• Beats Studio: beats by dr dre
  • My Louish Logo made from plexiglass from day 3's photo.
  • XM Radio
  • Danboard
  • 11" Macbook Air
  • White Electric EC DC Sunglasses (prescription) Tinted 1 shade (so if I wear them in doors to see they aren't dark), and transition lenses.
  • Paint Shop Pro v 7.04 for webdev
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Corel Draw X5
  • Homesite 4.5 for web development
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
  • Firefox Browser with my blog admin and Firebug for development
  • One of the non picked photos from this set.
  • Logitech Illuminated Keyboard - the best keyboard ever
  • Bose companion 3 speakers for my computer
  • Reflection from monitors. I have cupboards on the wall with translucent glass doors on them.
  • 3x Dell 30" Monitors
  • Just a web browsers with a site for reference code for webdev.
  • Lightroom 3

Hard at work 6/365

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Day 6 of Project 365
A photo of me at my computer working. 3x 30" Monitors and my glass desk.

Whats in the photo:
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My Process:
Wow.. where to begin with this one. This one took 3 1/2 hours, start to finish.
1st hour: Setting up light stands and camera boom.
2nd hour: Not liking the way the photo was coming out, and changing the camera angle until I liked the photo.
3rd hour: Changing light levels and light positions until I liked the result.
Last half hour: Merging 3 photos in Photoshop. There actually wasn't much color editing in this photo. Just merging the 3 photos in Photoshop, took about 20 minutes.

Strobist Info:
Alright, this ones got 4 lights. Two 580ex II's and two 430ex II's. All 4 lights have full blue #3202 gels on them. No modifiers. At first, I started with one behind the monitors, one behind me. One under the desk, then one above me. I ended up changing it last minute to 3 under the desk, and one above me. The light behind the monitors and behind me wasn't doing much, and I really liked the way the desk was glowing from the strobe under it. So I moved 3 lights under the desk. You can see where they are from the hot spot. All 4 lights are at full power since I'm at f/18.

This was a 2 second exposure. The lights are lighting the desk, my shirt, and the headphones. The 2 second exposure is lighting the apple logo on the laptop, the 3 monitors and the keyboard backlight. ISO 100, 15mm Fisheye on fullframe 5D Mark II. Flashes triggered by a RadioPopper JrX.

The 5D Mark II is connected to a Magic Arm (Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arm with Quick Release Camera Bracket), which is connected to my Manfrotto Heavy Duty Boom Arm.

The light over me is connect to a Photoflex Telescopic Litedisc Holder. I LOVE these holders, I have 4 of them. They are strong enough to hold an Alien Bee with umbrella and they are super easy to adjust up and down.

Lessons learned... make sure you stands are tightened! One of my lights fell over when I was down stairs getting something. I heard a large bang, I knew something feel and when I got upstairs, my light that was overhead was sitting on my desk. Apparently I didn't tighten the litedisc holder tight enough and it ended up falling over. Luckily, nothing broke. I was very surprised.

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  1. keiiun 102 months ago | reply

    this is sooo cool!

  2. arvinyorro 102 months ago | reply

    You must drink a lot of coffee to be able to pull that off.

    Great setup anyway.

  3. Louish Pixel 102 months ago | reply

    arvinyorro Hahah.. Coffee, No. Look at todays photo to see what it is I drink a lot of: Mountain Dew Wall 8/365

  4. zonikio 102 months ago | reply

    Louish Pixel Wow that's great specs, have you done geekbench to know how far you are from my modest setup?. mine is just... 7300

  5. arvinyorro 102 months ago | reply

    Louish Pixel

    Coding + Mountain Dew

    Oh yeah

  6. zielinskiCreative 102 months ago | reply

    cool shot dude, very nice setup

  7. °cassie 102 months ago | reply


  8. krstith 102 months ago | reply

    That's some tight shit you have going over there =]

    Jealous of the specs...

  9. momentous achiever [deleted] 102 months ago | reply

    Nice work this!!!

  10. Mike KC 101 months ago | reply

    this is by far the coolest desk picture ive seen

  11. Cameron Photographer 101 months ago | reply

    Get out of the office/house much?

  12. Louish Pixel 101 months ago | reply

    Cameron McIntyre Lol, Not really, since I work from home, I only leave a couple times a week if I want to grab lunch. I get out a lot more during the summer for fun stuff like going to the lake or river, etc..

  13. captcreate 101 months ago | reply

    Sweet... finding I need an extra monitor... dunno how to even go about using 2 LOL

  14. necessary ticket [deleted] 101 months ago | reply

    Awesome composition. Looks really cool ;)

  15. vicnarciso 95 months ago | reply

    this is AMAZING!! great work sir!

  16. Thomas Ptak 84 months ago | reply

    Hi! please tell me what kind of desks are these? I've already started to modernize my workplace and I have a couple of problems with furnitures like desks here in Poland. Where I can buy smth similar?

    Thanks for answer :)

  17. Career Flux 74 months ago | reply

    Hi Louish,

    I've published this 'Hard at Work' picture by you in an article on my blog at the following link:


    Please visit the article at the link above and see if you like it.

    Thanks for the nice image.

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