I picked up a new modifier and I'm doing work in preparation for where I want to go next. As such I spent a day doing a series of lighting tests on myself.
The modifier is Paul C Buff's 86" PLM in Soft Silver. I did buy the front cover diffuser as well, but it wasn't used in this particular image.
So this particular test image is testing several things. This was the last image of the day, so I tested 1 thing at a time individually and methodically to start and eventually ended up here. It tests the speed of the Einstein in terms of ability to freeze motion. For non-photographers flash bulbs emit their light at a specific rate. The faster they do this, the greater their ability to freeze motion. This is a different measurement than wattage which is for quantity of light. I guess the car analogy would be: 0-60 time versus horsepower.
Secondly I was testing the lighting position. It's a two light setup with one light camera left with the 86" PLM high above me and pointing down at me at around maybe a 45 degree angle and feathered away, and another light with a 64" PLM camera right 45 degrees from center and pointing horizontally. I wanted to make sure that the shadow density wasn't so high that even in a jumping shot there would be exposure on my face. Not a lot of course, but that is intentional. With this sort of highly dramatic lighting, it's more designed to show form rather than draw attention to the face.
The image doesn't really have any processing. I think I very slightly added mid-range contrast with a curves adjustment and of course a black and white conversion to more clearly show the light and darks and transitions. I didn't retouch myself or the ground (with all its dirt) at all.
I am considering doing a short write-up about the 86" PLM as well as just a general discussion about lighting and design. As always, more to come.
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