52 Week Photo Challenge – Week 15: Artistic - Metal
I am still behind on the 52 week challenge, however, I have decided to just pick up with the current week and continue on from there. Eventually, I will go back to the weeks I missed. This week’s challenge was an artistic metal shoot. Initially, I wanted to do something rusty and falling apart, like you would find in a junk yard. However, I do not know of any good junk yards, so I started looking around the apartment and settled on the vintage typewriter from the 1950’s. I focused on the metal type hammers.
To set up for this shoot was simple. I set the typewriter up on a white piece of mat board, and used a single flash mounted on a light stand with a boom arm so I could position it directly above the type hammers or angled to the of the type hammers. On my camera, I used a radio trigger to trigger the flash and 60mm macro lens to focus on the hammers. The camera settings were ISO 400 with an F22 aperture, a 1/250s shutter, and a flash power of 1/32.
The second image I only did minimal editing. The settings for this photo were the same as for the previous photo. The main difference is I changed my viewing angle to the type hammers. For this image adjusted the white balance using auto in light room, then adjusted the exposure, up the clarity to 32, used a strong contrast, and increased the sharpness to 70 and the luminance to 20. I also adjusted for lens aberration. I then applied the HDR preset to the image, to produce the final image.
Overall, I am very happy with how these images turned out. I like the darkness of the images, because makes you focus on the letters on the hammers, also the images have a bit of an abstract look. You can see all the final images here.