ASSIGNMENT: CREATIVE BOOK SHOT

Book Shot BTS-3

RULED OVER

This shot was taken for an assignment for a photography hangout I take part in on Google+. The idea was to shoot a creative book shot. I had some ideas in my head and immediately knew I wanted to shoot my leather bound edition of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

IDEA AND COMPOSITION

When trying to realize the shot in my head I first off knew which books I wanted to shoot. The leather bound edition has some great texture and the writing on the binding and details on the covers is some sort of metal foil which really adds to the shot.

I also wanted to somehow incorporate some rings into the shot since that is a major character in the books. To make things interesting I decided to make the rings appear as if they were floating above the books.

To capture this shot I used 3 studio strobes and my Nikon SB-800 flash. I have a little DIY shooting table that I had made out of a piece of plywood and screwed that to an old tripod I had. Then I laid a piece of glass that I had spray painted black on one side to place the books on.

For the rings, I used a boom above and out of frame and hung them from that using fishing line.

For the lights, I started with the SB-800 on the ground behind the little table and put a blue gel over it and aimed at a piece of white foam core that was about foot behind the subject. Next, I had 2 studio strobes that were place right and left in front and level with the subject with DIY strip boxes. The 3rd studio strobe was hung above the subject by about 2 feet from another boom with a soft box on it.

Initially when I took the shot the blue color was totally washed out with barely a hint of color. That was due to the strip boxes that had over spilled the subject and blasted the white background. To remedy that I flagged each side of the table with a piece of white foam core and also used a little strip of it across the top.

FINAL SHOT

To get the final shot I made one exposure. I did a little color correction in Lightroom for white balance and then brought the image into Photoshop and spend about 1.5 hours cleaning the image. I removed a few spots that I had on my sensor, some random dust I has missed while cleaning the area for the shot and also removed the fishing line. Oh, and of course I added a few sparkles to top it off with.

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Please also find below this final image a few bts(behind the scenes) shots I took.

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Here are some BTS (Behind the scenes) shots of my setup. This first shot below shows the strip boxes from front and either side of the subject and the softbox above. You can also see the white foam core flags I used. That little black area to the bottom back of the tripod is the SB-800 with blue gel aiming up.

Here is another angle showing more of the same, but gets you a better idea on the overall setup.

This shot shows a closer view of the little DIY table I made. It’s just a a small piece of plywood I cut and drilled a hole in middle where I put a 1/4″ blind nut to be able to screw to the table.

This final shot shows a closer side view to better see the position of the back ground.

WANDERING AROUND THE ISLAND

This was another beautiful day in Ireland. I arrived at about 7am and had the day to drive around and check out the sites. It’s amazing how many cool places there are to check out on this tiny island. I haven’t even

TODAY’S PHOTO – DROMOLAND CASTLE

This castle is located in County Clare Ireland. On wikepedia it says it was originally constructed in the 15th or 16th century with the present state of it finished in 1835. It is surrounded by a beautiful golf course along with forests land.

This was 3 shots combined in Photomatix and touched up in PS.

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A DAY IN LONDON TOWN

After spending a few days out in Wales we planned to have one day in London before hopping on another plane to Germany. The day was gorgeous and pretty warm. We left early morning to drive back to the Heathrow airport to drop our car off and check into our hotel to drop our multitude of baggage off. Next we hopped on the Tube downtown and got off at the Tower Station. Did a bit of walking around and checking out the sites before hopping on a Thames ferry to the London Eye for a scenic ride.

TODAY’S PHOTO – I SPY THE LONDON EYE

This thing is cool! Well, it was pretty warm inside I have to admit, but the views are breathtaking and awesome. You can literally see for miles and can many landmarks are within view. Just below right you can see the Houses of Parliament and behind that in the distance is the Battersea Power Station. This is not your ordinary Ferris wheel. It’s huge and high, and the ride around once takes about 30 minutes. Well worth the time if you have it. I do suggest prebooking a ‘flight’, as they call it, to save from standing in line for several hours.

Enjoy!

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WORKING IN THE DARK

I figured I’d get a little work done today in the afternoon. The power to the building was supposed to be out until about 2pm and when I showed up at 3:15, guess what? No Power! Fortunately I found one outlet that had power to it so I could get a bit of work done but no lighting. It’s lonely enough working here by myself, but with no lights on it’s even more so. Got my tunes going though so that makes it a bit better.

TODAY’S PHOTO – THE SEATTLE SKY LINE

Last year August we went on an Alaskan cruise which left from Seattle. I took this photo after we boarded the ship and was walking around to see what the views looked like of the city before we pulled out of port. I had gone around the ship taking photos before it was inundated with swarms of people everywhere. I was able to get a few great shots. Make sure to click on this shot to see the large size. I think it came out pretty nice. Enjoy!

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BOATS WAITING FOR THEIR TURN

TODAY’S PHOTO – SMALL IRISH HARBOR

Well, again here is a shot from Liscannor, Ireland. This is a little fishing village that if you blink you’d miss it. The weather was amazing and I was able to walk around the harbor and check out the beauty of the area. I happened to walk out towards the water when I remember hearing a few people getting excited. I quickly hustled over to where they were all looking to see a pod of dolphins off shore. They were swimming pretty quickly in the bay and jumping out of the water. Was an amazing sight!

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