07/10/2012 ~ Wish I Was There
I had just finished a wonderful dive, watching Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks in the Maldives, and I was sat on the beach sipping a cocktail when I spotted this shell.
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This was setup in my study using some sand pinched from H&C Jnr's sandpit (much to his disgust) which I was allowed to borrow as long as I promised to put it back ;).
The scene is lit by a naked SB-900 above left to get a crisp shadow and there is also an SB-R200 sat on the sand to push some light inside the shell. I set this up by sorting out the DoF first so that the main shell was sharp throughout and the background scene blurred to my liking. That done I adjusted the SB-R200 to get just enough light inside the shell to hopefully not look too artificial but to bring out some of the detail, then finally I then adjusted the SB-900 to light the scene as a whole and overpower the shadows created by the SB-R200.
This photo took hours to setup because the first thing that I needed to do was dry the sand out so it was spread out on newspaper laid out on the floor - thankfully I'm pleased with the final result because it was ultimately much more effort than I intended.
Please feel free to provide constructive critique on the technical aspects of this photograph.