PDA

View Full Version : Assignment #1: Zeke




Zeke
Dec 21, 2005, 12:45 PM
Submitted this somewhere else but figured it fit the theme.

http://img460.imageshack.us/img460/8153/holidayprep7qx.jpg



jelloshotsrule
Dec 27, 2005, 12:54 PM
i like it

i'm a sucker for heavy focus contrast

nice work

only comment i'd have is that the flash (i assume) caused the front of the object to be a bit overexposed. with the shiny material, that is a bit exaggerated. sweet though

mkrishnan
Dec 27, 2005, 01:03 PM
This is nice! :) Excellent bokeh! :D

My only comment would be that you should work the colors a little more, along the lines of what Jello said. The red of the bow in the foreground comes out as almost a maroon...if you boosted the colors so that it went in the direction of a traditional poinsettia Christmas red, then I think it would also make the golds richer. :)

Zeke
Dec 27, 2005, 01:50 PM
Yeah, the flash did blow out the color of the ribbon...that would've worked much better. It didn't come out like I was hoping (wanted the reflection in the glass to be much more significant and the colors to pop more). I did this in really low lighting so I probably should've bounced the flash. Thanks for the comments guys.

jelloshotsrule
Jan 5, 2006, 03:01 PM
how would you have bounced the flash? do you have a flash that's not connected to your camera?

i'm asking to learn, not to be a smartass. ;)

Zeke
Jan 5, 2006, 03:03 PM
The flash is a separate flash (e.g., Canon 420ex, 550ex, etc...) that can be pivoted to point in other directions. I could have pointed it to my ceiling which would have given a much more diffuse lighting that wouldn't have reflected back into the lens so much. Using the on camera flash, one might be able to use a piece of aluminum foil or white note card to redirect the flash to the ceiling. I don't know how well this works though as it would depend on how the camera determines flash exposure.

how would you have bounced the flash? do you have a flash that's not connected to your camera?

i'm asking to learn, not to be a smartass. ;)

numediaman
Jan 5, 2006, 10:32 PM
Since I just unwrapped my D50 at Christmas and do not have a seperate flash I've been forced to use the onboard flash. As a result I've taken dozens of photos with the flash turned off or with various objects in front of the flash. Usually I place a finger at the top or bottom of the flash to try and get the right effect. I'd like to locate a small mirror to place in front of it at an angle to see how that works.