Circuit Board

Was playing around a little more with my new Nikon SB-24 flash; I decided to shoe-mount it (place it in my shoe instead of on a stand), and I put a blue filter over it to give the circuit board a 'colder' look. I took the picture into Photoshop and made the picture blur a little on top and bottom, and adjusted the color to a more neutral tone (it was bluish straight out of camera).


The picture is of a circuit board from an old 10 GB hard drive I had laying around (there's a picture of the other side of the drive earlier in my photostream).


Strobist Info: Nikon SB-24 triggered via Cactus trigger, with 'Primary Blue' filter taped over the light, mounted inside my dress shoe, set to 1/16 power, about 6" up and to the left of the circuit board. I took the picture on my bed, because space is tight in my dorm room...


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  • Johnny | STEEL VEiLS 7y

    I have to ask... you went through the trouble of gelling the flash, but then you removed it in post?
  • Jeff Geerling 7y

    @ Johnny: Well, the effect wasn't quite what I was going for. However, the black chips were a little more cold grey after using a blue light, even after color correction. I could've dialed in the correction even more, so the green of the circuit board was a true green, but I'm glad with how it turned out anyways.

    I was thinking of going for the look you had in one of yours, but wanted it to feel more like a desolate wasteland (yours had the red in there, to add some life it seems). The pure blue made it too eerie for my taste.
  • Ben Zvan 7y

    One of the things that a colored gel is going to do is change the contrast between colors. I'd bet that if you took a picture of your color checker card with a primary blue filter on your flash you could never get it quite back to the "correct" color balance. At the very least, the brightness of the colors would be different. So with a blue gel on a green surface, you're effectively changing the brightness of the green board. If the circuit board were blue, it would be a completely different effect. Lighting designers in theaters have to think about this kind of thing all the time.

    Now I have to try some of that...
  • Jeff Geerling 7y

    @ Ben: Quite informative - thanks! I can see how the cold grey look has come about, then.
  • John Hagar 7y

    I like it. Almost an Orton-ized look.
  • Jeff Geerling 7y

    @ Silver Image - Thanks - I wasn't completely going for that style, but after a few attempts at color/exposure shifting, I liked the way this looked the best. Has a bit of the 'digital sheen'.
  • Sadik Shahriar 5y

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Taken on February 23, 2008
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