Light and shadows

“If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light” –  Pope John XXIII

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 30mm. Exposure: f/8.0 @ 1/15, ISO 200)

On this portrait of Charr that I took at my home, I used my ebay transmitters with 2 nikon SB-80 strobes mounted on light stands. For the main light on her, I used an umbrella to soften the light and set it up off to my right.

(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: f/5.0 @ 1/100, ISO 200)

For the background I used a trick I picked up from I moved an indoor ficus we had over near an open wall and used it as a gobo (lighting-speak for something that goes in between a light and what it’s shined on). I placed the second strobe behind it and threw a patterned of shadows from the tree against the wall. It was a quick and easy (and cheap) way to create an interesting background.

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