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Our Valentine's Day Image | by budrowilson
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Our Valentine's Day Image

Even thought Amanda and I have been together more than a year, we have relatively few good images of us together.


Why? Because if I'm going to do a portrait, I'm going to do it right. And that takes time - a little bit of planning, a decent amount of setup, multiple attempts, equipment breakdown and post-processing. And when you have more than one person in the scene, the number of perfect images captured becomes less.


However, this Valentine's Day we decided to capture a fun image of the two of us together.


As a side note, I've been purchasing old and unique 35mm transparent slides for use with my Light Blaster. One of my post recent acquisitions was a set of title slides that harken back to early days of film. We decided to use one of those slides for our shot, and we both loved the result.


For this shot, I took the chair from my living room and positioned it in the driveway in front of a fence. It was important to shoot the image when the ambient light was relatively low so that the Light Blaster projected image showed up well. That's why we waited until late afternoon to do the setup. It was also important to control how much light from the main light spilled onto the background, so that's why I chose a softbox (which was feathered to barely hit us) and set the rim light to a tight zoom.


strobist: 1 Canon 580EX, behind subjects, diffused by a Light Blaster with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens attached. 1 Canon 580EX, camera right, diffused by a 24" Adorama Glow collapsible softbox. 1 Lumopro LP180, camera right (behind subjects), zoomed to 105mm, bare, used as a rim light. Flashes triggered via Cybersyncs. Camera triggered via Canon RC-1 wireless remote.

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Taken on February 14, 2015