During one of my shoots I wanted to see the impact of different white balances on the mood of an image. By shooting an object that most people take for granted, the emotional response to the subject of the image was removed from the equation. That is unless you have a thing for design paper towel dispensers. Speed and exposure are equal in all images.
The first shot was the “default” shot under mixed light conditions: fluorescent environmental light and blue (design choice to light the dispenser). In the second shot I chose to make the image warmer by using a higher white balance temperature, and in the third I chose to use a lower temperature to make it cooler.
Somehow I prefer the green cast in the original image to the higher and lower temperature. Note that in the third image the colors would be more natural if I had used a longer exposure.
PS: The title is from a Moody Blues song.
Lotsa talk about HDR, but what do I have to show? I gots me a nicely done over the top image of a candy vending machine. Without HDR this wouldnt be a success at all, because the lighting was heavily unbalanced. Most of the light was coming from the right, and the bulbs in the room didn’t add much at all.
A while ago I bought a round lamp that fits around the pole of a brolly/?sunblock. All LED lights in it where spaced equally, and it had a modifier to fit around poles of different size. This way it could also fit around a couple of lenses I have…
Okay, it only fit the smallest of my lenses, but costing only €13,95 it would still be a great ringlight. Alas, the first test already showed the light emitted by the LEDs was not strong enough. So all that was left was playing around with it. And that got me some pretty interesting results. Afterwards I played a little with the images in my raw convertor to change the colors.
On a pleasant and sunny Spring afternoon I visited an old Belgian abandoned military camp, located in Germany. As you can see, I wasn’t the first by far. Apart from the grafitti the terrain was used as camping spot and paintball games. A lot of visitors left things behind, like empty bottles, a cooling box or an old game controller. The weird part was that I found at least 10 single separate sneakers… no pairs. Weird people those Teutonians 😉
Recently my eldest had a school trip to “De Oliemeulen“. The location has a rich history, and currently hosts a reptile parc. They claim to be the weirdest animal parc in the Netherlands. I don’t know if it’s weird, I just find it very interesting. Apart from the more regular racoons, parrots and monkeys they host birds of prey, fish, insects and reptiles. A couple of them are shown below.
The reptiles & insects were quite difficult to shoot through glass. Add the heat lamps that create hard shadows and you know you are up for a challenge. Below are a couple of the animals we’ve seen.