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356/365 - Snowman by 'Starlight' | by djwtwo
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356/365 - Snowman by 'Starlight'

Mild experimentation tonight, using one of my wife's increasingly large collection of snowman statuettes. Used a star-shaped paper punch to poke a hole in the center of a circle of black construction paper, and fitted that over the end of my 50mm lens, wide-open, which results in the star-shaped bokeh (the lights on the family Christmas tree) you see here. Adjusted the exposure for the lights, then added some strobes to light the statuette.

 

The other little bit of experimentation was to do some mild split-toning of the shot, pulling the shadows a bit towards blue and the highlights a bit towards red. I see the potential for doing interesting things with that, and while I'm happy with the results I don't know this is the best shot to turn those particular knobs on.

 

Nikon D7000 w/Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.8 prime, 1/4s @ ƒ/1.8, ISO100. One SB-700 camera left as key light, 85mm zoom, 1/8 power, firing through white umbrella. Second SB-700 camera right and behind the subject (almost a "hair" light), 120mm zoom, 1/16 power, firing through 1/4" speed grid. White reflector camera right and in front of subject to fill some shadows from the key flash. Color procession in Aperture.

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Taken on December 21, 2012