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August 2014 – Fractals

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Wow do I have a lot of process to document here.
I was having such a hard time coming up with something for this month. I decided to save my awesome portrait idea for September (autumn light should be even better for shooting). So I was completely at a loss for what to shoot this month. Feeling completely uninspired I turned to an old standby for coming up with good ideas….Brainstorming!

My wife and my sister happened to be around so I recruited them and between the 3 of us we came up with a page full of strong visual images themes and ideas. It was actually pretty cool and may have inadvertently inspired some future photo shoots. Still lacking ideas and the time to execute any other plans I decided to try and do something I always said I wanted to do.

Admittedly this should be a photo series, but I have always said you don’t need more lenses you just need mirrors – different shapes sizes and curves and you can create pretty much any angle you need.
I also have a deep seated fascination with fractals. So I thought I would put the two together and try to make a fractal reflected in mirror.

I wanted bold colors so I decided I would try a high key shot (exposed to the right) using acrylic paints to create really bright vivid colors……..

As you can see from the picture above my first attempt turned out ok, but I really was shooting for somethign with an even stronger fractal. So the plan now is to get several more mirrors and using even larger painted surfaces try to capture multiple reflections in one shot.

Don’t stop at your first effort
Keep going and try to create something even more engaging.

If you care you can also check out my youtube video of a timelapse I shot on vacation. It’s short, so you won’t have to spend hours getting through it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj3GDZgQF0E

June 2014 setup

So here is the setup for my bubble picture.  I will be putting down a basin to catch the sticky soapy bubbles. 

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I’m not super happy with the back drop.  I may try to black it out if I can as right now I feel the white may take away from the contrast. 

Either way the dof is so shallow at f4 that the background should be quite soft. 

The flash is up top gaving down through the light rig and it produces the speckled catch lights I was hoping for. 

Now it is just a matter of blowing bubbles as big as I can.

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A slightly different view.  Keep in mind the only lightsource I plan to use is the speedlight up top. 

I will try to post some test images soon.  4.5 hours to go and I haven’t started post processing.   Of course with this limited timeline I am hoping to do as little post work as possible.