- Aperture: f/5.6
- Focal Length: 31mm
- ISO: 800
- Shutter: 1/80 sec
- Camera: NIKON D200
This shot was a total accident and breaks two ‘rules’ of photography that I usually stick to – the white balance is all wrong and there’s blown highlights all over it – but I really love the effect, which proves that rules are meant to be smashed into tiny little pieces sometimes.
The shot is taken behind the set of Something For The Weekend, a Sunday morning show on BBC2, but I took it during the week while the set was packed up against the wall of the studio. I was playing with my flash and LumiQuest softbox and some gels. The flash was gelled for fluorescent lights but the camera was white balanced for tungsten, and I accidentally took a shot while I was holding the flash in one hand and trying to change a setting on the camera with my other. The flash was too powerful and blew out all the detail in this shot (which I’ve rotated a little, to straighten it) but I saved it all the same as there was something appealing about it.
It’s almost straight out the camera – the only processing is a B&W layer set to Multiply blending as that brings back a lot of detail where there already was some, and a hand-drawn vignette (I used to use an automatic vignette action but recently I’ve started hand-drawing them with a lasso set to 250 pixel feathering).
Let me know what you think!