Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hey Look a Chicken...

I always have the best intentions when I try to experiment with something new but it never really goes as planned. I always think I will use the same setting and remember what I did different in each picture but I am not a a very organized experimenter. I just get distracted easily.

So I bought a reflector an insanely long time ago and just decided to play today. I can see what a difference it makes to use one in certain situations (not sure if I like it though it is probably just me not doing it right yet)...and how hard it is to hold one and take a picture at the same time. These pics were taken in pretty good sunlight though. Methinks I will hire my hubby to help me out tomorrow so I can replay with all the different sides and actually pay attention this time.

I wasn't really worried about comp or squinty eyes, really just wanting to see the effect.

No reflector:
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White side(I think...see what I mean):
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Gold(I know this one for a fact cause I remember the face)
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I really just like the way the no reflector looked but that could be cause I used a wider ap too so it is harder to compare the look. I can also see where it might come in handy with catchlights. I am going to try to play tomorrow hopefully in some serious blacklighting and see if the reflector adds to the image. I also want to experiment with the distance of the reflector and such. It is always nice to have another tool on my side.

I was shocked that Blaze actually participated though so we will see if we can get two days in a row.

Next up fill flash...

12 comments:

pat said...

Gotta hand it to you , Bobbi--I never have the patience to experiment, or at least keep track of what I did when... I think the reflector will work well in shady situations; just have to grow another arm so you can hold it!!

Jess said...

Rock on Blaze & Mommy! My kids HATE when I bring the reflector out. But darn it, it really DOES help. Sigh. I've been practicing fill flash too. Not sure if I am really "getting it" but I can kind of figure out how far to dial it down for how intense the backlighting is... maybe that's progress? I just resist change at all costs and would much rather stick with natural light and no gadgets... sigh. :p

Kari said...

Looks like you're figuring it out! When you try it again keep the ap low like the first and don't over expose. I think you'll be happy with the result!

Diana said...

i love his expression in the second photo

Angela~Kclmomof4 said...

I need to get out and practice too. Good Job.

Michelle said...

he did a great job sitting for your experiment. i don't use my reflector too often...i'm more of a diffuser girl. i do usually have someone else holding either and that really helps. have fun with that flash!

Becky said...

oooh im so glad you're doing this!! expect a peamail really soon! i love blaze in that shade of green!!

Mom2Drew said...

I actually think it really brightens up the eyes! I like it especially in #2.

Chell said...

Love that last expression. Love the experiment you did. Now you just need reflector stand. One of the MANY things on my wish list.

Becky said...

Good for you. I have been resistant to stretching lately and I need to take a cue from you.
I thought it was Hey look a squirrel? ;-)

Amy said...

Good for you for taking the time to experiment. I like the sidelighting best, too.

Scrapper88 said...

How neat, I love the changes it does to the picture. I think your pics always look amazing!!

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