Contrast and shadow fill

The exercise is designed to show the effect of using a reflector.

The set up was as follows:-

 

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Light source was a Bowens moonlight (see previous post) with curtains closed reflector (when used at right angles, and to the right of the subject.

 

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Plain light

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With diffuser

As it turned out I didn’t think the series of shots with this arrangement worked to well so I altered it slightly to improve the shadow content so to speak.   I also used a black reflector for the first two shots in this series as the white walls were reflecting too much:-

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Plain light

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With diffuser. Note how the ridges in the cigarette case on the right are better defined.

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White card/reflector three foot to the left from subject. Some detail on the tobacco tin on the left becoming apparent.

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White card about eighteen inches to the right from subject. A bit more detail now discernible.

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Matt silver reflector three foot to the left of subject. Better lighting, though not perfect, on the tobacco tin.

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Matt silver reflector eighteen inches to the left of subject. Again an improvement in the lighting, though still not perfect its a bit clearer as to the detail on the tin.

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Crumpled silver paper three foot to the left of subjects giving a more even spread of light.

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Crumpled silver paper eighteen inches to the left of subjects Compared to the previous shot there is not so much of a difference in the lighting due to nearness. I can only hypothesize but as the crumpling scatters the reflected light at all angles moving loser does not mean the light is necessarily more concentrated on the subject.

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I also tried a gold reflector (to stand in for the bright silver paper) – this is at three foot from the subject.

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Gold reflector at eighteen inches from subject gives a nice warm fill in effect on the tobacco tin.

The exercise then asks for the shots to be placed in order of strength of contrast and I would list them (strongest first) as shown below:-

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plain light

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Diffuser no reflector

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White card reflector three foot away

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White card reflector eighteen inches away

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Gold reflector three feet away.

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Matt silver reflector three feet away

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Crumpled silver reflector three feet away

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Crumpled silver reflector eighteen inches away

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Matt silver reflector eighteen inches away

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Gold reflector eighteen inches away

Interesting exercise in that it shows the reflective power (or lack thereof) of different colour surfaces/materials.  What was fascinating is how crumpling up the silver foil dramatically reduces its reflective power.

 

 

 

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