"Half hour challenge #1'
It's dark. No postprocessing.
Canon EOS350D, Canon EFS 60mm macro. f/9.0, 1/125th second, ISO400. Tripod. White balance : Flash.
Lighting: Nikon SB28 from above thru long black straw snoot (stupidly zoomed to 24mm) at 1/8 power. SB28 camera right, zoomed (again stupidly) 24mm, gelled green, 1/32 power. Both fired by Pocket Wizard Plus II.
Even though its dark, I played with light levels and nothing worked; it seemed right dark. I have a bit of a thing about underexposing things, I reckon. It's odd composition as well but I liked that too, the potential of landing in the foreground or f**king off to the right forever entertains my sense of (in)balance merged with the fact it doesn't matter where they land cos your gonna get a five and six...
Half-hour challenge lessons learnt:
Take images into laptop (quickly / regularly) once happy in-camera before taking more. Allows fast feedback on final product.
Investigate wireless camera body.
Get (or find in the pouch) a half-green gel. - altho, looking at the awquard feel the green looks good. Could be lower. Should have spotted this in second laptop viewing.
To get brighter highlights I think I would need an even tighter snoot from above plus more power (although it was stupidly zoomed to 24mm)
This one's too subtle to be popular (or maybe its just crap(s)).