TAOP: Assignment 5 ? Images ? Part 2: Lost in the Sea
November 8, 2012
This post is for the second image in my narrative sequence.
I wanted to have a contrast between red and blue in this image and – originally – that would have manifested as the wine sea against the blue ‘sky’ background, as shown below:
Once I had taken the earlier shots I placed them next to the first image (actually flicking back-and-forth between them on my iPad) and I felt they didn’t work together. I expect the first three images to appear on one page – or at least I want them to feel like one set – so they have to work together – which wasn’t the case until I reshot.
For the final image I put a blue filter on the lens. This enhanced the blue background while also masking most of the red – apart from the most brilliant red in the hull of the boat.
The lighting setup is shown below:
I’ve used my studio flash through an umbrella to diffuse the light (and avoid harsh reflections on the glass). It had to be positioned so as not to wash-out the blue gel which was attached to the flash gun pointing at the wall behind. As originally intended – it’s a similar setup to the ‘colour’ shots in assignment 4 – but I’ve achieved a very different look and feel to the image; which shows a nice diversity to the setup.
I’ve cropped the original image slightly using a ‘golden spiral’ crop overlay tool in Lightroom – having originally composed the image to get the boat at the top left ‘third’ intersection and the glass diagonal from that – creating a line between the two components of the image. In the crop the curve of the glass loosely matches the spiral – with the boat placed at the spiral’s centre.