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ShadowMask Part 2: Proof of concept 1

After cutting out the first gobo the plan was to test how well the overall concept worked in the studio environment using digital.

Planning diagram

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Studio setup

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Actual lighting diagram

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Result

Conclusion:

The overall concept looks like it will work well with a little bit of tweaking especially with the light not associated with the gobo.

Still need to test using a “negative” gobo and then move onto a full scale test using large format film…

As I think about the overall project more and more I think it might end up being centered around “spirit animals” with each individual choosing which animal they most closely associate with.

More to come 🙂

Simon (@darkhalide)


Greetings… Its been a while

Howdy

If you are looking for more recent stuff try @darkhalide on Instagram

Blog has been a bit neglected of late but I am starting my first real project in quite a long time and thought this was probably the best place to put my thoughts, trials, failures, successes…

Anyway the project is a group of images for exhibition using my large format 4 x 5 Cambo camera which has also been sadly neglected sitting in its box in my garage for longer than I can remember.

The concept is to use cutouts (or gobos) to create shadows or highlights on portraits. This is done by using a snooted studio light so as to not spill too much light around the gobo.

To create a gobo I have been printing out images onto framing matte board and then cutting them out with a craft knife.

So far I have cutout a few gobos…

I plan to play around with both positive masks as well as negative masks so see which one will work best or possibly a mixture of both…

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Gold Mine Exploration

Bannockburn Slucing tunnel exploration…

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Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens, ISO 200, 10W Torch, Tripod.

 

 


Self

Self

 

Nikon D90, Sigma 12-25mm Lens, Tripod, 10W Torch


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Bend In The Road

West Coast landscape goodness

Apparently this is also my 1000th post… Craziness

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Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 10  Film (expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Pinnacles 2

Some more shots from the Pinnacles trip earlier in the year…

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Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 100 ISO Film (Expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner


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Summer…

As Summer fades into Autumn here go a few shots from my Nikonus…

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Nikonus 5, 35mm Lens, Fuji Velvia 50 (Expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Interview

A while back I got interviewed about one of my favorite locations to shoot, Fort Balance.

The article came out yesterday and is HERE  if anyone is interested

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Tandem

Tandem paraponting at Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand.

A couple of over exposed shots from my Horizon… This was the only way to process them to make them look any good 🙂

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Horizon 202 Camera, Fuji Superia 200 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Pathway

The path to Fantail Falls…

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Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 100 (Expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Denniston 2

Looking up towards the top of the Denniston incline which ran coal down to the flats below. At one time it was considered one of the mechanical wonders of the world.

Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 100 Expired, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Pancake Rocks

Another shot from the West Coast trip earlier in the year.

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Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Pinnacles

This is somewhere I really have to go back to at night and shoot some star trails…

It was used as a set for the “Valley of the Dead” in the first Lord of the Rings movies

Pinnacles

Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 100 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


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Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser lighthouse is situated 50km south east of Wellington and according to “Lonely Planet” is one of the top 10 lighthouses in the world… Or so I’m told.

Cape Palliser Lighthouse

Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 100 ISO Film (expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner


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Waves

Sign at Fox Glacier

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Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Coastline

A slice of West Coast coastline of the South Island of New Zealand… Apparently according to Lonely Planet this is one of the top 10 most beautiful coastline drives in the world.

Cant say I disagree…

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Horizon 202, Ilford Delta 100 ISO Film (Expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Ferry Passenger

On the Interislander ferry between Wellington and Picton.

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Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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12 Percent

The road down from the Denniston mine just out of Westport…

Cant say I have ever seen this particular road sign and until I scanned it I was sure it said 12 Degrees 🙂

12 Percent

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


Bendigo

One of my favorite places to photograph in Central Otago is the old gold mining town of Bendigo.

Its such a stark landscape…

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Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


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Stone Gods

These stone piles or “stone gods” were pretty much everywhere around the West Coast…

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Horizon 202, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


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Waterfall

Just back from a couple of weeks holiday in the South Island… Developed 11 rolls of film yesterday with still more to do…

Busy

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To be perfectly honest I have no idea where this was taken 🙂

Horizon 202 Camera, Ilford Delta 100 Film (Expired), CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


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Sacha

Publicity photo for Sacha’s website and other random things like exhibitions. Check her website HERE and while you are at it go check out her art its pretty damn cool! 🙂

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Nikon F5, Ilford Delta 3200 ISO Film.


Ingmar

Ended up going to the Nzifbb Wellington Championships Finals to shoot a friend competing….

The last time I saw him he was 12…

He has somewhat changed 🙂

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Nikon D90, 80-200mm f2.8 Lens, ISO 3200


Within

Some double exposures using an iPhone from assisting job I did yesterday… The things you do when waiting for someone to turn up 🙂

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Within (Typewriter) Within (Grassman) Within (Foliage)

Keeping with the iPhone theme of my last blog post, today I took these Hipstamatic double exposures of my awesome lighting assistant Simon, while I was waiting for a corporate portrait client to arrive. Within a short time of uploading them to Facebook, I found that one of them had been featured on the HipstaChallenge Facebook site. Thanks to Samuel at HipstaChallenge for the title: ‘Within’.

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