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Crows. Hill. Birdcage.

Leaky Basement Studios

Sometimes I shoot table top stuff in my basement that leaks a lot when it rains. When it is dry I will do some portraits with strobes, mostly with one or two Cactus RF60 heads and one trigger with the various gel, gobo, reflector, etc. I have a few props I play with, you can pick them out image to image sometimes. Just trying to keep enough oil on the gears of creativity. 

Crows. Hill. Birdcage.

Crows. Hill. Birdcage.

This is a similar set up to the swan image. Same back light under the hanging birdcage. I added a snooted side light to hit the birds from behind and draw little shadows on the hillside. I really like crows but they are difficult to get into my leaky basement.

Swan. Lake. Tree.

Swan. Lake. Tree.

Shot this on a metal table top with one gelled light behind the tree shooting onto a grey drop. I held my iPhone flashlight on the plastic swan from overhead as I made the exposure with a timer. I used a Lensbaby Edge 80 lens in macro to exaggerate the bokeh.

Man. Hill. Red barn.

Man. Hill. Red barn.

Same grass as the crow image. The image in the "distance" of the landscape and barn is actually my laptop with an image I took in Franklin, TN. That image, coincidentally was chosen as part of the FeatureShoot Print Swap. Anyway, Lensbaby Edge80 lens, one light overhead as I held a model tree in front of it to add some dappled light on the ground where the middle-aged plastic man is standing.

Eiffel Tower. Daytime clouds.

Eiffel Tower. Daytime clouds.

Mr. Eiffel's tower here is one of those flat metal puzzles you curse a lot and cut your fingers on as you assemble them. The tree is the same tree you see in most every other shot with a tree on here. I cut out a "cityscape" of Paris in the distance on the horizon but the bokeh from the Lensbaby Edge80 lens pretty much swallows it up. The white clouds and blue sky is a hanging CTO blue gel with a light bounced off the ceiling. The gel was previously rolled up so those white streaks are the crimps in the gel as the light catches it from the ceiling.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA. Black and white.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA. Black and white.

Forsyth Park and the iconic fountain are THE visual that attaches to the city of Savannah, GA. This is the same plastic man you see in other images. I stood him up on the back of a large Strathmore drawing spiral I have in front of my laptop. I took the picture of the fountain years ago when I was in college there. For this image I used the Lensbaby Edge80 lens again with a severe tilt and macro function of the lens.

Milkyway. Hill. Tree.

Milkyway. Hill. Tree.

This is probably not my most favorite as it is tough to see on the screen with all the white light surrounding it but it has some subtle and rich hues. Same tree you see elsewhere here in front of a rolled mat of "grass" like you would use in a model railroad set up or something. The image of the sky beyond is a printed, glossy 4x6 I took and printed some time ago from Bishop, CA (beautiful sky). I stood it up well beyond the tree and hill created by rolling up the mat a bit. Again, Lensbaby Edge80 lens and a blue gelled strobe. The warm light on the tree and grass is ambient I tried to control as best I could to help define the landscape.

Blue Adidas boot.

Blue Adidas boot.

I coached our son's soccer team almost ten years until he went to high school. This boot was given to me by his team with all of their signatures on it. I shot it on a mirror obviously with two lights - one directed from behind with an orange gel and one from the front/side with no gel.

Dirty Nemesis.

Dirty Nemesis.

This is my son's dirty right boot. One day after practice we were both super dirty and muddy and something just asked me to shoot the boots. I set this on a white foam core with another white foam core in the back. I hid the seams via Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I lit it with one hard strobe. You can see the direction via the shadows.

Dirty Adidas Adizero.

Dirty Adidas Adizero.

These are our daughter's dirty boots after a Fall practice. I am not all that keen on the image as it did not fully complete what I was going for but I am still drawn to the concept of a product showing wear, dirty and the history of play associated with these boots. I shot it outside in our backyard as the sun was setting and creating long shadows. I used a strobe to provide some fill but the sun is the main light.