What is this and how was it photographed & processed?

by Sean Setters

Let's have some fun this morning with a little guessing game. I photographed the item seen above yesterday in the studio. Here's what I want to know:

  • What is the device and what is the device's purpose?
  • How was the item lit?
  • What post-processing technique was used to create the final look of the image?

For those that frequent the site regularly, the first two answers may be relatively easy to guess. The third [rather vague] question may not be.

Provide your guesses in the comments. I'll post the answers at noon today.



Update: The Reveal

Flash Grid Macro Setup

As many of you guessed, the item pictured was indeed a Speedlite flash grid. It was lit using a single, radio triggered Canon 580EX modified with a blue gel. The light was positioned below the grid, but I had to create some distance between the light and the grid so that there would be even illumination across the grid's surface (that's where the glasses come in). I also used a 1-stop ND gel beneath the blue gel to knock down the flash's power even more.

You'll likely also notice the device attached ot the camera. That's my DIY battery operated Wi-Fi tethering solution. With it, I was able to use the DSLR Controller app to capture incrementally focused images used for focus stacking. In all, I combined 65 incrementally focused images in Helicon Focus to achieve the full depth of field I was looking for.

Gear Used

EXIF for images: f/32, 1/160 sec. ISO 100

I sharpened the image and brightened the upper half in Photoshop CC.

Posted: 10/25/2016 6:19:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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