I'm sorry for the lateness of this entry! Due to the majority of England shutting down to a flurry of beautiful white stuff and large amounts of University work - I have not had much chance to make a post.
Saying this however, I have been up to lots of exciting stuff and I couldn't wait to get some of my latest images up on here. I have recently been very very fortunate to go back to Puxton Park Falconry and have been graciously allowed access to several incredible species of birds of prey. All the birds, in the impeccable care of Falconer, Gary Lawrence, were unbelievably happy to fly through and pose within a four light studio set up - until they got bored!
I'd like to take a moment to send out a huge thank you to Gary for his effort and time in this project that is still currently unfinished! He was not only great with getting me the shots that I have only ever dreamed of, but also left me with some great knowledge of each bird which to me as a wildlife nut was priceless information.
For those of you interested, I used cheap portable background stands with a bed sheet for a backdrop! (You really don't need to break the bank for great results - especially if your a skint student like myself!) I lit the birds with two Bowen studio lamps (around 500 watts each) borrowed from Uni and two speed-lights with portable pop-up 40x40 softboxes (Nikon SB600 & Neewer TT520).
I changed to a black background as I preferred the effect and simply turned the two Bowens around to create back-lighting.
Bowens & Speedlights: Quarter Power
ISO 200 // 1/200th Second // around f/11 - f/16 throughout shoot
And now finally...the images! This is just a small selection of what I took.
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Please do leave me a comment about what you think and if you have any ideas for improvements!