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Creating stunning images from mundane settings – One of the biggest challenges of commercial photography is creating images that will grab the attention of public regardless of the subject matter and/or surrounding background. As seen in the set up image below, the shot took place in a gray laboratory setting and a stainless steel fume venting hood. By focusing the light with grids and barn doors to illuminate only what I wanted the camera to see, I was able to direct the viewer’s attention to just the important elements of the image. Controlling the specular reflections of the stainless steel and the highlights of the white lab coat were challenging along with finding a visually stimulating angle to capture the elemental make up of this image. PPGBA Award Winning Image – “Good to the Last Drop”
An Armatar 300 with a 10 degree grid and ND gel were attached to existing rail inside the fume hood with a set of flexible guerrilla legs to provide the main light on the scientist’s face. The test tube rack was balanced on top of a Vivitar 283 fitted with barn doors and a purple gel. A Metz 45 with a grid provided the rim light along with another gelled Vivitar 283 and three gelled Quantaray micro slaves to illuminate the background. Click on image for larger view.
Randy Wong Photography (925) 462-5919