sometimes it seems to me that time flies by at a speed, faster than light. The first month of 2014 is almost gone already and so is the first month of my project 52. Yeah that’s right, next Sunday will be February already and the winter will hopefully start coming to an end. Last week I finally bought a NAS to store all my pictures, since the amount of data (especially for the raw files) was beginning to drift out of my hands. If you shoot in raw, the size of these files is really something you have to consider as a photographer (I didn’t until it was almost to late). Also as I already lost a hard disc with an excessive amount of precious music in the past, I was anxious to safely store my pictures somewhere. So now this friendly little (and constantly twinkling) 8TB guy is sitting beneath my router. With a RAID system on it, it’s waiting to be fed with all this yummy stuff which is still stored on my Computer right now.
I got the idea for this weeks picture, while trying to plug in all the necessary cables for the NAS. As all this stuff connected to the internet (like router, phone, NAS, and so on) is cramped up in this small corner near my telephone jack, there are lying around like a thousand cables in much too little space. Of course I got tangled up the moment I barely touched the first cable. Luckily I could just avoid getting swallowed by it and be lost forever. So I had to unplug everything first, untangle the whole mess, and plug it in again. And I bet, if I ever have to plug something in or out there again, I have to start from the beginning again. So while fighting with all these cables, cursing uncontrollably and trying to sort it all out, Marie was rolling on the floor behind me laughing at my futile efforts. And so the basic idea for this weeks picture was born. As I wanted to do a little more photoshop magic this week, I decided to try creating this small lightning strike, “biting” my nose.
I used a 2 strobe setup this week. Well.. it really is a 3 light setup, with 2 strobes and one big window on the left. I placed one striplight above and slightly behind me this time. The remaining strobe (and the mainlight) was positioned 45° cam right, through an umbrellas to get a nice soft light. Up to now I worked with umbrellas exclusively, but I’m starting to think about one or two softboxes now to replace the umbrellas in some occasions. Don’t get me wrong, the umbrellas are great for a soft light, as long as you are on a budget and don’t need (or want) to control the light spill. But if you need to avoid the light getting on the background, umbrellas are really not that ideal. Or at least I haven’t found a way yet. If you have any thoughts or suggestions about this (and maybe a recommendation for a good and not to expensive softbox), I’d be happy to read them in the comments.
So that’s it about this weeks picture. I hope you enjoyed it.
Until next week – Florian