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Submitted on December 23, 2010

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"My World Is 33 Weeks"

So this one was a bit of an accident, but one that I was pleasantly surprised on, which is always good when you've been shooting studio for a while.

Goal - to project a globe on a pregnant woman's stomach. Back-up plan was body paints.

Thought process: I thought I was going to have to shoot the belly and the model's face separately and then composite them together. The reason for this was I wanted to use an orange-coloured gel for the countries, which I thought would light the rest of her unpleasantly.

So what this lighting diagram means:

1) I am using a single studio strobe (Elinchrom) fitted with a snoot. There is an orange gel taped over the end of the snoot with gaffer tape.

2) The lower portion of this light beam then hits a cut-out of the planet, which is hand-held by my assistant less than a foot from her belly. Any further away and the countries lose their definition and becomes a formless shadow. Any close and I get the cutout in the shot, despite the fact it would focus the planet even stronger.

3. The top portion of the light is quite frankly an accident. I expected her to light up orangery too, but for whatever reason, unbeknownst to me, she doesn't. I think her dark skin helped a lot. With the snoot I was only trying to light her belly, but it was far enough back that the light feathered upwards somewhat and gave her eyes pop.

So that's it. I always use softboxes or umbrellas, not a direct spot to light my models, but I stumbled across something I kind of liked in this one.

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