A interesting exercise is taking a look at images that are reversed. Same basic subject one on white one on black. One color, one Black and White. You can find many unique ways of looking at subjects by isolating the color and the background.
I think you agree that these images both make a different statement about a railroad stake.
FYI, the BW stake was supported using a rectangular piece of wood with a “V” slot cut into it. It is about five inches above black velvet. Two SB 900’s were used along with a mirror to light the subject. The exact same lighting was used on the color stake. We have changed the lighting ratios and placed it on a piece of P25 matte white plexi.
I am still confused when all the new “Indie” folks get concerned about carrying their gear. This Lightware MF1217 holds a system just fine. Works easily with a shoulder strap and doesn’t say “CAMERA CASE WITH LOTS OF EXPENSIVE GEAR! PLEASE STEAL ME!!.
It fits easily in the airplane overhead and many times I prefer this to wheels. So many of the back streets in Europe with cobble stones can be murder on the gear due to vibration. I still take my rolling case but like to have the gold close to my side when its traveling on the road. As hard as the traveling is already, less is more when you get on the plane.
So while wandering the isle of the Home Depot by the studio I came across a large glass block 12″ x 12″. I wanted to see what a background would look like with a speed light pumping through it. I believe it was set at 1/8th power. We tried color gels and you can see the results below. I would like to see if I could find a large plastic “glass” block. Does any one know?
I recently found this handy little light while at my local improvement store. It runs on three AAA batteries and by adding a couple of hook and loop tabs the the back, it attaches perfectly to the inside of my Lightware camera case. So you are working in a dark set this can be a saver. I found this beauty at Home Depot. It was in the fluorescent bulb isle.
On of Lucas’s locations in far away places. He took this great portrait with a FourSquare and a Nikon SB900 speedlight. Such a nice balance of “flash” light and
available light of Rush Sturges. For more of Lucas’s work check out http://LucasGilman.com