The Holidays are over and it's back to the mountains. This is a mid-week trip to Gull Pond in the Pharaoh Mountain wilderness in the Adirondack Mountains.
Not as much snow as I anticipated, but it was cold!
Over the river and through the woods...
Finally - Arrival at the pond!
Thank you all.
Rayyan, I will tell you the next time. This time has been busy with long days at the race circuit (I haven't slept since yesterday morning, some 40 hours ago) and tomorrow is my only day off here. I thought I'd take a few photos in this very modern city. But there will be more visits in the future. There are many places to see in this part of the world, more motor races fore sure and I find the people here friendly and easy to communicate with.
I know, I know..Irresistable..
Thank you Steve!
Sunsrise at Rai Leh, Krabi, Thailand.
Conrad: Nice to see you posting again. Nice set of images too. BTW, looks like you're doing no better in the snow department than we are. Strange winter.
Rayyan: You've got the eye, my friend. BTW, loving the stories and images on the website. Can't wait for the second half of Lost!
Pramote: Gorgeous, flat out. Loved the new shot on the MF forum as well.
Lovely photo, Pramote.
here are the final retouched images chosen by the agency for Taylor's book.
Thanks Lloyd and Jorgen for your kind comments.
Conrad, Very Nice Landscapes!
Rayyan, Caught Em Right In The Headlights! Nice! ;- )
Pramote, Takes Your Breath Away! Stunning!!!
Daves, Top Notch, Gorgeous Set!!!
Lloyd, Steve..missed you guys!!
A door..in Bohemia.
Photo (taken last mid-October) in the Adirondacks near the head waters of the Hudson River.
I believe that you see Haystack mountain in the distance.
Very nice one Conrad.
Someone didn't want to go home.
D3s, 50/1.4, @ f2.0, ISO 3200
You've got that right, Rayyan! And thank you.
Truth is, I had to take the pictures so I wouldn't give in to her. She has me wrapped around her little finger, and I make no apologies.
Taken last fall from a mountain on the north end of Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks.
Thanks to you both, Steve and Jorgen.
Jorgen, in answer to your question, no, not always. I chose the D3s for this particualar evening (a family dinner at my brother's house) knowing that the lighting would be very poor. I didn't want to use flash, and only used the 50/1.4. For casual shooting I often use the D300 or my M8.
I tried a little experiment today. This was inspired by Daves (dmeckert), who used a beauty dish with a grid and a "shower cap" (under the grid) both on the beauty dish at the same time. I wanted to see the difference with different modifiers.
Slightly, , I know. I'd put this in the lighting thread, but since Daves shots here inspired it, I thought I'd put it here.
Here's the setup. The small statue is 9.5 inches tall, exactly 3 feet from the background and 16 inches from the beauty dish. The beauty dish is a Mola "Demi" 22". I shot with my D3s (tripod mounted) and the 24-70/2.8. All shots were at 70mm, ISO 200, 1/125, and f8.0; WB set for Flash. The strobe is an Elinchrome Ranger RX, set at it's lowest power. Light was metered, using a Sekonic L-358, with the reading taken right between the two faces. All of these are straight out of the camera, except for resizing for web viewing.
I did not feather the dish, but kept it centered on the statue. BTW, 16" was as close as I could get to the subject without the dish getting in the way. Relative to the subject size, 16" is a long way, so the resulting light is fairly hard.
To my eyes, the differences are subtle. I think they're most noticeable in the shadow to the left of the statue. Also, the last shot (with the grid and the shower cap), looks to me to be about a stop underexposed relative to the other shots, but I think it may actually be the most accurately exposed.
I'd like to try this again with a human model. I think the light-to-subject distance here might make the differences harder to detect.
I'd appreciate anyone else's take. Thanks.
First shot - Beauty dish with no modifier:
Second Shot - Beauty dish with the shower cap:
Third Shot - Beauty dish with grid:
Last shot - Beauty dish with grid and shower cap under the grid:
big time thanks for taking the time to create these images, and posting them, Lloyd.
i'm at school currently on a poor quality monitor...i'll check them again once i'm home on my 27" imac, for a more critical look.
initial impression is that there isn't a whole big difference...probably because f the size and distances involved, at least partly. it may also have to do with the mola design and how it treats light.
i think the results make sense though, once the mind wraps itself around them. took me a while to figure out what i was seeing. especially with the shower cap shot...took a moment to click. i think you ca really see the difference in how the shadow spreads over the back, behind the arms, and behind the feet...and less so on the paper. also, the shape of the highlights on the lady's shin.
again...i want to double check on a monitor that actually has some contrast and dynamic range to it. i'm sure i'll have more to blabber about. haha
next time i have a model i'll have to produce a set of my own. it's always amazed me how many ways people successfully use beauty dishes.
EDIT: solely based on the photo...for my money, i like the last shot best. at least, this week
2nd shot seems about a 1/4 ± brighter than the first. Just guessing a bit but expect you might see a larger spread of differences as you move the beauty dish with different mods in and out from the subject. I am somewhat inclined to think this beauty dish for such a small object is still rather broad regardless of its modifiers thus eliminating most of the differences they might convey. Does this make sense?
Nice little experiment though.
Daves: Thanks for looking. I look forward to what you see on a decent monitor.
Rob: Great to hear from you! I agree with your take overall, and think we might see more significant differences with a subject that isn't just under half the diameter of the light modifier. I might have to go old school and use a head brace for the subject to eliminate any variations in positioning.
I will now admit this, however. The first three shots all metered at 8.0, and the last shot at exactly 5.6, so one full stop. I actually took a shot at 5.6, but it was a bit blown out.
alright...now officially blind from squinting at the screen up close at home. lol
i'm going to pretty much stick with my assessment from before. though i noticed another place where there are differences, and that's the man's right arm, the one in shadow. i like the darker tonality of the bare dish and the gridded sock, but the gridded sock seems to have a slightly softer edge.
next spare moment i have, if nobody beats me to it, i want to put them together as a gif that cycles through them.
Lloyd, nice experiment. Last one works best for me!
Friends...Thanks for viewing.
Fantastic setup Lloyd! It came out great.
I like the last one.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Steve and Pramote, much appreciated.
Beautiful and etherial image, Pramote. Great idea, impressive result.
My "Portrait in Green"
Photo of a swamp on one of my jaunts.
Some flowers from the desert..
Gorgeous Rayyan. Hope the business is doing well.