This is the shot I mentioned when I posted my previous entry, shot using a HonlPhoto 1/8 Speed Grid. I'm not entirely convinced it's a great success, but it did teach me an important lesson: using a hard light source is a lot more difficult than using a soft light. The biggest problems are that a) it's directional (obviously), and b) it's very harsh. I think that I'll need a lot more practice before this is a technique I become comfortable with.

Anyway, as I mentioned above, I'm really not sure about this one, so any constructive feedback would be gratefully received.

On a related matter: as many of you know, I often post the original image in addition to my post-processed version. In the past I've linked through to the original from within this comments box, but this was never an especially elegant solution. So, from now on, when I post an original image you'll be able to view it directly from the main image page by hovering your mouse over the 'show the original image' link (beneath the image). I've added this link to the last few images I've posted, and may alter some of my older entries too.

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1.45pm on 2/4/10
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580 EX II (1/4 power)
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