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This image was made as part of an experimental self-assignment. My studio is in a hurricane prone area of the East Coast and while visiting the local hardware store I discovered the translucent 4x8 background I am using here, which is actually an impact resistant material used to board up windows, instead of plywood. Because of the internal honeycomb construction light interacts in a very unique almost laser like way (notice the white streak at the bottom of the image). Behind the panel we hung one of those tacky shell curtains from World Bazaar and beyond that is white seamless paper.
This was an exercise in light control using a total of 5 Quantum T5D's with attached FreeXwire Receivers (FW7Q) all on manual with a variety of light modifiers all slaved and controlled with a shoe mounted FreeXwire Transmitter from my Canon 5D. The image was shot at ISO 100 @ F6.3 @ 1/60 sec with a 70 to 200 2.8 lens zoomed to 78 mm.
The background light was a T5D with a QF68 Soft box and an orange gel placed over the flash tube. The unit was set at 1/2 power and directed from the side at the white seamless paper from 5 ft away. Without light on the shells they would have appeared as dull gray blobs. A boomed out T5D at 1/4 power in a Westcott 12" X 55" strip bank did the trick without making them too dominate. The hair and main were also boomed into position, a Westcott 36" strip with a T5D at 1/4+ for the hair light and a second 55" strip at 1/2 power for the main, both were set up with control grids to provide flaring for the background. Finally Fill-flash was provided by a T5D with standard reflector placed on the floor just in front of the subject at 1/16 power. The raw quality of the fill is what gives the image its punch in the diffused highlights and also the beam of light at the base of the image.
1. White seamless paper
2. 55" Westcott strip bank with T5D at 1/4 power
3. T5d with QF68 and orange gel at 1/4 power
4. Shell curtain
5. Translucent panel
6. 36" Westcott strip bank with T5D at 1/4 power & control grid
7. Subject in chair
8. 55" Westcott strip bank with T5D at 1/2 power & control grid
9. T5D with standard reflector at 1/16 power