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Very cool shot Mike. I suppose many people know this already, but I'm a newbie to the POTW ... do you care to share any of your lighting ideas and/or camera equipment used for this and the last few shots. The lighting and such is similar, and beautiful in all.
I understand if these are closely-guarded trade secrets dissemitation which is punishable by many dollars (I'm a lawyer), but any information would be great.
Thanks for setting the bar high ... the way we all improve.
Hi Carolyn, Thank you for those kind words. First I would like to say the "bar" is relative to all of us individually. I myself feel I have a long way to go with my work. I am learning as well. I can only get better by doing. Shooting with you guys helps me do that. In some ways I wish there were no winners or finals. It is really all subjective. Then again, I think we all tend to push harder when faced with friendly competition ( I'll get you Endre! ) and this is a good thing.
As far as lighting and setup..., well to be honest with you Carolyn, I'm sorry to say there is no secret I wish there were. Every shot I take is different. I use simple lighting because I do not have any high-end lights, reflectors, soft-boxes, off camera flashes, etc. That is not to say I would not use them. but for now a piece of poster board as a reflector, a piece of plain printer paper over the hood of a desk lamp for a diffuse box, and old sheets as backdrops will have to due for my inside shots. I never know what is going to work best to achieve what I will be happy with or if it will even work. Every shot has a life of it's own and yours will too. This scene is light by one 100w bulb behind the helmet. Because the helmet shot straight on does not have many outlining characteristics I decided to reflect back some of the light. Right now my photo gear is limited to my Nikon D80, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and a Bogan Manfroto tripod with a ball head.
Hope this helped at least a little. Looking forward to your entry.