Ringlight and the FourSquare

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Yes it’s a ring light in the FourSquare. Pretty interesting with and without the diffuser. I was starting to work on a new photo project but got side tracked with one of those crisis items, like spilled milk. When things clear up a bit I am going to see what this really looks like. I am assuming pretty darn even. I am particularly interested without the diffuser.

Work in Progress … Car Light

Work in Progress … Car Light

A project we are working on that is not finished. A local dealership needed a way to photograph there automobiles out of the “Colorado” weather. Just can’t depend on it when you need it.

We have hung a 1/2 Grid Silent Silk (from the Rag Place) in LA on a 15’x30′ frame below ten color correct fluorescents. The Audi was a quick test shot to see how the overall image was looking. We knew we had more work to do, particularly something about the garage door that was reflecting in the rear quarter panel. After seeing just how it was reflecting gave us a good call on where to start.

We are waiting on a few more items to finish out the job. I will try and remember to shoot a final when it is all done.

Vase, Rods and a Dash of Color

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A simple set up showing how the light breaks work. I have talked in a past post about the frame with plastic cardboard sides … this was used to make the pattern on the set wall. (4’x8′) The rods are acrylic colors available from our local plastic supply with a small strobe powering through them to make the “glow”. They kind of act like fiber optic rods. I just threw this together so I could show you how those Lightbreaks work. The wall is for a different idea but after seeing this result I may play with it more. Ah don’t forget www.lightbreak.com

Modifiers for the Speed light … Did you think of these?

Modifiers for the Speed light … Did you think of these?

I just love hardware stores. What I have here a a square picture frame painted black that I use to mount different screens, scrims and odd materials that I find in the store. I have pictured different “bug” screens and a plastic square mesh that I found in the garden isle. They all have a unique look when I employ my speed lights through them. The frame snaps apart for easy travel in my 42″ Lightware Cargo Case and all the scrim pieces lay flat on the bottom of the case.

Get crazy try all kinds of different stuff. You just might find something that adds a unique quality to your images.

 

Chalk Macro Focus Stack

Chalk Macro Focus Stack

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I just had to try focus stacking. As you can see the difference between the two images it really does work. I exposed 12 different images slightly changing the focus back to front. A Nikon D800 was used with a 60mm micro lens. We ran the images through Capture One to the computer so we had some idea of how the focus was changing. It was very interesting.

How would this work on some large industrial facility where you could get everything from the far wall to the near bolt in focus? I am sure this has been done. It must give the image a hyper real existence. Kind of like doing a HDR image to the extreme. Sometimes you can tell it has been worked hard, other images you can’t. Just another tool in the box for digital. I could never have done this on 4×5 sheet film.

 

FourSquare and the Quadra

FourSquare FSK30 30" softbox with the elinchrom quadra head with reflector, diffuser. and bare head

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We have had several photographers ask if they could use their Elinchrom Quadra in a FourSquare Box. The answer is yes. It is a very easy mount to solve with just a mini mount and a stud that comes with a 026 Manfrotto Stand adapter. You use a mini mount and screw it into the stud and you are ready to go. Like the image on the bottom left.

The top three images and bottom right use the  same adapter but mounts a single head into a center mount on the FourSquare Block. Either way works. The most even light comes from mounting the head on the center mount and removing the reflector.