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Isabel L 8/30/2004 12:38:38 AM

Hmmmmm very interesting shot Beau!
I really like the colors in the shot and the lighting.
How did you do this?? #163494

Beau Hudspeth Photography 8/30/2004 1:09:10 AM


I created a small box from foamcore stock so that I could control the light as well as reduce the amount of shadows cast by the lighting - the foam core is good and reflective without creating harsh lines.

The light stand is a spare mic stand that I have in my studio so I put it to work. The lights are a 500wt halogen and two 60wt desk lamps place in the front and rear of the subject in order to reduce shadows and give a greater overall brightness to the pic.

Behind the ball is some black fabric to help reduce the background light generated by the foamcore box.

The rainbow was created by placing the ball on top of an old CD. The reflections it cast off were transmitted through the ball and gave it the light spectrum you see here.

I did some minor adjustments in Photoshop to reduce the contrast between the bright & dark areas as well as one of my trademark steps. And because you asked, here it is:

I duplicated the main layer, gave it a gaussian blur of 35 or so and then set it's layer mode to screen. This helps to do two things: 1) it brightens the overall look of the picture and 2) supplies it with a subtle "soft focus" effect.

Flatten, downsample, add a border and there you have it! #743898

Beau Hudspeth Photography 8/30/2004 9:02:52 AM

Here is a shot of the layout above ... #745180

Susana Ms Heide 8/30/2004 11:39:07 AM

Awesome close up! Very creative way of using a CD. Thanks for the explanation. #745471

Donald K. Cherry 12/28/2006 3:20:59 AM

This is a very nice and creative close-up image, Beau. I like the comp, colors and detail, however, it looks a little too "hot" around the S for my liking! #3746794

Beau Hudspeth Photography 12/28/2006 3:34:59 AM

Thank you for the compliment!

As for the brightness, I agree, but as it is, that portion of the images has been darkened some in order to make the text appear at all -- it was originally fairly blown-out. :)

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 1/24/2007 7:27:37 PM

Very creative finalist image, congratulations!!!!! #3864275

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/24/2007 7:29:33 PM

Thank you Donna! I appreciate it #3864294

Kay E. Mahoney 1/25/2007 9:45:29 AM

Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3868737

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/25/2007 11:26:41 AM

Thank you Kay; I will keep my fingers crossed! #3869367

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 1/25/2007 2:41:56 PM

Nicely done #3870651

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/25/2007 2:45:16 PM

Thank you! It is always a pleasure when the powers that be comment on your images! I greatly appreciate it. #3870688

Steve M. Harrington 1/25/2007 7:25:08 PM

Good on you, Beau! Well deserved.
Steve #3872462

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/25/2007 7:40:28 PM

Hey, thanx Steve! It's hard to believe that I took this image almost 3.25 years ago! #3872567

Susana Ms Heide 1/25/2007 8:31:13 PM

I loved this image from the first time I saw it!!! Well done! Many CONGRATS Beau!! #3872812

Kay E. Mahoney 1/25/2007 8:34:37 PM

Congratulations on your second place winner. #3872831

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/25/2007 8:48:28 PM

Thank you Susana & Kay. Keeping my fingers crossed seemed to work! #3872875

Janine Russell 1/26/2007 10:16:05 AM

Beau, congratulations on your Second Place Win. #3875429

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/26/2007 11:21:33 AM

Thank you Janine! There was a lot of really good competition this round. #3875601

Remi Trepanier 1/27/2007 4:55:07 PM

Congrats on you winner Beau. Awesome picture and colors.!!! #3880407

Beau Hudspeth Photography 1/27/2007 5:01:48 PM

Thanks Sir! You too! #3880435

Shelly A. Van Camp 10/21/2008 11:14:44 AM

This is sooo cool!!! Super work and thanks for telling us how to do it.....Not that I could! lol #6633181

Beau Hudspeth Photography 10/21/2008 2:03:20 PM

Sure you could. Knowledge is power and you now have it! Go experiment!

Thanx for the praise! #6633669

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