Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
mmeyer

New Alien Bee

Recommended Posts

Hey All, I just got my Christmas present from myself today. It's an Alien Bee AB400 studio strobe. I wanted to get a pair but with the economy the way it is my company cut back a little on the bonuses this year. Oh well, I'm just happy to be working. More than I can say for my wife.

So I found this shot in a lighting instruction book and really wanted to try it. My son was willing to help out so I took advantage of that. These 2 are basically the same shot other than the first one is more of a high key and the second has a little more contrast. Please tell me what you think. I know there's at least a few of you that have experience with lighting and portraits and I can use any help you're willing to give. I used one strobe with a shoot through umbrella above him and facing slightly back while he was resting on a white reflector.

107352709.jpg

107352702.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mike, given the vulnerable, open mood of the composition and expression on your son's face, the first image definitely speaks louder to me, because all the shadows are de-emphasized. It's an open interpretation exposure-wise and a gentle interpretation sharpness-wise that matches the open subject.

While in general I love deep shadows and the mystery and drama they represent, the lighting interpretation of the second image is too brooding to fit the kid, IMO. In the second one, there also appear to be vertical striations just below his right eye, almost like age wrinkles but more likely skin puckered from being pushed up by the face resting on his arm.

This, however, is fine grit when it comes to critiquing. If I'd hired you to photograph my son, I'd be a happy client with either of these photographs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Man, I thought this was a post about a bug! LOL I don't know much about lighting yet but I really like the 2nd one for detail. You can even see the little hairs on his arms! Then again that first one seams nice and soft.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations on the Bee! I've got two AB800's man they are wonderful lights! I use mine on location with the Vagabond II battery pack.

You photos, I really like the first shot the best, soft even lighting as Steve mentioned really compliments children I think. The expression is very nice.

A little larger catch-light would be complimentary as well but easily fixed in photo shop. Overall I like the image. Have fun with the Bee!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking at this from a consumer standpoint, I like the first one better. It is a little more dreamy and innocent looking.

The striations on the right eye in the second one appears to me to be a shadow of the eyelashes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Everyone! I can't wait to work on more portraits. I've never been one that likes to take portraits but I've come to realize that I think it's because I'm afraid of it. I don't know much about it and I'm not that comfortable or confident working with people. My goal for the near future is to try to get out of my shell so to speak and get more comfortable with portraits and people.

The striations on the right eye in the second one appears to me to be a shadow of the eyelashes.

Chicks, I was trying to figure out what those lines are. Thanks for helping me out!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Isn't a tow rope standard equipment on that brand?    Just kidding. Looks like a nice sled for the price.
    • Picked the unit up last night and assembled.  Hoping for the best come Thursday.  Might be some disappointed people if the thing doesn't work!  I'll try to give an update on how the thing works.
    • I actually cooked the heart from my dads deer this year. First time I ever had it and it won't be the last. I thought it was darn delicious.
    • The roaster method actually worked pretty well to finish the sausage.  Typically when i would try to finish in the smoker and at times in the oven i would get hot spots where part of the sausage would get burnt or dried out and other spots were not up to temp.  With the water bath all of the sausage is at the same temperature so it is a more consistent product.  I found that i needed to keep the dial on the roaster around 375 to maintain the water temp at 160 ish.  Summer sausage with hi temp pepper jack cheese.
    • The missing one that people usually put up when they post a food thread. To show if the Gloop they are posting a recipe for is worth reproducing. Looks like you already have it in a garbage bag so.......     That picture!
    • never stopped.
    • The building codes are really very important in order to keep the property safe. We need to upgrade the house acoording to these building codes.
    • And Del says ya can eat as many as ya want now!!!     
    • great cheap treat those smoked eggs.  
    • I actually prefer Honeycrisp, because of the sweet/tart flavor. Sweet tango ain't bad either. The others get TOO mushy and seem to lose flavor. But, it's a personal preference. Someone'll whine about there are better baking apples.  Made my apple roast the other day with the Honeycrisp, but put it in the crockpot instead of the oven. Came up with this 6-7 yrs ago.  And there's even a picture of it, since words give you so much difficulty, leech.            Reb's  Apple- pork roast


        One boneless 2-3 lb Pork Butt Roast Two cups  Fresh Apple Cider Rosemary Seasoned salt Black pepper to taste 4 oz Cinnamon Apple Sauce (These are the “Snak Pak” size cups) One  large Yellow Onion, sliced thin              Marinate the roast in the cider in a Zip-Loc bag, in the fridge, for 6-8 hours, turning frequently. Place roast in a greased baking dish, with some of the marinade. Sprinkle liberally with seasonings and lightly with the Rosemary.  Place thin layer of onions on top. Pour apple sauce over top. Put in a 300* oven for 45 mns to one hour, uncovered.  Cover and cook  for30- 45 mns- longer or until meat thermometer registers 155-160*. Do not overcook. Let sit covered for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!  
  • Our Sponsors