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    A lighting arrangement on the cheap.

    As posted on http://f295.f295.org/uploads/Blah.pl?m-1225741343/ This is the set-up that I used.Picture A1. The two desks office, the left table serves as a stand for the set-up.

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    A lighting arrangement on the cheap.

    Picture 1. The third top shelf serves as the support for the black velveteen back drop cloth.

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    Picture 2. Like so. The subject is held in position by a flexible cable with an alligator clip. The camera complete with the extension T bar is positioned at the appropriate distance to obtain an adequate magnification for the negative size that is used. In this case a 4x5, f250 with L= 75mm was used at a distance of 300mm.

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    Picture 3. A desk lamp with 2 -60w frosted bulbs covered with waxed paper is places to the right of the camera 300mm from the subject. The paper is supposed to provide “diffused light”.

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    Picture 4. A second light fixture (recycled dark room red light) with 2-60w frosted bulb covered with waxed paper (not shown) is hanging from the ceiling and positioned 400mm above the subject.

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    Picture 5. An Incident light reading is taken at the darkest shadowed area at f22. If there are no predominant shadows I take the furthest lower corner of the view frame, making certain not to point the light meter at the light source. This area is place in Zone 3 the black velvet helps in that regard too. I convert the exposure time for the f# of the camera apply the reciprocity correction needed and expose for that! Sorry no beer draft to count, I know, I know, it’s pathetic. The two bath developer (D23+PMK) keeps check on the high lights.

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    Picture 6. I walk out of the office for the exposure making sure that the door is closed, this generally creates a draft that moves a dry leave hanging from the alligator clip, creating the charming “whisper of movement”. I love that!
    The alligator clip and support is edited out, the back ground, singled out with a mask that exclude the subject, is evened with curves and blurred to eliminate the visible velvet texture. Amazing to me but I had to do no other adjustments on the subject mater. Maybe I should spring for a sheet of Mylar.

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    A lighting arrangement on the cheap.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    A lighting arrangement on the cheap.

    I see you work by the K.I.S.S. method also. Very simple and quite effective. (Glad to see clutter reigns supreme in your work space also!!)

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    A lighting arrangement on the cheap.

    Inventive & creative. The pictures speak of the success of this. Well done Delio.

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