Symmetry, originally uploaded by paggre.

So the interesting thing here about using this hour-glass for the subject of symmetry is that . . .well. . .it is not symmetric. It tilts and moves and so I had to correct that in the Gimp.

The other interesting thing here was my first use of a cookie to add some interest to the background. I found some leaf stencils that I used for camouflaging my rifle. Nice effect I think.



Texture, originally uploaded by paggre.

This was another shot for the photo-a-day challenge at

I like the dark space here. I tried some that were only the pattern of the basket. I think the negative space adds some interest to the photo. Also tried different amounts of fill light from the right using the autoshade. Varied the distance and found that I liked less fill light. The shadows reveal the texture.

So I used my shoot-thru umbrella with the 285HV. I find that I am using the shoot-thru exclusively since I got it. It is nice to get that added aperture by getting the umbrella in very close. The autoshade is very handy and cheap. So if you need a reflector, don't pay $40 for a "photographic" one. Hit your local Wal-Mart and pick up one for $5. I wish they made a gold autoshade. Has anyone seen one?

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Silhoutte, originally uploaded by paggre.

Wow. I was surprised that this got such a positive reaction on flickr. I have done this type of thing with my son before. Makes a cool portrait.

It really couldn't be easier to do. One light with a foam snoot. I set it on 1/4 power. I set the camera to max. sync. For me that is 1/250s. Apeture set to f5.6. That is always my starting point. I adjust from there.

This is taken in a lit room. But the room is f4 @ 1/25s or so. So I am way above ambient.

So the snooted 285HV is behind the subject slightly side-lit. Then you just turn the subject or move the light until you get the effect you are looking for.

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Electronics, originally uploaded by paggre.

I'm taking part in the 2009 challenge at The format is a photo-a-day. That is definitely a challenge. Some days there is just no time.

Anyway this was fun. The subject was electronics. Since I work around electronics I could have used all sorts of bleeding edge ball grid arrays but no. I was borrowing my buddy's MESA guitar amp (thanks Mark and Tommy) for practicing. So I remembered the tubes. Old school. And they really do sound better than any solid-state amp. Sorry guys. That is just a fact. I used to be in the solid-state camp. But have since seen the light.

So I lit this with two bare speed lights. Experimented with color a lot. But found that the sepia treatment gave it a vintage look.

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