Dancing around the shadows… again

Our assignment this week was to use our rainbow of gels to change the kind of light our flash put out to match ambient light. This method is used because some lights put out a color. Tungsten lights are warm and usually give photos a orangey-cast. Fluorescent puts out cool green and sometimes a little magenta. By putting a gel on the light, you can alleviate some of the color cast.

Here’s the photo I chose for my select, and also my lighting diagram.

Rachel Holmberg and Deb Forck practice ballet at the bar on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Both take classes at Studio B in Columbia, Mo. Holmberg just began ballet this summer. “(Ballet is) relaxing. It’s strengthening while centering me,” Holmberg said.

I am very happy about how the light fell on her face. I forgot to bring anything to diffuse my flash with but luckily there were some paper towels on the floor that I used instead. I found that increasing the power of the flash would allow enough light through but still soften the shadow
and angles. I know this photo is a a bit under exposed, but I think it was the best from my take that demonstrated all the proper techniques.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a few more from today, just to look at!

Holmberg and Forck again.

Cory Keck and Kari Laudano practice a rhythm medley.
I think I would have turned this one in, if it wasn’t for the expression on Keck’s face! He must have blinked from the flash. But I love the shadow at their feet.

Keck and Laundano.
I thought this shot was fun, but it was too underexposed to make the select.

P.S. If you like to watch dance, Keck and Laundano will be performing a showcase at Studio B on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.!

Why are you using flash during the day?

Yeah, why am I using flash during the day?

So this happens:

Henry Hellmuth installs low tunnels above a row of lettuce on one of Sustain Mizzou’s plots at the University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center. This “mini-greenhouse” allows crops to grow a few more weeks despite the dropping temperatures. Hellmuth is a member of Sustain Mizzou.

By using flash, I filled his face and body with additional light. Without that, the side of his body facing me would have been darkened by a deep shadow due to the position of the sun.

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I had a dream once…

… That shooting with flash wouldn’t be too bad.

That dream turned into a nightmare in real life. I’m not sure if I’ve ever so spectacularly failed at anything photo-related thus far! I guess everyone has to do a belly-flop once in a while.

The whole time I was taking photos, I had to think so hard. It made it more difficult to think about the shot itself when I was so concerned about getting the light right. The few times I did get it right, I felt like it happened by accident!

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Lighting metal

Pinterest, Stumbleupon, a myriad blogs… a new culture has arisen in America. The rise of the DIY: the do-it-yourselfer. People are turning to these ideas to make gifts for friends for a personal touch, instead of buying presents.

The hardest part of the Glass/Metal assignment was coming up with a concept. The first time I met with my group, I really didn’t have a good idea. My first idea involved the same scissors, a flag and a string. My idea was a reference to the Three Fates of Greek mythology make the decision of a person’s life; and the American people make the decision about the future of the American presidency.  I wanted to stay with the idea, but did not have time to put more effort into it. And, it just felt so abstract. I didn’t think I would even come close to making an audience “get” the concept.

Then I came up with the Do It Yourself culture idea. I felt like it was a concept that could be much easier to convey and was a lot more fun, especially as a DIY follower myself.

I’m not sure how my lighting of the scissors came out. Since it wasn’t super reflective metal, I wasn’t sure exactly how the lighting was supposed to look. I only used one strobe with a barn door that shot through a sheet, a reflector and a black card. So, I’m hoping I did alright!