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03-04-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
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Less is More a Lighting Exercise

I have a little exercise for everyone interested in Photography. I would love for you to try to do a photo shoot with the least amount of light possible. By that I mean to allow for the areas in the image that are important to the composition to come through and allowing the shadows to play their role accordingly. Kind of a "Yin Yang" approach...What do you think?

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03-04-2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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i dont get it?

here is a low light series... is that what you are thinking off?

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03-05-2008, 02:48 AM   #3
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If you look at Ben's gallery, you will understand. He basically meant a partially lit area in the picture while the rest would be in the dark/shadow.

This is an interesting method. I'll try.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
i dont get it?

here is a low light series... is that what you are thinking off?

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I think #2 there kind of fits the bill, although I think Ben is suggesting trying for an even more dramatic contrast. #8 provides an excellent counterexample, actually -- there's distracting lights in the background and the foreground subject is in the shadow.

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Yeah.. I get it.. I have some non-studio examples if you're interested..

Best viewed with FireFox or Safari as Mac stuff looks crummy in IE for whatever reason. (it gets the jaggies)

On this page here thomas maher photography , all of the shots from the "Orba" series (starts with a bull) are available-light only (somewhat abstract) and on the same page, the "Landscape" series, photos # 3, 8, 10, 17, 18, 25 and 30 are all taken at night in the dark with only moonlight and some light-painting..

You can click to go directly to the Landscape page landscape

Or, click to go directly to the Orba page.. orba

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Would this fit the bill?

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Not sure if this fit's the bill ...

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I guess not.

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Would this fit the bill?

f*ckin A!!!

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Denis, you really keep your bike clean. If I didn't notice those scuff marks at the gear shift area, I would probably say this is brand new, ad shot or even a computer generated one .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
f*ckin A!!!
Thanks.
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Denis, you really keep your bike clean. If I didn't notice those scuff marks at the gear shift area, I would probably say this is brand new, ad shot or even a computer generated one .
Wow, you got keen eyes.
I gave up riding a few years ago.
The bike belongs to someone I know and I asked him to allow me to shoot it.
Shot handheld, available light. No studio setup.
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i dont get it?

here is a low light series... is that what you are thinking off?

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Very nice work...Bravo!!!

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Would this fit the bill?

Beautiful image. I love the tight crop. Works very well. But like one of my favorite Art Directors Jacques Michel Verger said; "When you think you are in too close, come in Closer..."

Ben

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Very nice work...Bravo!!!

Ben
thank you!
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bad bull..
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03-05-2008, 08:50 PM   #15
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anyone that's seen my posts in the "your best/favorites" threads knows what I want to contribute to this... ...was totally happenstance if pre-meditated after a few seconds of thought. I relied as I often do on mother nature's own spotlight. I dunno, enough of that photograph @ this point?

edit: ...though, not what I'm referring to above, this comes to mind from a few months back when I was going for what I think you are referring to Ben...

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