Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lucky Me!

OK. I had a little time to play with my lights tonight. I'm not really my favorite subject but I work for free. I don't usually include the camera meta data on my posts but because it's relevant to the strobist info below I let you know the shot was taken at f/7.1, 1/125sec, ISO 250 using the 10 second timer with camera mounted on my Slik tripod. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did! :-)

Title: "Lucky Me!"

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8

Post-processing: Photoshop CS3 > Duplicate Background Layer > Topaz Adjust plugin "Psychedelic" preset with mask to limit the effect on the face > Curves Adjustment Layer to improve overall contrast > Merge Visible to New Layer > Select portion of right background and copy to new layer > flip copied right backround portion and move to the left with a mask to hide the seem over the copied section > Merge Visible to New Layer > Distort Lens Correction Vignette

Strobist: Homemade beauty dish on Manfrottp 366b light stand facing straigt in at head level using a Canon 430EX flash on 1/4 power > Vivitar 285HV flash at 1/16th on Manfrotto 366B light stand on camera right with a green gel pointing at the background > Vivitar 285HV flash at 1/16th on Manfrotto 366B light stand camera left with shoot through white umbrella slightly higher than head level > all lights fired by Pocket Wizards > Beauty Dish and shoot through umbrella were both 3-4' from subject (me)


Larry J. Patrick said...

It's you. I have always suspected that you were really one of the "little" people from the green island. Good job on the lights.

A little advice: you might consider paying a little for your models in the future.

Nice job.

Anonymous said...

HA! You are so brave. My only thought is since you are post-processing your images yourself, perhaps you should cut back on the "psychedelic" layer even more, or the Lucis or whatever is aging you 20 years! I have heard there are even ways to smooth the skin :)...or maybe I am just having a hard time accepting the inevitable. Isn't it just a little early to be celebrating St. Patrick's Day?

This shot definitely makes the viewer smile.


Barry Armer said...

Thanks Patrick and Cindi!

May you be in Heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead!

Cindi - I'll try to tone the effect down some before I print it for the "The Holidays" assignment at Bay Area Photo Club! I finished up a little late last night and admittedly rushed a bit with post-processing. Yes it's early for St. Patty's Day but the assignment description doesn't prohibit a future holiday! ;-)

Saints Preserve Us!

Ted said...

I've not stopped by in too long Barry, and now I'm overwhelmed. Your work is so imaginative. And so varied. From a technical standpoint I particularly like it that you have found ways to under utilize what are too frequently heavy-handed filters. Topaz is so seductive... it makes too many photographers pig out... and what visitors see are the filters that drop like walls against us getting to the feelings and ideas behind the image.

But you use them the way a painter uses different brushes. Thanks for showing us the meaning of subtle Barry. Your work rocks!

Barry Armer said...

Thanks so much for the kind words Ted! I really appreciate it!

One of the many good things about posting photos on a blog is that if you get too heavy handed on the filters someone will usually point it out!


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