Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Color My World”

Color My World

"Color My World”
©David A. Ziser

This is an image I made in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago.  We had just finished photographing at the church and had returned to the Washington D.C. Convention Center. Near the entrance was this large cylindrical very colorful display area.  I thought it would make a great background for a rather “colorful” bridal portrait.

I carefully positioned the bride in front of the structure and framed up the image.  The lighting was quite flat so I had LaDawn bring in my Z-Ray (Brinkmann flashlight) from camera right.  We had to be careful not to let the bride’s shadow fall on the colors in the background. The added illumination gave me the separation and dimension to the scene that I wanted. 

I love the play of colors in this image.  I had to carefully position the bride’s face against only one of the colors – the green rectangle – so as to not distract the viewer with lines of the other color rectangles unintentionally intersecting her head.

It’s difficult to tell that this was a cylindrical surface – the metal rail gives it just slightly.  I also think the soft curve of the rail offers a slight contrast to the straight vertical lines of the color rectangles too – all in all a very intriguing wedding portrait.

Camera specs: canon 5D Mark II fitted with 24-105mm IS lens at 47mm, F5.0 @ 1/60 second, ISO 1600.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. How did you set the white balance for the "Color My World" photo? I thought the Z-Ray had a tungsten WB and it seems the background area near the convention center entrance is daylight balanced.

  2. Hi Rob, AWB - since I had the mix of daylight and tungsten. WB was a bit of a chore with too much warmness to the skin. I pulled out a little orange and that helped. David

  3. Love the shot. Reminds me of the old tv test patterns. http://www.wallpapermaven.com/i/abstract/32/Test-Pattern-d.jpg
    Something most of us are familiar with. Maybe I will adjust the color balance of my monitor with it. ; ) Thats for all the posts and teaching me and others. I don't know how you find the time. I can hardly find the time to read all the posts. A great resource for sure! I have been to one of your seminars and read you blog and David Hobbys Strobist http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/ religiously. Thanks again!

    Rick Williams