Day 171: Everyday Landscapes – The Stool

On the days when I’m in a pinch for time, I like to look at ordinary items in a unique way. This usually involves playing around with my flash, shooting it at different angles on and around an object to see if I see anything interesting when chimping after the shot. I thought I may as well start grouping these shots since the method was similar, hence the “everyday landscapes” label. Today’s shot is of an IKEA kid’s stool, the white ones with blue dots. I angled the stool on a tabletop (propped it up with the back end higher than the front) and shot my flash in multiple directions across it, to see how it looked in different lighting set ups. The one I settled on was lit from above and behind the stool and the flash was aimed into the plane parallel with the dotted surface of the stool. I liked the reflections I was getting and know it has something to do with the family of angles. I’ll have to break out my Light, Science, & Magic to see what I was actually catching.

Camera Specs:
1/125 sec @ f/9, 300mm, ISO 100

Light Specs:
Flash: 1 Canon 430 EXII @ 1/64
Modifiers: none
Placement: ~18 in. above and 6 in. behind subject, angled into the plane above subject
Triggering Device: Cowboy Studio triggers


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