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Did a strobist SP
No dodging/burning was involved here …. just upped the contrast and converted to B&W with a little toning.

Nikon D80
Sigma 10-20 at 10mm
f/4 @ 1/45 secs
ISO 100
Snooted Nikon SB600 wirelessly fired from directly above my hands. Had a to cut a little hole on the side of my Pringles snoot to get some light on my face.
Room kept dark. I wore dark clothes.

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palms, hands, fingers, outstretched, ten, sp, wide angle


  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaalmost 5 years ago

    ooo very cooool…… Love your process.. thanks for explaining how! Great stuff, Vikram

  • Wow – thanks so much for the fav and lovely comment Maureen!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Cheers!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...almost 5 years ago

    LOL love the title! Very original SP and very clever lighting.

  • Thanks George!! I owe Nat a SP – and I promised her that once I did one – she wouldn’t be able to play with it as she wanted to!! ROTFL!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    Vikram!!! I LOVE this soooooo much! Very creative with the 10-20 buddy and the lighting is brilliant! You are always so inspirational to me…..can I copy you LOL :D Hands down (pardon the pun) this is probably one of my all time faves of yours because I love hands, I love b&w, and I love your use of the Sigma. This ROCKS big time…..did I say I loved it yet?! :) xxxx

  • Thank you so, so much Shelly – to call it an all time fave means a lot to me coming from you!! Really glad you like this one and VERY pleased at the reaction this one has got so far – was in a creative slump (actually not really – I just haven’t had time to shoot for two weeks and have been busy sketching away ideas to shoot whenever I get a thought). Hey using the sigma was kinda your idea – from your portrait series!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

  • Yippeeeeeee!!! Thank you so much!!!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • taylorswift
    taylorswiftalmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot! thanks for sharing the set up.

  • Cheers Taylor – I find it useful to read set-ups as well, so I share alike!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Pete Costick
    Pete Costickalmost 5 years ago

    Hello Vikram, I really love this image, so effective, I didn’t notice your face at first, but that gives it so much more perspective, really using the dramatics of the 10-20. Thanks for sharing your usual DIY lighting ingenuity, clever stuff :) A fave for me too :) I fancy some Pringles just now for some reason :P

  • Thanks Pete.
    I had to dial the flash waaaaaay down and step down to f/4 to ensure that there was very little light on my face.
    I gotta pick up some more Pringles too … ruined my snoot for this shot ;-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...almost 5 years ago

    Took me long enough to comment. Sorry, had a Joseph emergency. You already know I think this is an absolutely brilliant shot my friend. The lighting is brilliant and everything else i would want to say Shelly has already stolen away from me. Well done, and congrats on your feature already. A sign of many more to come I am sure. It was a good afternoon spent.

  • Ah – that’s where you dissapeared!! Hope he’s feeling better.
    Thank you so much for the kind words my friend – truly appreciated!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • MoGeoPhoto
    MoGeoPhotoalmost 5 years ago

    Could someone explain “snooting”????

  • Hiya – A snoot is a tube in front of your flash, which keeps its beam of light tight and concentrated.
    I used it here as I wanted the light concentrated only on my hands. Without the snoot, the rest of the room and I would have been bright as well.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinalmost 5 years ago

    nice one Vik, all the guys have commented so well..all there is left for me to say is ‘nice one!’

  • I’ll take a ‘nice one’ from you any day Deano!!

    – Vikram Franklin

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