The Lute Player
We use our camera’s built in flash only in emergency but I wanted to see if, by using reflectors, I could produce dynamic lighting.
The camera was tripod mounted in portrait format with the flash on the left. I put the figurine on dark green card with a black background as I wanted to produce harsh lighting. The figurine was about two feet from the camera. There are two large sheets of thick kitchen type foil just out of shot both sides of the figurine. I used a third smaller sheet of foil to bounce the flash on to the left sheet whilst preventing any direct light getting to the subject or the background.
Because I lost so much light I was forced to use f6·3 which limited the depth of field. The font foot is badly out of focus. (I know I could have wound up the ISO but decided to stick with 100 ISO just to see what was possible.)
The image was given some minor tweaks in Camera Raw. A minor crop off the bottom of the image was done in Photoshop, other than that no more editing has been done. The light spill on the background has been left in place.
(Nikon D810, f6·3, 1/60sec, ISO 100. Manual focus on the right hand using zoomed in Live View. RAW Capture. This is frame 19 of 21 attempts.)