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February 4, 2010 / Steve

Day 35 – Amaryllis

Susan (the wifey) has been gone for a few days for work, so our formal living room has been turned into a makeshift photo studio. Every bit of photo gear I own is out and has been used thoroughly since Monday. I even moved all the furniture out of the room and took the pictures off the walls so I would have a nice smooth backdrop to work with. The place looks like we just moved in and haven’t unpacked yet; couches in the hallways, etc. I’ve had a great time with it, and learned some new things as a result – most notably that I really hate pictures of myself – hence, the flower…

Susan got this Amaryllis bulb and pot for Christmas, and the thing just opened up the other day, so here it is, in all it’s red and white glory. I used my “photo studio” to do an elaborate workup with lighting for this shot.

For the strobists:

  • Alien Bee AB800 at 1/2 power shot into a 64″ parabolic reflective umbrella (PLM), at camera right – about 4 o’clock
  • Canon 540EZ flash at full power, camera left at about 10 o’clock, next to the wall, up on a stand pointing down at about 45 degrees, with a red gel on it
  • Canon 430EX flash at full power, camera right at about 2 o’clock, bare – this was primarily for the highlight on the stem
  • Shot at 1/160 @ f/16 – ISO 50

Click the picture to see it larger. The detail is really sharp.



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  1. Natalie / Feb 5 2010 7:10 AM

    It amazes me how what seems like such a simple shot takes so much time to make it look this great! I really like the shadows. The lower left of the stem almost disappears into the background. Well done. Now to get the house back in order before your wife gets back home. 😉

  2. Marilyn / Feb 5 2010 5:24 PM

    Hi Steve Would have loved seeing Susan’s face if she had come in unexpectedly to see her furniture all moved out of the room. By the way, that is a great picture. It is snowing here. Would make some good settings for you!!
    Love, Aunt Marilyn

  3. Mom / Feb 5 2010 5:35 PM

    Great picture Steve. I don’t know which I enjoy the most; your pictures or your comments. Ha. Guess you got your exercise taking this picture.

  4. Pia / Feb 9 2010 1:34 PM

    Where’s the “Like” button on this thing? 🙂 Great pic. I have a calendar at my desk of Hawaiian flowers and this pic fits right in. Man, you’re good.

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