Day 53: “I would prefer not to.”

365-Day 53 by t.goff
365-Day 53, a photo by t.goff on Flickr.

This is shot no. 1 in the Literary Series. There will be 30 shots in all, each focusing on some aspect of literature, such as a character, a setting, an author, and/or a concept, from a novel, a short story, and/or a poem. I’m keeping it broad. :-) Today’s shot is of a character from Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby, The Scrivener.” I don’t know about you, but I sure feel like pulling a Bartleby sometimes. Here’s a link to the story if you haven’t read it: Pretty ironic that you can read the story on Okay, enough literary geekiness. WARNING: there will be more throughout the series!

Shot Specs:
1/8 sec @ f/14, 22mm, ISO 100, Canon 480 EXII @ 1/2

How I did it: This is a composite shot. The main shot was done in my kitchen. I edited in a second shot of a brick wall from the outside of my house to serve as Bartleby’s view. Lighting is natural, except for a 10×14 softbox equipped with my strobe, about 2 feet off of the floor, 3 feet away and shot directly at my left shoulder.


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