DIY: Flash Diffuser

Recently I added to my photography collection a dedicated flash unit. And immediately realised that with my style of photography, I was going to need to get a diffuser.
A subsequent search online for diffusers showed a variety ranging from $7 to $30 (NZD), with guarantee that they would fit my flash.
It was only when I was doing the dishes thinking about this, that I found almost the perfect piece of plastic to modify into a diffuser box for my flash.

Unfortunately, it was in the form of my wife’s Tupperware lid for one of here prized square rounds.
Permission was granted.

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I marked around the flash end of the unit to get the size.

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Then cut it into a simple box by chopping out the unwanted corners.

 

A round of cello tape to hold it in shape, the air-tight designed edges act like clips as it fits snugly around your flash.

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Done!

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Street Photography: Exploring the edge of comfort zones

Today I headed out into Wellington to take some Street Photography. It’s always been something I’ve kept in mind, and have enjoyed it when I’ve visited other cities overseas. In the past, I’ve always used my telephoto lens – though this time I challenged myself to just use my 50mm lens.

Koru, 2012

 

As I wandered the streets, I found it quite stressful. I found it difficult to keep focused, and having to constantly browse my surroundings in case I missed the moment.

Old Bank Arcade, 2012

It also took a while to get used to the fact that people didn’t know that I was taking a photo of them specifically (at least I hope they didn’t), and that maybe they thought I had on a wider lens to take photos of the whole scene, and not just them.

Busking Accordion, 2012
On the waterfront I came across an old man busking with his Accordion. It was incredibly sweet, with many people putting money in his hat. I offered my coinage, and plucked up the courage to ask if he minded me take a few photos (I know – totally out of my comfort zone!). To my half-surprise, he said “Sure – go ahead”!
I was reminded of some other photos I’d seen on a black backing, and so I did this as well, not in the studio, but in Photoshop.

Accordian Man, 2012

On the train journey home I reflected on the day. I had found it interesting, and enjoyed it; but concluded that this was because it was something new for me, and something that was out of my comfort zone. I much prefer taking photos of the land and architecture, much like a friend of mine who owns Antonio Cuellar Photography. There is much more time, and less pressure to capture that “moment”. I like having the time to survey your surroundings, to pick a location, to set up the frame, and to set a long exposure to capture. Much of this is lost in the hustle and bustle of street photography.

Light Lunch, 2012

I did enjoy taking photos of people. It added some additional life into the photos, and made you think about their story.
Some of my favourites from the day didn’t actually require people at all however.

Manikin, 2012

Froth Falling, 2012

Bucket Splash, 2012

All in all, I suspect I will continue to take photos in a street setting, but it won’t be a regular thing or staple diet in my photography. But expect to see a lot more still life, a lot more macro, and a lot more landscapes, than pictures of streets, cars, buildings, and people.

Good Friday Cross 2012

Every year since 2001 I have made a cross on Good Friday. My first one was made on the shores of Lake Rotowiti whilst on Solo (3 days in the bush alone).
Each year I set out to do something a little different. This has included a stop motion video, to using a light to shine through a cross shape at a camera.
This year I carved out a small cross on one of the pine trees at our house. Hopefully the scar on the tree will remain somewhat, without actually damaging the tree in any way.
I hope that this Easter you can look past the chocolate, and remember the real reason why we celebrate this time of year; the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.