Hey folks, it’s been a while, I know, sorry about that!
Recently my work for the Charlatan has been mostly shooting hockey and Basketball, and nothing really impressive came out in the past few days, so I got lazy and didn’t post for a while.
The only significant thing that happened and I’m not sure I told you guys was that I bought a 24-70mm f/2.8, which is the most sweet lens I’ve ever had. I never leaves my camera, the 2.8 aperture gives me enough light to go about in almost any situation, and it’s a very fast and sharp lens. The files straight out of camera just look beautiful, I’ve rather use the 24-70mm and a higher ISO than put my 50mm 1.8 on…
Today, out of a moment of boredom, I decided to put my new photo acquisitions to use and create a mini studio in my room. I bought two oldSB-80dx flashes for cheap online. The flashes are just great and they have a built in slave, so I just put them on manual and fire away!
So I had this idea for a while now to take photos of some miniatures I have laying around my room, and decided it was the time. got the 2 flashes, a white piece of paper, and started shooting tiny portraits, with a tiny setup. Since I do not own a macro lens, I just used my 24-70mm that focus at a really close range (and since I use a DX camera, it acts like a 105mm at the telephoto end).
Coke Miniature of brazilian soccer player Juninho
The main challenge was to get a shallow depth of field because with so tiny subjects, the flashes acted like huge strobe lights, and still at 1/128th of power and f/11 it was still bright.
I won't confirm or deny that I painted a Hitler like moustache in Dunga's face after the world cup...
It’s amazing to work with miniatures though, because well, they are not real! They don’t get impatient, they keep the same facial expression, they can stand there literally forever, and they can be posed and move around at your will!
Although they look pretty much the same, it was a valid experiment, and kept the photo juices flowing.
A random medieval miniature
And if you’re wondering, here’s the setup I used:
The main light on the miniature’s face was quite harsh, so I just threw my umbrella over it to difuse a little, it worked wonders!
And that’s it folks, next weekend the newspaper will be sending me to CIS in halifax, so I’ll probably get back to you with all sorts of cool shots.