"In the still water of the fountains one saw the splash of human faces, ignited by these gold and scarlet stars as they rose hissing into heaven like thirsty swans." from Justine by Lawrence Durrell.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


 Here is the set up for the orchid image. I used natural light coming in from window left. Then I diffused the lighting using three 24x36 china silk scrims that you can see in the picture. The silks come in different thicknesses, full, 1/2, and 1/3. I used two full and a 1/3 third. This way I can feather the light and give different areas of the image a controlled value.

You can see in the picture that the window light at some point is going through all three silks making a 2 and 1/3 stop of diffusion and in the middle just two silks. At the top, only one silk is diffusing the light.

On the right is a piece of white foamcore and what you can't see if a strip of Roscoflex silver reflector material running down the middle to push one slice of light toward the orchid.

There is also a 12x18 Lowell silver reflector on the floor pushing bounced light toward the wall.    

Again, it looks like a simple shot but with diligent light control I can spread the light the way I want and produce an overall light palette. 

©2015 Andy deBruyn

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