Project 365

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Day 89 – Bokeh coming your way

Day 89, Project 365, 089/365, Strobist, Bokeh, Self Portrait, Strobist, ourdailychallenge, throw, throwing, ballons, T-Rex

Got some Bokeh coming your way! Just got to catch it…

Thinking about todays challenge it suddenly hit me. I had this fun idea and knew how I wanted to do it. After setting up and starting to shot I wasn’t getting the results I was looking for. For some reason I wasn’t able to get a fitting Portrait today. There are just those days when it’s not working out. After trying for over an hour I finally got one shot I was close to being happy with. That had to do.

Ok, there have been a couple of Questions how I did this shot. There is actually less editing involved then you might think, I try to get as much as possible done when shooting. First I went ahead and took the picture of me in that throwing position. I wanted to get a good light on my face and arms, fading towards the bottom but having a good separation on both sides against the black background. Also I went a little wider with the lens I was using to enhance the idea of something coming at you. Then I got my good old trusty Christmas lights out again. I laid those out in a row, turned off the light and took a couple of pictures with a wide open lens and varying shutter speed (to get different levels of brighness). What I got now is a row of bokeh balls nicely lined up that I just need to put in the picture. Put a couple of extra single bokeh balls in there to get a break in the pattern and your done.

BTW I’m thinking about putting up a couple of videos explaining how I did these shots and the thinking process behind it. Would there be any interest in that?

Strobist Info:
SB-80dx (24mm – 1/4) into 60cm softbox from the front as mainlight, SB-80dx (24mm – 1/64) bare and flagged towards camera and background camera left as rimlight, SB-80dx (24mm – 1/64) bare and flagged towards camera and background camera right as rimlight, Camera and flashes triggered via PocketWizard Plus II Transcievers

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