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  1. #81
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    Nice to see you back! Hope you are healing up well.


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    I like your fist photo, elongated or not. Glad your back up on your feet.
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    Don't push it. We want you to heal properly! Glad you're feeling better.
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    Thanks guys!

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    For this week's challenge, "Bokeh", I wanted to try Front Bokeh as I've always liked the effect since seeing it on some fashion shoot vid a year or so ago. Up til then when I wanted bokeh I always reflexively put it behind the subject. It's nice, but I think it's nifty when some of the bokeh circles cover the subject but are transparent enough to just give a color cast.

    I wanted to get my wife to sit for this, but she wasn't having it . So I got the next most human thing in our house: a giant nutcracker crafted from clay flower pots. He got stood on a chair in front of our dining room curtains with two soft boxes trained at 45 degree angles. A bit of a Dutch Angle tilt with the tripod, as pure vertical was kind of uninteresting. For the bokeh, I grabbed a string of Christmas lights.

    The first string of lights were all white (the colored string was in the attic and I was too lazy to dig them out). However they were tiny LED lights mounted flush against the sockets like little baby spotlights. No protrusion at all so they sent out very directional beams. I had to work to get them all pointed at the lens, or they wouldn't show. After numerous frustrating attempts, I finally got several at once oriented the correct way and took the shot:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-front-bokeh-white-lights-1.jpg

    Because they were so tiny they had to be pushed almost right up to the lens glass, and that created the problem of making the wires visible as dark shadows between them that you can see. Additionally, I didn't find it very festive. Time to stop being lazy. Up the attic I went.

    The more traditional lights were much easier to work with, and I liked the multitude of colors, but here too I had to be careful not to let the wires get enough light on them to ruin the shot:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-front-bokeh-2-1.jpg

    That was caused by the light string being held too far from the lens. Far enough that the wires were being illuminated by the edges of the soft boxes. It took some finagling, but I did eventually figure out how to keep a mat of loose lights fairly flat and find the sweet spot to hold them between the lens and the light source. I took about 10 decent shots, and this one ended up being the one I thought had the best distribution of lights for the composition. It's the one I entered:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-front-bokeh-1-1.jpg

    That was a fun challenge. Kudos to last week's winner Peter7100 for suggesting it!
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    Great shots, Tom!!!
    It's always great to read your experience. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nestor.stura View Post
    Great shots, Tom!!!
    It's always great to read your experience. Thanks.
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    Wow, thank you very much, Nestor! I hope you and yours are all well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    Wow, thank you very much, Nestor! I hope you and yours are all well
    Yes, thanks God, a lot of work and healthy.
    Hope you and family too!

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    I've always liked the paintings of Rene Magritte, the Belgian surrealist. I have several framed prints of some of his more famous works around my house that I've owned since I was young.

    One of his most recognizable works is a painting of a pipe titled "The Treachery of Images", or "This is not a pipe" ("Ceci n'est pas une pipe"). It's witty because at first glance it is a pipe, but in reality it's not a pipe. It's a painting. I always got a kick out of that.

    He also did a painting of a landscape, with the canvas in the window looking out at the exact landscape.

    So when I saw this week's theme was "Looking Out", I thought it would be fun to try a surrealist spin of my own using an actual surrealist print. Since it's snowing AGAIN here, and my wife is not happy about it, I had the idea to have her look at the landscape print as if she were dreaming it was actually spring or summer. So she's looking at a painting of a landscape that has a painting of a landscape over an actual landscape. I called it "Ceci n'est pas une fenętre" ("This is not a window") as an homage. Since yes, I am that pretentious

    I put the print over one of the two windows at our kitchen table, and had her stare at it while I snapped from several angles and focal lengths. At the end I narrowed it down to these two:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-not-window-1-.jpg

    .

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-not-window-2-.jpg

    It was a tough call for me. I really like the first picture's overall composition, filling the frame. But I thought I almost lined up the print almost too perfectly, making it look like a split-screen composite.

    And I liked having a bit more of my wife showing in the second shot, and preferred her more contemplative expression. But I didn't like seeing my neighbor's house, and cropping it out made it look awkward. On the other hand, seeing the top of the framed poster made it more obvious what was going on, and less split-screen looking.

    In the end, I went with #1.

    I'll note that it was a bit of a technical challenge. There were two different light temperatures to deal with (soft box behind my wife to highlight her hair and bring the poster out of shadow, and sunlight coming in through window). And controlling reflections off the glass fronted poster took a fair amount of manipulation (I was too lazy to dig out my CPF, lol).

    Anyway, it was a lot of fun setting this up. Win, lose, or draw I was a good day of shooting
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    I've been in quite a photography funk the last couple of weeks. I don't know what it is, but I just haven't felt like pulling the camera out. However after work yesterday I forced myself to stick a lens on the ol' Nikon and have a go at this week's challenge. Maybe immersing myself in the process would get me over the hump.

    The theme this week was "Yellow". I didn't want to do the stereotypical yellow fruit composition, so I searched for other things around the house that fit the category. My wife races motorcycles, and one of her dirt bikes is bright yellow. I thought of posing her on it in a yellow-streaked helmet and matching jersey. But then I saw a few other objects that looked more interesting. One was a tiny little rubber sheep my wife keeps on her desk as a hand-squeeze stress reliever. The other was a heavy duty outdoor electrical extension cord. Both were bright yellow.

    I started with the sheep, which looked funny head-on done high key on a white drop cloth. In fact, I'm kinda sorry I deleted those pics now. But at the time I decided it needed more elements, so I found a yellow parts basket and flipped it upside down to look like a fence and placed both on a green woolen blanket that I bunched into rolling contours. It still needed something though, so scouring around I found my old Monopoly game and snagged the wheelbarrow piece from it. And voila, a yellow sheep escaping from a toy farm:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-yellow-ewe-too-.jpg

    That took a bit more work than I thought it would. The tray and the sheep were both the same shade of yellow, so they almost blended together. But I had this set up in a light box, and by moving and angling the baby spotlights on the outside of the box I was able to direct some shadows and shading to differentiate them (I think I may have made the sheep just a tad too bright while trying to do that, though). Then it was just a matter of seeing what different apertures produced. Wide open was way too shallow a DOF, and anything much over f/7 made the tray look obviously like a tray. I settled on f/7.1 as the sweet spot.

    Then to the extension cord.

    I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw it, so the only thing was to figure out the setup. I decided to go low key so the yellow would really pop. I hung my black drop cloth over the kitchen table window - the same table you see my wife sitting at in my previous post - and turned all the lights out. I went with a single soft box pointed right at my face, since I wanted it kind of dramatic with shadows and highlights. Then it was just a matter of holding the cord with my hand high enough up so it curved into a snake shape, but not so high up that it was in the shot. With the other hand I fired off the IR remote trigger on a 2-second timer. At less than 1/50th of a second I had a lot of blurry pictures as either my head, the cord, or both moved, but I did finally get several keepers. (9-point AF-F mode.)

    In PP I had fun changing the color of my eyes and teeth. The hat is naturally that color. This was the first one I processed:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-yellow-venom-pookie-.jpg

    But then I realized I preferred this shot, after initially dismissing it because I cut off the bottom portion of my chin and the cord wasn't as long:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-yellow-venom-two-.jpg

    It just seems like a better composition overall, so that's the one I entered. Even though the hat brim cast more of a shadow and made the eye change less obvious, I just liked it more.

    I realized as I was doing all this just how much fun I was having trying to figure all the elements out in order to get the result I wanted. Hopefully it was enough fun that it got me out of my rut!
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