Thursday, August 12, 2010

Photo of the Day: Lighting Saturn

Lighting Saturn, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
For a class project, David was tasked with creating a model of Saturn. We discussed several means of doing this, and finally settled on getting a styrofoam ball from the craft store, painting it, and building rings out of cardboard. When we discovered we could also get styrofoam rings, so much the better! The rings are held on with toothpicks, and the whole model is mounted on a wooden skewer. After David finished the model and went to bed, I dragged our full-spectrum light over to a corner, propped the model in front of the black back of a picture frame, put my camera on a tripod, and started experimenting with lighting. This one is my favorite, lit essentially with a snoot made by propping books around the light source to direct it, and with secondary fill light coming from the room's ceiling lights. The setup looked ungainly, but it captured the planet in all its glory. I wonder if NASA has to work this hard to get good photos of Saturn?

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