Finally I found some time and a bit of inspiration this month with the arrival of my brand new SB-600 flash! It's both my first entry in the contest and my first go at flash photography so please don't be too hard on me
, any advise or comments will be warmly welcomed
Now as for the picture itself, I was in my room comparing direct vs. bounce flash (now that I can
) on this statuettes I own from the Lord of the Rings movies when I saw Golum's one and I though of a theme for a minimalist picture.
Now I'm a huge fan of Tolkien, it was his books that made me become a avid reader and only for that I'll be eternally grateful. I got this statuettes with the Lord of the Rings movie's collector's edition DVDs and Gollum's by far my favourite one. Ever since I first read the books (way before the movies came out) I found this character's story very sad and I think this little statuette reflects that perfectly. That, along with the great significance of the Sea in the whole Tolkien's Universe and my own love and closeness to it made me think of combining both and this is the result:
The picture was taken about 3ft from the subject and I used the SB-600 with an attached diffuser for fill-in, I had to apply +1.3EV flash compensation because of the diffuser and the bright background. BTW, the statuette was placed in the hand railing of my balcony (I had to be very careful in order to hide both the railing and some roofs between my house and the beach, which is about 500ft away). Here's the rest of the data:
Camera model: Nikon D40
Lens and focal length: Nikkor AF-S 18-55 @55mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Shutter speed: 1/400 (0.003 seconds)
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Exposure compensation: No.
Flash fired: Yes. External (Nikon SB600)
Flash exposure compensation: Yes, +1.3EV
Post processing: NO