Monday, December 30, 2013

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Flashlight Ceiling Beamshots (Take 1)

I've decided to take my experience in compressing a photograph's dynamic range and apply that to rendering flashlight beam-shots in such a way as to show all the subtle colour differences and beam artifacts. There are many subtleties to the beams produced by various flashlights and while it is relatively easy to see these differences visually when shining against a blank white wall, it is not so easy to capture on camera, at least not with a single photo. Combining the large, 'domed' LEDs with high precision, polished reflectors and anti-reflection coated lenses in modern high-end flashlights can also create colour artifacts in the beam, sometimes quite obvious and other times more subtle.

I have endeavoured to somewhat accurately portray these differences in the gallery which you can access by clicking on the above image. Not only might these beam-shots be of interest to other flashlight aficionados, those that sometimes call themselves "flashaholics", but some of the subtle patterns and coloration are also quite beautiful in their own way. I need to be careful, since with my growing collection of lights, I may be well on the way to "flashaholism" myself! A great resource, if you want to learn more about modern high-end flashlights, is CandlePowerForums.

The middle image above (and the first image in the gallery) show the collection of lights, diffusers and filters that I photographed. There are many notes following in this blog entry, describing the test conditions, which lights were photographed etc. One thing that I will stress right from the get-go is that the photos in this gallery can in no way be used to judge the relative brightness of these lights. More details follow…

[update 12/31/2013]: added one missing photo and revised the order of the gallery and descriptions slightly to make more sense.
[update 1/1/2014]: Added labels to each shot in the gallery and fixed a few minor things in the article. Happy New Year!
[update 1/6/2014]: Added in the Thrunite TN32 beam-shot and took out the laser+refracting head to keep the gallery at a clean 35 shots.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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Happy Holidays!

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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A Hawk at Beau Photo...

It is not unusual for people to bring their pets into Beau Photo. We all love animals there and generally welcome them but on Friday, a slightly rarer animal made an appearance... a Harris Hawk! It was amazingly calm and composed, even letting perfect strangers touch it. Apparently it is "famous" having appeared is some films I believe. A few minutes were spent admiring the hawk with people pulling out their cameras and iPhones to take some photos. I took some shots with my Fujifilm X-E2 and a few more of this beautiful raptor follow...