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Driving Robot...  (03.04.2005)

Driving Robot... (03.04.2005)

Well, yesterday we went to visit my sister.
I found two interesting toys in Sarina's collection. ;-)
I asked here if I could borrow them to take some shots.
Here is one of them!

I tried allot to get at least 3 stops.
Either the Robot was moving to fast or driving not straight,
or it was too slow!! ;-)

unfortunately I don't have a large black paper.
So I used a black paper for background and another one for the ground!
That's the reason, why you can see that distracting horizontal line on his leg.

I used the Multi Flash Mode on my Sigma 500 DG SUPER Flash.
3x in 3 seconds shot. I PP this to get a good dark background.
If you want to see the original shot, then

Tomorrow's PAD will be dedicated to my friends Ron and
Vinh Luu ;-)

Is there anybody here, who could explain me how to get black
background out of camera?


Canon EOS 20D ,Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC IF ASP
3s f/8.0 at 26.0mm iso800 with Flash.

Sigma EF-500 DG SUPER. Multi Flash Mode.

full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Argishti Khachik05-Apr-2005 16:34
Anna, I am with you. but...

(1) It would be much easier but not challenging.
(2) Check his head and face. In each position they change!
Which wouldn't work using cloning and ....
(3) I used the Multi-Flash mode at least once and now I know how it works and
I know it's capabilities.

anyway, thanks for your comment.

Anna Yu05-Apr-2005 03:28
Take a picture of the toy standing still. Then clone it so there's several copies. Add some motion blur on all except the first one on the right. Easier than taking a shot of a moving object.
Guest 04-Apr-2005 04:49
Very cool shot. Great work, and thanks for the idea.
Waltitia Hollman04-Apr-2005 00:34
Neat shot and a great idea!
Guest 03-Apr-2005 19:38
very well done !
laine8203-Apr-2005 15:27
Keep on having fun...this is excellent.
Kokomo Photography03-Apr-2005 15:01
One toy used to take a picture of others. Things like the black line are something that always bothers the photographer more than the viewer. I don't think it detracts from the image at all.
Karen Stuebing03-Apr-2005 10:26
Wonderful job. The line looks like part of the robot so I don't find it distracting at all. You did good.
antidote303-Apr-2005 08:17
great that contrast. i need to borrow some toys as well. :p
Antonis Sarantos03-Apr-2005 07:39
They look so alive and funny!
whiskey0103-Apr-2005 07:32
Neat photo Argishti, I can't wait until tomorrow!
Cliff03-Apr-2005 07:18
Nicely done and thanks for the 'how to' !
Gary Winters03-Apr-2005 04:59
Quite impressive. I wouldn't have had a clue how to do this!
Bryan Murahashi03-Apr-2005 04:42
Great, fun shot. BTW, Thanks for your vote on my Egret shot.
Wei -----03-Apr-2005 03:27
A fun picture. I like the green pop out of the blackground.
Vinh Luu03-Apr-2005 02:01
this is a great idea Argishti! it looks like you had set the toy in motion, and used multi-flash to capture the toy as it made its way across the scene. i didn't know this was possible before. it's a lot like multiple-exposures on film, wonderful idea.

regarding the black background, if you want to make it black in camera:

1. do a custom white balance on a white card to neutralize any color cast.
2. switch to partial meter and meter off the black background.
3. set the AE lock.
4. set exposure compensation to about -2, maybe lower.

this should produce a black background. the above is basically the Zone System devised by Ansel Adams, which puts shadows about 2 stops or more below midtones (for slide film, and thus digital cameras).

:) it sounds like Ron and I are in trouble... hope we didn't do anything bad. :D
bandito03-Apr-2005 01:57
An interesting, eye-grabbing shot!
Chris03-Apr-2005 01:41
The greens are very vivid. Sort of stepping out of the box for you, but excellent as always
Tom Darby03-Apr-2005 01:36
I thought the line was a part of the toy :)
Very interesting setup.
See Why See03-Apr-2005 01:32
Hahaha, very very funny!
Yvonne03-Apr-2005 01:25
These were moving? They are so cute Argishti.