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I don't know kung-fu... | by Andrew Kufahl
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I don't know kung-fu...

...but I like to pretend I do on Flickr.


Still thinking about different ideas for this scene I have. Was too tired to come up with something, so I just started lighting things up. Before you know it, the shirt came off (socks too), and I was doing kung-fu moves in the basement with my blue jeans on. As I was uploading this, I remembered that I have some black bottoms that would have looked pretty cool... next time maybe.


Lighting Info:


Light 1 - Background Wall Light

- Camera right

- 3 feet away from background wall, 8-10 feet from subject

- Light direction was parallel to back wall to skim surface and amplify the texture

- On a lightstand about 2-3 feet off ground

- Lastolite Ezybox (15" square), diffusion panel removed

- SB-600

- 1/16 -0.7 power

- Zoom 85mm


Light 2 - Key Light From Slightly Behind Subject

- Camera left, slightly behind subject

- Bare, but flagged to keep spill off of background wall

- On lightstand about 4 feet off ground

- 3 feet away from back wall, 2-3 feet away from subject

- Light pointed down at subject

- SB-600

- 1/32 power

- Zoom 50mm


Light 3 - Fill Light

- Camera left, slightly in front of subject

- 43" Westcott [reflecting] umbrella

- On a lightstand about 5 feet off ground

- About 6' away from back wall

- Umbrella facing right back at camera, feathered very slightly toward subject

- Umbrella choked-up a lot to prevent direct spill on subject and back wall

- Light flagged on one side to futher prevent spill on subject and back wall

- SB-26

- 1/16 power

- Zoom 24mm



- About 7 feet from subject

- Nikon D90

- Shutter 1/200

- Aperture f4.2

- Lens 18-105 @ about 30mm

- White balance set to "Flash"

- ISO 200


Flag placed between camera and umbrella (Light #3) to prevent light spilling back at lens.


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Taken on July 1, 2009