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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Me to You

Nikon D70 @ 70mm, 30 sec, f/10, ISO 200
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Is this not just the saddest little bear you've ever seen? :)

After the 'Green' shot a couple of days ago I wanted to try the blown out background effect again, but with a different subject. I'm quite pleased how this one turned out.


Anonymous Jem said...

Is it your birthday John? :) I think I got one of those for my 18th but not for my 21st hehe - they always do look so sad though. Great shot - the composition is unusual to have to much space at the top, but I think it works really well. Makes him appear small and vulnerable.

12:59 pm, August 13, 2005  
Blogger John said...

I wish it was! I got this little guy last year, but am now 22 - it's such a depressing age to be I think! :)

I'm glad you thought the composition made him look small and vulnerable - that's exactly what I was going for. I was thinking of puting him in the bottom right hand corner and making him really small, but it doesn't really work for the size of image I'm displaying here. I'll maybe do that with a desktop wallpaper or something :)

Thanks for the comments.

1:08 pm, August 13, 2005  
Anonymous Jem said...

Hey i'm 22 too, and I know what you mean ;) 21 is good, 22 means you're starting to get old! ARGH! :)

5:51 pm, August 13, 2005  
Anonymous Obelix said...

Oh, yes, works for me. Great use of negative space.

9:46 pm, August 13, 2005  
Blogger Ladyred said...

o good grief, wait til you hit 30.....LOL

11:50 pm, August 13, 2005  
Blogger Mahes said...

"smile please"

Oh.. my bear
rub out your tear

shear your hair
float in cheer

1:12 am, August 15, 2005  
Anonymous Alan Graham said...

Don't go there... Just turned 26 last week. I'm now officially "late twenties" or "twenty-something". Aaargh.

Amazing shot - sad & vulnerable. How do achieve a flawless white background, post-processed or some mini-studio set-up?

I don't know about others, but a tutorial (similar to your "Digital Blending" post on dpeview.com) would be excellent! (Hope you don't think I'm being cheeky here!).


10:28 am, August 15, 2005  
Anonymous Alex said...

Poor old tatty teddy, well done on making him look so vulnerable. Great use of negative space. It would be interesting to see what it would like if you stuck him in a corner at the bottom.

And as for beign 22... shut up I've only got 2 and a half months left of being 21 and already starting to feel depressed!

8:33 pm, August 15, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Hey Alan. It's still a little trial and error for me at the moment. For this one, I spot metered the bear and set my exposure. I placed a couple of sheets of glossy photo paper beneath and behind the bear. This gave me an almost white background. Then I hid my SB-800 behind the bear, pointing towards the sheets of photo paper, and set it to overexpose by a few stops. Then I just cleaned up the image in PS.

For this one I also added a slight lighting effect in PS - causing the slight grey gradient at the edges of the image.

If you want more info just let me know. I don't think my lighting skills are quite up to scratch to write a tutorial on it yet though! :)

12:08 am, August 16, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Hey Alex... where have you been?? :)

Cheers for the comments - you must have been reading my mind (see my reply to jem)!

Enjoy your last 2 and a half months while you can! :)

12:09 am, August 16, 2005  
Anonymous Alan Graham said...

Thanks for that John,

I'll give it a try soon. I'm still using an ancient 1980s Cobra flashgun which seems to be only too glad to overexpose by a few stops 8-)

Oh, apologies for shamelessly ripping off your shot of The Cloisters in my blog... :)

6:16 pm, August 17, 2005  
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