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Full Critique Christmas Delivery

Southern Gent

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A friend this week reminded me it's only 14 weeks till Christmas..........WTH, I haven't even started Fall shots. Looks like I may be doing "all in one" shots this season. Anyhow DW got a new decoration that I thought would be a cool subject to work on light painting with with a small LED penlight.

Pentax K1MII, FA 100mm macro, ISO 100, f/20, at 2 seconds. It always amazes me at how much you can accomplish with a little LED flashlight. I generally try to envision in my mind the final image before I start, so everything just falls in place as I go. The set is a piece of cotton batting laid over a wood block, so the truck is elevated slightly. That created the shadows you see in front. A piece of black foam core provided the background. Maybe a half dozen test shots to dial in my exposure (The decorations on the tree were battery powered LEDs that were a bear to keep from blowing out the highlights). Using a rolled up black paper snoot on the light gives you very precise control. From there its just a process of release the shutter, paint a section with light, and repeat as you work your way around the truck. Each of the images were aligned as layers in PS using auto align. The headlights were lit post using a new technique I was trying out. A few other adjustments, paint a snow layer, a little tone mapping, and it was done.
Christmas Delivery (1 of 1).jpg by William Raber, on Flickr
 

Stephen F

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Nicely done , i like a bit of table top photography, and you use a Pentax , top man.
 

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Beautifully done.
 

RyanB

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Like this a lot, even if it reminds me of the dreaded season to come. Thinking about it I might be a bit of a good natured Scrooge minus his sunny disposition.;):D
 
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