Shiny surfaces

The exercise is designed to give an insight into one way of dealing with objects with reflective surfaces.

For the subject I used a stainless steel coffee container and while this does not have the reflective qualities of say, a mirror, it nevertheless does reflect as can be seen in this shot:-

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Coffee container shot from above – the photographer is clearly visible.  1/125 sec at F5 ISO 100

The background was black card (velvet not being available)  and I have to admit to having some difficulty in getting a useable tube out of an A1 size piece of tracing paper (which is I suppose a very basic form of light tent).  However after much stapling and trimming I managed to get it to fit round both the container and the camera lens and took this shot:-

 

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With the tracing paper cone surrounding the container. 1/40 sec at F2.8 ISO100

As can be seen the tracing paper has diffused the light and removed the reflection.

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Container with tracing paper around light source is lower than the previous shot and slightly to the right so shadows being created. 1/60 sec at F2.8 ISO 100.

I also laid the container on its side to see how the curve would affect the reflection:-

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Container photographed without the tracing paper surrounding it. 1/80sec at F3.5 ISO 100

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Container photographed with the tracing paper surrounding it. 1/80sec at F3.5 ISO 100

I have read (and need to re-read as I’ve forgotten a lot of it) Light Science and Magic by Hunter, Biver and Fuqua which gives a lot of useful insights into lighting techniques.  The problem is with this aspect of photography is that unless you are using lighting regularly some techniques get forgotten.

 

 

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