I dug this broken hard disk out of my PC junk box when I saw the drive shots from europa70, Bald Monk and ianhayhurst. It seemed to be 'drive week' here on Flickr and so fashionably late to the party, I decided to have a go! :)
The drive platters on a hard disk are about as close as you can get to a perfect mirror so what you see in the camera is pretty much what ever they happen to be reflecting. Using this fact, I thought it would be interesting to try and project dots of data onto the platter using the ends of a fibre optic light. This didn't really work out as the strands of the fibre are just too prominent, however what it did kind of end up looking like is a hole with strands falling away from the surface. As soon as I saw it, I thought "aghhh, that's were the interweb tubes go'! :)
So for this picture, the hard drive is sat on a sheet of shiny silver paper (these shiny sheets of paper were a good find at a local dollar shop) and is lit primarily from the right with a large softbox. There are also a snooted light on the left as well as a bare flash from the front.
The fibre optic strands were taken from a $10 novelty lamp. I bunched them up and made a cardboard snoot to attach them to a SB-28. Keoula kindly volunteered to hold them in place while I took the shot as I was having problems holding them in a super clamp and getting everything lined up. Sometimes a voice activated prop manipulation addition to a setup makes life a whole lot easier! :)
I took the final shot into Paint Shop Pro touched out a lot of dust (even after cleaning everything, that mirrored surface is just a dust magnet).
Oh, and by the way, if you are wondering where 'the interweb tubes' came from, check this article out! :)
Setup shot here: Connecting to the Interweb Tubes Setup
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