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Session Drummer - Jimi

By theLightMatters
Thought I'd upload something a little different to the rest of my portfolio today so here is a shot I made of a session drummer back in December.

When I saw the sun starting to appear from behind the house in the background I couldn't resist setting up a starburst shot. The sun was partially occluded and because of the very strong backlight I had to do something I never normally do and put the speedlite onto full power to light him. The starburst effect was created by stopping down the lens rather than by using a filter.

Aligning the drumstick with the sun was very simple - I just asked the subject to look at the shadow it was making on the front element of the lens. He lined it up and let me know when we were good to go.

The overall effect is perhaps more Harry Potter than Drummer but it was fun to make and he thought it was cool. There is no substitute for wowing the client in the field Wink

DISCLAIMER - I strongly advise anyone reading this not to try it yourself! Pointing your camera at the sun can result in a loss of sight and/or damage to the camera's sensor. If you're foolish enough to try it and go blind, don't blame me.

Tags: Strobist Backlight Starburst Drummer Black and white Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2011 10:37AM
I like this.....good use of the prop and well very well. Brave but came off...

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