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In the Beginning vs Now



A Reflection on things Past and Present.

A Reflection on things Past and Present.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this photograph in my bathroom of all places! In fact, I shot it in the bath tub itself.
Time
Because I used studio lighting, I could have shot this image at any time of day, but if you really want to know, I photographed this at around three in the afternoon, on a British March afternoon. The bath being directly under an easterly facing window, so any natural light coming through the frosted window made a very minimal contribution, if any because the octabox was blocking much of the daylight reaching the bath tub & with the aperture stopped down to f/11 the ambient light was more than overpowered by the 600w/s studio light. This is one of a series of images I took of this old and other old cameras. Some paired as in this instance with my Nikon D800, other combinations were also tried too. Unfortunately, this old Agfa Silette SLR film camera no longer works, though it still looks good from many angles. It has become a useful prop. On an aesthetic note, I thought that the silver & black of the old camera & the all black body of the newer camera contrasted beautifully against the stark white seamless background.
Lighting
I hadn't seen a bath tub used as an infinity cove/curve before, but I had thought about using this method for quite a while & this subject and others in the series presented the perfect opportunities to try it out. I had a studio light with large octabox sitting on the rim of the bath firing straight down just forward of the camera taking the shot and a round white reflector just behind the shooting camera, to help eliminate shadows but keep the reflections. I liked this idea of the bath as an infinity curve so much, I now have a bath with the tap end cut off in my studio. It's much easier to use than leaning into a normal bath tub.
Equipment
The camera used to take the photograph was an Olympus O-MD EM-5 sat in the bath with a remote trigger, an Agfa Silette SLR film camera and a Nikon D800 both as the subjects of the photograph. I also had a Godox Expert RS600 battery powered studio strobe with large octabox and a small white reflector, and of course, the bath tub itself, without which the shot would not have been possible. I almost forgot to mention the two wireless triggers. One SMDV Wireless Shutter Release RFN-4S for Nikon and the equivalent model for Olympus OM-D series cameras. As an aside, it's surprisingly convenient sometimes to be able to trigger the two cameras simultaneously from the same remote trigger.
Inspiration
I was looking for a way to mimic an infinity cove/curve without breaking the bank and to experiment with reflections & the perceived depth of those reflections. It has been a great series to perfect my technique on. This bath tub style has now become a part of my day-to-day arsenal of tools for product photography.
Editing
There wasn't a great deal of post processing in Photoshop. I copied the area of the reflections onto a new layer, adding a layer mask and desaturated it, giving me a black & white reflection of both cameras. It's a very subtle effect and many people don't even notice the reflections lack colour at first.
In my camera bag
Apart from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (used to photograph this image). I also have a Nikon D800 as featured in the above image. My camera bag usually contains the following: Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 70-200 f/4, Nikon 16-35 f/4, Nikon 24mm f/2.8, Nikon 35mm f/2, Nikon 70-200mm f/4, Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VRii, Nikon 1.4 x teleconverter, Irix Firefly 15mm f/2.4 and a Sigma 50 f/1.4. Three Nikon SB-700 speedlights, Nikon SU-800 speedlight commander and 3 PocketWizard FlexTT5s & MiniTT1s plus an AC3 ZoneController. There is also a small selection of lenses for the Olympus camera, including the 45mm f/2 lens used to shoot this shot.
Feedback
If you are going to try shooting something in your bath tub, please make sure it is spotlessly clean. I ended up cleaning the bath three times before I got good clean shots without tiny little spots or streaks on the brilliant white surface. And keep on cleaning it as you progress through the shoot. Unfortunately, we humans shed hairs which can easily fall into the bath tub as you lean over it to adjust & setup shots. I wish you good luck with your own shots if you decide to try this technique for yourself.

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