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Wed May 13, 2020, 11:58 AM

I said I was going to re-shoot the cactus flower with a soft box

but the box was too big to get a pleasing result so I settled for these:

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The first two are Bull Nettle blossoms. Ya really don't want to get too close to these things. Those tiny spines carry a mild toxin and lodge into clothing which will have you disrobing at your EARLIEST opportunity. Don't know what the blue one is, just another small wildflower.

If you recall this is what my DIY softbox looks like:

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The flash is triggered by built in IR slave.

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Reply I said I was going to re-shoot the cactus flower with a soft box (Original post)
flamin lib May 13 OP
gademocrat7 May 13 #1
MLAA May 13 #2
Nay May 13 #3
flamin lib May 13 #4
SheltieLover May 13 #5
Talitha May 13 #6
Major Nikon May 13 #7
flamin lib May 13 #8
Callalily May 14 #9
NoRoadUntravelled May 15 #10
wendyb-NC May 16 #11

Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 12:02 PM

1. Great photos

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 12:10 PM

2. Beautiful. I love the cactus.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 12:11 PM

3. The blue flower is, I believe, a spiderwort. nt

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Response to Nay (Reply #3)

Wed May 13, 2020, 12:13 PM

4. thanks! nt

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 12:15 PM

5. Beautiful! 😍

Thank you for sharing!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 12:24 PM

6. Nicely done!

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:11 PM

7. Here's how I make them

At the hobby store they sell sheets of translucent plastic. I just cut the sides and top out of a cardboard box and use scotch tape to attach the sheets. Then you move your speed light at a distance to cover the area you’ve created with the translucent material. The size of that material now becomes your light source. The larger the light source is relative to the subject, the softer it will be.

When you’re done with it simply recycle the box and save the sheets for another box.

You can also just build a frame for one light source and use a reflector on the opposite side of the subject. Varying the distance to the subject from the reflector allows you to adjust the amount of fill.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #7)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:46 PM

8. That's basically what I have done but a more permanent solution.

I made the box with foam board, 5x13x18, lined the inside with foil for reflectance, and covered one open side with tracing vellum. I made a rectangular hole in one end with a sleeve that tightly fits my flash. It's a friction fit but i have used hair bands (the ones for pony tails) attached to the box and wrapped around the flash for a more secure fit.

Having it sitting on the shelf and ready, for me, is more convenient than building a new device for each subject. I have different sizes and shapes for different subjects. They get most use in my macro studio.

I should post pics of the studio as well. It's about 3'x3'x3' made from foam board, open in front, on one end and top. I can use it next to a window or use the soft boxes. Line it with black velvet or other colored cloth. I also have reflectors of various sizes and shapes to add catch light, fill light and accents.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2020, 06:50 AM

9. Very splendid photos!

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Fri May 15, 2020, 11:21 PM

10. Really nice work.

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Response to flamin lib (Original post)

Sat May 16, 2020, 06:59 PM

11. What incredibly beautiful photos

They are af if I'm looking at them growing in the garden, while crouching down to their level. Thank you, flamin lib, also for explaining how you captured their essence and dimension by using the "soft box".

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