Turning Day into Night…..well, trying to at least

Richard Charpentier Arizona, Notes from Rich, Photographing Arizona, Photography, RLC Design 4 Comments

Well, the shoot through umbrella looks pretty well lit at least.....

Yesterday I got a bee in my bonnet. Metaphorically speaking that is. I haven’t been known to wear bonnets in quite a while now……Actually, I’m not even sure what a bonnet is.  And fortunately all the bees are hiding right now due to the cold.  I’m allergic to them you know.

So, no bees, no bonnets.  I guess what I’m saying is I had an idea.

That whole “day into night” with some Speedlights.  Not so long ago Syl Arena turned day into night with a group of Canon Speedlights.  Pretty cool setup used too!  Well, I wanted to see how close I could come with a single speedlight.

My efforts were not rewarded.  But some ideas did spring up while toying around.

It’s all about experimentation, right?  I mean, you’ve got to try things out that you haven’t done before.  If you don’t try them then you don’t have the opportunity to eventually succeed.  Failure is a great teacher, right?

That’s all the stuff I’ve heard at least.  So many cliche’s regarding learning.  Those cliches hang out with phrases like “bee in my bonnet,” they all spend time together.  😉

Why does it seem Tilley Hats are always involved in my experiments?

Well, I thought you’d like to see the failures first.  See, I’m working up a project that will appear hear in early March.  Just a little something I’ve wanted to do, and the little experiment was part of working up to what’s on my mind……..

Oooooh, this sounds like Rich might actually still be taking pictures too!  Amazing!  🙂

Check back in now and again.  Next experiment might involve more speedlights, a different lens, and a real model!

Oh, and these aren’t HDRs…..hmmmmm, something weird is happening here.

Comments 4

  1. A bonnet is a ladies hat – I wanna see Rich sporting a bonnet. If I come down for a trip to White Pocket, will that be on the shot list? 🙂

  2. You need to ditch the umbrella and move in closer with the light and your framing to get closer to the day into night thing.

    I keep meaning to drop by and make some plans for going shooting on a Monday or something. Maybe this week….

  3. Rich, I haven’t a clue as to what you mean, “day into night.” But, being an old phartoid, I do know my bonnets from a buggy whip. Try entering “images:: bonnet” into a Google search window to see some examples for yourself. If you are lucky, you’ll see some young ladies wearing one when they visit the gallery someday.
    .-= wil´s last blog ..Not Yet… =-.

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    Yup, I know that the time of day, etc, required no umbrella. But the umbrella made for some cool shots. 🙂 Even ditching it, swapping lenses, and adding a second strobe still didn’t get dark enough.

    Wil, sorry I was being tongue and cheek. I know what a bonnet looks like, but I haven’t seen anyone in a bonnet….. 🙂

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