As I was stacking some pallets around in my trailer this afternoon I saw some leaves and the idea for the above shot started brewing in my head. After all my pallets were stacked in the nose of my trailer I got sidetracked with my Canon/Minolta hybrid camera for awhile doing some macro shots of some other leaves while waiting for either some cloud cover or the ambient light to drop some.
Once I thought the ambient light was good I grabbed my main camera and some lighting gear and started playing. This is how the final setup turned out:
What you see here is the tripod mounted Canon T3i (600D) with the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM lens and Hoya 3-stop ND filter. My final camera settings wound up being 1/200th of a second at f/1.8 with ISO 100.
The light under the camera is a LumoPro LP160 with a gridded snoot on it at full power and the zoom set to 105mm. It is providing those hard shadows up against the curb and lighting up the section of the photo that is in focus.
The second light is another LumoPro LP160 shooting through the umbrealla at half power with the zoom set to 24mm. This provides the soft light that is lighting up the back portion of the frame.
If I had a one stop filter, I would have used that instead of the three stop, then stopped the lens down to f/4 for more DOF, as an added bonus I would get more flexibility from the flashes. Maybe next time! :-)