Russ Butler  


Seen in Boise by Russ Butler

February 2021 - Seen in Boise

February 2021 - Russ Butler

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Seen in Boise

Experimenting with some light painting. This is wooden ball in a wooden bowl with some tiny battery powered lights in the bottom of the bowl. Taken in total darkness with a tripod, Fuji Arcos film simulation, spot meter, ½ sec, 50/2, f/7.1, ISO 3200. Edited/cropped with FastStone Image Viewer & Silver Efex Pro


13 comments posted




Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
What an interesting experiment. Very clever to tilt the composition, so it looks like Saturn with its rings. You make something small like this resembles something large like that.   Posted: 02/02/2021 00:27:01



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
You must be like all of us, wanting to get out and take photos, but stuck at home because of COVID. It is good to try different things during this time to increase our photo skills. I wish that you had a bit more detail in the dark areas. I agree with Stephen that tilting it is a good idea.   Posted: 02/06/2021 10:38:57
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Yes Tom, between the cold of winter & Covid, I don't get out much. So have been trying some light painting. This image (I think) shows a little more detail of the wooden ball. Otherwise, there is no detail in the black background. Is that what you were thinking?   Posted: 02/06/2021 17:37:39
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, I like that better. Me too, as far as not getting out to take photos. I do have hope for this summer.   Posted: 02/07/2021 09:17:28



Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I've been doing lots of macro work too -the latest with a crystal ball and lights but I think they will stay as colour. I like the tilted hat look of yours. You've kept the texture of the ball, which is good. OK, something for you to try -since you are working at a very high ISO, could you take a slow shutter speed shot , having twirled the ball? I feel there are possibly more opportunities for creative work here. Your original is in b&w, but did you try it in colour? What were the colours of the lights?   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:01:03
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I will try your suggestion using a slower shutter. I shot this in B&W & I have not tried color yet. I need to get a crystal ball & try your suggestion. Thanks for your comments. Hope your day is a good one...
  Posted: 02/08/2021 15:18:28
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
The crystal ball shots are very difficult to get something good. I've tried finger lights and an LED torch with coloured gels and still I'm not happy -lots of failures.   Posted: 02/09/2021 04:46:28



Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I once had a great photo where all in it was aligned horiz and vert and a judge suggested that I rotate the palette to make it a diagonal. It worked, and it works here. What would you think of an attempt to barely lighten the upper part of the ball to give it definition? You have a nice "abstract" looking image,....... and I just wonder. Net: the work is never done. too many alternatives to try.
Nicely done.   Posted: 02/12/2021 16:10:15
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Wes for your good suggestion.   Posted: 02/14/2021 17:49:01



Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
At first glance I thought this was a derby hat that you tilted. You had an interesting idea here. As Tom mentions, I would like to see more detail on the ball. I wonder what it would look like if you put a color gel or two over the small lights at the bottom. So many possibilities with this!   Posted: 02/14/2021 10:41:02
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Thanks Lynne, this is a version that I think is your suggestion. What do you think?   Posted: 02/14/2021 17:52:05
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Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Love it!!!   Posted: 02/14/2021 18:02:27



Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree-the coloured version is rather good!   Posted: 02/24/2021 05:50:51



 

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