fire34fighter wrote in post #5116352
Thats one of the best shots I've seen in this thread so far. Simply amazing. Care to share your technique for shooting this? How'd you shoot the reflection without you in it? And what is that "crystal ball"? Is the 'stump' its sitting on fake?
First, thanks [AP]Red!! Either that or...
fire34fighter, Here's the deal. The gazing ball is perched on its small ceramic base which sits on a bed of mulch, which in turn ends at a retaining wall where there is a five foot drop-off (there is a row of short bushes there).
The camera (on its tripod) and I are positioned right at that retaining wall, at or below the level of the ceramic base.
Because of the convexity of the ball we appear miniscule.
To the left of the tree there is a short bush and just to the left of that is the camera and my grey-haired head!
Here's a hint:
As to technique - nothing extraordinary. I set up the shot so that I could see the reflection of the house on the right with the exfoliated tree's branches in between the white clouds against the blue part of the sky and the whole scene within the mirrored ball draped on its periphery with the taller trees. Leveled everything and went for focus. I ducked down a bit next to one of the short bushes you see there.
I shot at -1, 0 and +1 and merged then tonemapped in HDR (Photomatix). Then took it into Ps CS3 and desaturated everything except the ball and its base.
And there you have it!