Gentle Portray 101: Illuminating a terrifying dinosaur at night time
How did I illuminate this dinosaur from the again? By hiding! Learn on and I’ll clarify!
However first … what is that this?
It’s a velociraptor. Or quite, a sculpture of 1 created by grasp sculptor Ricardo Breceda. It’s situated close to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. There in Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs, there are roughly 129 sculptures, all created by Breceda.
Three steps to mild portray the velociraptor
The 1st step: Illuminating the face and people extremely sharp enamel!
The velociraptor can be largely silhouetted if it weren’t for mild portray. I didn’t need that. Nope. I stood to the left of the digicam. I used a heat white mild from a handheld ProtoMachines LED2 mild to light up the face throughout, creating shadows and depth whereas leaving the chin darkish. Velociraptors do have chins, proper?
Step two: Illuminating the claws and the bottom
I moved to the precise of the digicam. From there, I held the ProtoMachines mild close to the bottom, ensuring to select up some texture on the bottom and in addition define the claws only a bit so they might come out a bit from the shadow beneath. Seems extra horrifying that method!
Step three: Hiding behind the dinosaur
If there’s a charging dinosaur with massive sharp enamel, it’s at all times a good suggestion to be in again of it, not in entrance. However there was one more reason I hid behind it. This was to dam the sunshine. I needed to backlight the velociraptor so it could define the hind leg and again, mimicking the sunshine of the moon within the course of. I made certain the sunshine was in again of the neck after which popped the sunshine for a couple of seconds.
I used a Nikon D750 with a Rokinon 12mm fisheye lens for a two minute publicity at f/8 ISO 200. Jamming the fisheye lens up near the pinnacle creates this glorious distortion. It seems like the pinnacle and enamel of the dinosaur are about to leap out of the photograph and take a bit out of you. Accentuating this with the fisheye makes this look extra dynamic. So does lighting the enamel and the pinnacle. The brighter head and the moon shining simply above it attracts your consideration instantly towards the center.