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21 Jan

#SooC52 Week 3 photo – Lighting

Chris Lane / photography / / 6 Comments

We are already into week three of this Straight out of camera 52 week, 52 photos challenge! This week’s topic was chosen by Bruce – “Lighting” He said we can interpret it in any way we choose. Well, how about that for incredibly wide open!

I thought about all kinds of different things. From stacks of lamps, to a symmetrical abstract photo of the lights on a gas (that’s petrol for Pete) station canopy, to a number of other things. What I ended up deciding to shoot was slightly inspired by a photo series that I saw on 500px, of light painting where the light goes around someone in all 360 degrees. that isn’t quite what I did, as the figure in those photos were all still. I wanted to do something with movement to it. With this I thought something that looked like multiple exposures would be interesting. I didn’t want it to be just a typical multi-exposure shot like you might see in sports, where it shows a clear progression from point A to point B. I wanted it to be a little weird, a little creepy.

So what I did, with some help from a friend of mine, shot this on bulb mode, using my speedlight to flash from 4 different angles, while keeping my head in as perfect still space as I could. The first flash from next to camera just had my staring into the camera. The next one from a few degrees to the side and so on, I used chocolate syrup and smeared it down my face. I did a number of test shots to make sure it worked, but I wasn’t entirely sure how the syrup would reflect the light. It turned out pretty interesting, in my opinion. It is definitely a little weird and a little creepy. I think this is probably fairly inspired by David Lynch, as I’ve been watching Twin Peaks and thinking of some of his other work lately.

If I were to edit this, I would probably crop it in some. Maybe some other minor changes, but otherwise I think this turned out pretty close to how I imagined. I did have an idea to shoot the initial staring shot with a red gel on the light and the subsequent shots with a green gel, but I never did. I think that contrasting color would add to the creepy effect.

It’s all melting

It's All Melting © Chris Lane Photo
ISO50, 21 seconds (B), f/9.0. Four or five pops of a YN560III at 1/128.

Just for fun, here is a straight shot to show the chocolate all over my face. It didn’t make quite as much of a mess as I expected, though I made sure to have towels on the floor. Also, I learned the Hershey’s syrup smells weird.
chocolate © Chris Lane Photo

You can see Eje’s work here.
You can see Pete’s work here.
You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.