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02/09/2017 05:23:43 AM · #1
This thread is inspired by the Juxtaposed II challenge. How would you light the background in order to achieve a gradual transition from pure white to pure black? How would you control the transition?

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The story of the two kings :-)
(How i made the shot)

The rest of this post contains images and references from flickr.com. Images from flickr have lighting descriptions and links to pullback shots of the "scene".

While working on this challenge, the general idea was pretty straight forward. Two chess pieces in front of a contrasting background. White on black, black on white, all in one shot. So i first shot this:

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Two kings I by Damjan Janev, on Flickr

This was submitted for a while as my entry. The image was nice but it was too graphic. So i decided i wanted to make the white to black transition more gradual. The problem was i didn't have a slightest idea hot to do this in-camera (or in-flash). The problem had several aspects:
- The background lighting must not spill on the subjects. The light on the subject should come from a controllable light source (the key light)
- The key light should not spill on the background in an uncontrollable manner
- Control of the gradient (position and intensity)

I wandered the photographic corners of the Internet and at the end i started this thread in the Strobist.com group on Flickr. The discussion on the thread lead to this:

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Two Kings II by Damjan Janev, on Flickr

and then this:

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Two Kings III by Damjan Janev, on Flickr

They were all created very differently in regards to the lighting on the background. They all got their turn in being a submitted entry in the challenge, but finally #2 got the honors.

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02/09/2017 09:47:29 AM · #2
Very cool :-)
02/09/2017 05:32:15 PM · #3
Thanks for sharing!!
03/07/2017 01:50:31 AM · #4
Imformative post, thanks for sharing..
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