Exercise 12.

For this exercise the project notes  asked that we use different reflective materials to study the effect on the shadow cast on to a still life.

Image 1a) and 1b) are taken without reflectors used. The material and distance used  for the other sets are noted above each image.

Part 1.

1a) Direct light. Harsh shadow but great contrasting detail in the orange.

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1b) Light with diffuser. The shadow is mush softer but enough shadow to give a sense of depth. (Apologies – not in focus)

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Part 2

2a) White card @ 100 cm.

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2b) White card @ 50cm.

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2c) White card @ 20cm.

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Part 3.

3a) Dull silver reflector @ 1oo cm. (little difference)

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3b) Dull silver reflector at 50 cm. (Still little difference in shadow).

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3c) Dull silver reflector @ 20 cm. ( noticeable difference but shadow not eliminated)

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Part 4.

4a) Bright silver foil reflector @ 100cm. (noticeable difference)

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4b) Bright silver foil reflector @50cm (Shadow broken with mottled light)

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4c) Bright silver foil reflector @ 20cm. (Shadow broken and I quite like the effect.)

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Part 5.

5a) Crumpled foil @100cm.

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5b) Crumpled foil @ 50cm.

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5c) Crumpled foil @ 25cm.

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Conclusion:

Apart from Image 4c I didn’t like the effect given by any of the reflective materials but it was a useful exercise in how material and distance affect the end result.

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