Day 16 of 365 - "Toys. When you're not looking" project

"Maestro in his own mind..."  

Shot with the Nikon D300 and Nikon 28-70mm F2.8 AFS lens @ 28mm.  Manual exposure mode, F11, 1/50th second shutter speed, ISO 200, spot metering.  

Main Light:

Yongnuo YN560 II in a Rogue grid with 25 degree honeycomb insert and a full cut CTO gel hovered over the piano on a boomed light stand.  Flash was in manual mode @ 1/32nd power with the head zoomed to 50mm. 

Fill light:

To light the outsides of the overhead piano sheet music light, I used a Nikon SB-900 with an 8" HONL Speed Snoot.  That flash was backed up about 8 feet to camera right.  Flash in manual mode @ 1/32nd power with the head zoomed to 105mm.  

Flashes triggered via PocketWizard Plus II on flashes and camera.   Camera tripod mounted and shutter triggered with Nikon wired remote shutter release.  Zacuto Z-Finder Pro used to magnify the live view screen to obtain focus during manual focusing. 

In 2013, I'm doing a 365 shot a day project with the theme "Toys. When you're not looking". The idea is to capture familiar toys dealing with the situations and challenges that life throws at them in the real world, just like a human would.  You can follow the progress of the project on