True Ingredients: 30-second exposure, Nikon D300, tripod, a laser level taped over to create a point, a hand-held SB-600 Speedlight popped after writing, a DVD case of The Beatles: Anthology 5 & 6. Alex Farris
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2012.01.08
It started with wanting to mimic a Lens blog entry. The post, about Harold Ross's technique of "sculpting with light," showed some awesome painting-like images that I wanted to recreate. All I had, though, was my new SB-600, so I had to improvise, which eventually meant using a MagLite instead.

I also had inspiration from IU Student Media coworker Zack Hetrick. He did some wonderful work while he was there, and he continues to do so. I thought of playing with the ideas he had for The Accidental Tenor and the Movement issue of Inside magazine.

I also thought I could do a little of what people do with sparklers. It fit in with the long exposure I was already doing, so I figured, "What the hell?"

But really, I just played around. This is the first time I've messed with lighting at this level, so I'll probably get better ideas as I keep working on it.

Flip the light switch
Ingredients: 30-second exposure, Nikon D300, tripod, a laser level taped over to create a point, a hand-held SB-600 Speedlight popped after writing, a DVD case of The Beatles: Anthology 5 & 6. Alex Farris
Flash popped once with the hat on, once with it off. The hat is from my role as Major-General Stanley in a high-school production of The Pirates of Penzance. Thanks, Mrs. Jackson! Alex Farris
Five pops, with a trailing red light from the back of the speedlight. Alex Farris
The Major-General throws his hat at the world! Alex Farris
One of my first attempts at "sculpting with light." Not quite to the point of hyperrealism yet. Alex Farris
We hope you have enjoyed the show. Alex Farris

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