2008.11.03 - Hippocrates
This is very similar to yesterday's photo. Once again, this is without highlight tone priority; I shot exactly the same scene with HTP on as well, and so far as I can see it makes no difference with this type of scene. Perhaps it's more useful when there is a full range from shadow to highlight?
BUT I think this is a much better representation of a white bust against a white background than yesterday's attempt. I pretty much followed the advice in "Light and Magic: An introduction to photographic lighting" (Hunter, Biver, Fugua, published by Focal Press) . So the scene (my seamless white background is just a curved A2 white card) was lit from above using a lamp through a diffusion sheet; I used a black card just off the left side of the frame to bring out the shadow on that side, and a gobo on the diffusion sheet blocked some of the light from the top of the bust, helping to define the top right forehead, which otherwise tended to merge into the white of the background.
EOS 50D - EF-S 17-85mm IS at 85mm - f/11 - 1.0" - ISO 200 - Faithful picture style.
If you're considering buying a Canon EOS 50D, look at the full-size image: the detail is astonishing, much better than my 400D manages!