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So what’s your “Lucky Something”? This weeks theme made perfect sense seeing as it was St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday the 17th, unfortunately I’m not all that superstitious, I don’t believe in good luck charms, fortune cookies (that doesn’t stop me from eating them though), and don’t even get me started on Astrology. So in thinking over the theme I wondered what I could possibly shoot that represented my “Lucky Something”
So here’s what I came up with, my trusty Swiss Army Knife that I’ve had in my pocket for over 12 years! (hence the worn out logo/light switch) Here’s the link to the white light version of my knife as they no longer make the red light version that I have.
I had several different possible images for the knife in mind and I was able to actually make each one happen, although with different levels of success. I chose the above image because I liked it’s close and low viewpoint giving an ethereal view of a rather small ordinary subject and the selective focus. I made this image by placing the white diffuser panel of my 5in1 reflector across two chairs and placed my YN-560 flash zoomed out to 24mm directly underneath and I flipped out the flash’s “wide angle” diffuser. I triggered it using the Cactus V5 wireless trigger.
I was set at 1/4 power and with the 50mm f/1.8 + 12mm extension tube I just moved around the knife taking shots at different angles, heights, and distances, focusing on different parts of the knife and its multi-use implements.
The high power setting of the flash combined with the diffuser really wrapped the knife in a soft glow that I loved.
Here’s the generic “product shot”. So I started at this angle and worked my way in, by doing it this way I was able to find the best composition by moving and isolating the feature I wanted to showcase most.
So this was my second idea, a back lit silhouette, I placed the knife on a stool and placed the 5in1 diffuser panel behind it and snooted the YN-560 flash set at 1/6 power and zoomed in to 105mm, it gave a real nice spotlight effect behind the knife. It was amazing how the camera settings made this look like a dark studio shot but in fact I was in my office with the room lights on.
And finally the third idea which I thought I would like the most seeing that I’m an HDR addict and I also wanted to give some sense of scale and use to the knife by placing it in its environment. However it just lacks a certain something, but I liked the processing and the textures so I’ll show it anyways.
So there you have it, not really my “Lucky Something” as I don’t have anything like that, but it certainly is my “Trusty Something” and that’s good enough!
I’m still working up the St. Patrick’s Day Parade photowalk shots and I should have those up soon, until then thanks as always for looking.