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Lights – Camera – 2011

May 15th, 2011 by ronlute


Lights – Camera – 2011, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Well I guess it had to happen. It’s been a while and I needed to get out the flashes and do something with them again. Of course the easiest model to use has always been myself unfortunately but until I get one of those heads they use at the beauty school I’ll have to do. Since I started reading the “Speedliters Handbook” by Syl Arena I’ve been itching to get out the lights so I finally did today. Forgot how one of the flashes test fire worked so I thought my batteries were dead and I needed to charge them up. I did need to charge but I ended up doing this way too late as usual but at least I have all 3 lights and how they work clear in my head now. Just wish I had cleaned my specs off first.

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365/126 – Really Post

July 13th, 2010 by ronlute


365/126 – Really Post, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

OK. I’ve tried to refrain from this but it has to be done occasionally. I got a 3rd strobe and need to start working with it to see what I can do. Unfortunately I didn’t write down the lighting info and now I don’t remember all but I did have the 430EX II and reflective umbrella high camera right and the Vivatar and shoot thru umbrella low camera left fired with the optical slave. I had my new (old) promaster flash as a hair light with the Honl grid. This was fired with a Promaster module as a slave. The Canon strobe was fired with the RadioPopper JrX and the main light.
And Oh yeah. I used some Topaz Adjust and PS filters to try and pretty the portrait up. (ha! ha!)

Posted in Honl, Lighting, People, post-processing, Project 365, Self-Portrait, Strobist, Topaz Adjust | No Comments »

365/85 – Whatever

April 11th, 2010 by ronlute


365/85 – Whatever, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Bad lighting. The good thing about mistakes is if you can learn then they are not wasted. Got a shadow where I didn’t need or want one. Hopefully I’ll not make that mistake again.
The lighting info:
Canon 430EX II high camera right fired @ 1/2 bounced off an umbrella with the RadioPopper JrX and my Vivitar @ 1/4 power low camera left fired with the Sonia optical slave with the Honl snoot opened for a reflector.

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365/74 – Apex Guy

March 23rd, 2010 by ronlute


365/74 – Apex Guy, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Meet the Apex Guy. Local networking company’s new mascot. At least I’ve got another model to use and he is as ready as the other model though a might less flexible.
Made a nice little discovery last night. I have this bag from my dad that contains an old Canon film camera and some other stuff. One of the items I realized was a Promaster strobe. I found out today that for about $40 I can get a little module that will turn it into a slave unit. Nice. So I will have 3 lights to shoot with.
Tonight I used a single 430EX II fired with the RadioPopper JrX @ 1/16th power with the Honl 1/4″ Speed Grid.

Posted in Honl, Lighting, Northern California, Project 365, Redding, Strobist | No Comments »

365/66 – Almost…

March 11th, 2010 by ronlute


365/66 – Almost…, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

I almost got it in the frame. Having myself as a model has the good points and bad. I am available when needed. That’s good, I guess. Sometimes though it seems to be hard to get centered horizontally in the frame. That’s bad. Unless of course that is what you are going for.
Tonight I wanted to be a little more centered because I was after the second strobe to be about a 180 degrees from the key light.
So here is the lighting:
Canon 430EX II high camera right fired @ 1/8 power through the shoot-thru umbrella with the RadioPopper JrX and my Vivitar @ 1/16 power fired with the Sonia optical slave through a Honl snoot.

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365/64 – Black and White with Snoot

March 9th, 2010 by ronlute


365/64 – Black and White with Snoot, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

First of all I am going back in time with the numbering here as I have some how gotten off track. Since most of these go to my blog it seems to be a bit messy changing the name later so now I am back to the right number of shots, 64.
After listening to an all about flash podcast by lensflare35 and the Digital Experience group I wanted to try my honl snoot for the back lighting. I guess it turned out OK (but not great).
So here is the lighting:
Canon 430EX II high camera right fired @ 1/8 power through the shoot-thru umbrella with the RadioPopper JrX.
Vivitar @ 1/4 power fired with the Sonia optical slave through a Honl snoot. Post processing is with Silver Efex Pro.

Posted in Black & White, Honl, Lighting, People, podcasts, post-processing, Project 365, Self-Portrait, Strobist | No Comments »

365/57 – Red Leaf

February 28th, 2010 by ronlute


365/57 – Red Leaf, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Here is a little plant I found today. I think it could be poison oak. I am working on a macro this week for the print competition.

Posted in flora, Honl, Lighting, Nature, Project 365, Redding, Strobist | 1 Comment »

365/56 – Harder Light

February 27th, 2010 by ronlute


365/56 – Harder Light, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

I really need to get out tomorrow or have have something else to use as a model because I am getting tired of the same ole thing (me). At least my model is always nearby and it does give me the opportunity to see some of the effects of the Honl light modifiers. The lighting tonight was the Canon 430EX II fired @ 1/8 power with a RadioPopper JrX. I used the Honl system strap and snoot opened up as a reflector.

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365/44 – Valentines Day

February 14th, 2010 by ronlute


365/44 – Valentines Day, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Roses for Valentine’s Day.
The lighting here was my Canon 430EX II high camera right fired with the RadioPopper JrX @ 1/4 power shot through an umbrella and the Vivitar 285HV @ 1/4″ low camera left fired with the Sonia optical slave using my Honl snoot opened up as a reflector.
Post-processing with Topaz Adjust.

Posted in flora, Honl, Lighting, post-processing, Project 365, Strobist | No Comments »

365/40 – Double Light

February 10th, 2010 by ronlute


365/40 – Double Light, originally uploaded by ronWLS.

Working on an idea I have for an upcoming portrait shoot that involves 2 strobes. It will be easier when I’m not the model though. I think that it’s an idea that will work.
The lighting here was my Canon 430EX II high camera right fired with the RadioPopper JrX @ 1/32 power shot through my Honl 1/4″ Speed grid and the Vivitar 285HV @ 1/16″ low camera left fired with the Sonia optical slave using my Honl snoot.

Posted in Honl, Lighting, People, Project 365, Strobist | No Comments »

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