Day 140: Broken Reef

I started today’s shoot on a quest for light beams again. Meh…I got sidetracked. My original idea was to focus a light under this coral and shoot it through so that light beams might come out of some of the holes, hence the set-up: a large glass jar with its sides covered in black card stock, the jar turned upside down on a table with a strobe inside and pointed straight up. Think of it as a form of snoot that sits over the entire strobe and gives you a translucent surface on which to rest things…like coral. As I played around shooting, I noticed how the strobe was lighting a few specks of dust here and there, so I thought I’d add a little more dust. I grabbed a smaller piece of coral and an emery board. I set my camera on 10 second delay, and as it beeped its count-down, I rubbed the smaller coral against the emery board, just above the top of the frame. And so here’s what I got. It isn’t the beams I was after, but I really liked how the light made the falling coral sparkle. There is always tomorrow to chase beams.

Shot Specs:
1/200 sec @ f/9, 50mm, ISO 100, Canon 430 EXII @ 1/2 (used as up-light, just below subject)

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