Ottawa Nature Photographer | Rooster

Rise and shine ladies and gentlemen, and enjoy every moment of breath you have with a song! On this fine Friday night I decided to R&R at home by photographing my Grandpa’s homemade metal rooster! My late grandfather was a master welder, and during his short lifetime he had the truly wonderful talent and ability to build a great many things – some big like dune buggy car frames, some monumental like the roof trusses on some of Ottawa’s tallest Church steeples, and others small like the ornament you see pictured here. My grandpa made six of these roosters during his lifetime, all unique, and this is the only one left in my family. I really, really, really love it. If my house were to burn down and I had only one chance to save something, this would be it.

So, what better way to pay tribute to this beautiful bird than to photograph it against my living room wall? In this post I purposely took four different photos to show you some of the very different affects you can attain with three flash units in play, synced up, and raring to go. In the first example, I hit the bird head on, with two overhead flashes and the third unit resting on the floor and pointing directly at the wall. The net result of this approach allows me to wash out background shadows, yet at the same time pop the bird! In the second example, I moved the flash away from the wall, applied a 2:1 ratio light cut from the master unit, and placed the third unit directly under the bird. The net result was a beautiful fanned out shadow. In the third example, my fav, I applied a 4:1 ratio, and dialed up the exposure to +3 and shot behind the head to create a warm, sun like effect. What would a rooster be without the sun? The fourth provides a beautiful breast shot with the same affects as the third example. With flash units in hand there’s no shortage of really, really neat things you can do. So don’t be shy, flash your guy, or gal, and have fun playing around with shadows (or not).

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