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  Saturday  April 17  2004    03: 03 AM


I fly off to Washington, DC, on Tuesday. I will be shooting some of my grandfather's paintings at the Naval Historical Center. Yesterday I shipped off my lighting equipment. I hope I see it again. If I don't, here are some pictures of it. I'm using just one light source and its a continuous tungsten light with a 750 watt lamp.

It's a Lowel Tota light. Compact and rugged.

The little sucker really puts out a broad and *bright* light.

I got an umbrella with it but I won't be using it for shooting the art work. The smaller the light source, the easier it is to control glare off of shiny surfaces.

I shot my last test shots before shipping the light off. I used Fuji NPL, a tungsten balanced film. Here are the tests with quick and dirty color adjustments.

A painting of my grandmother that Griff did sometime in the 20s. It has some damage, which I will repair digitally. It's a large piece — 51" x 38".

This is a 19" x 26" David Goines. This is behind glass so I was pleased to avoid reflections.

Studio lighting is something new to me and it's exciting to be able to do new things with my camera. It opens new doors. Once I figure out what I can do with one light, and how to finesse that light, I will get more lights. Using continuous lights is not the norm, strobes are. But continuous lights are a lot easier to work with when you can easily see the effect of the lighting. The lights are a lot cheaper and have capabilities that most strobes don't. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. If she can do it, I can too.