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Strobist Photo Trade Secrets Volume 1: Expert Lighting Techniques by Zeke Kamm

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Norman Montifar

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The Petrified Diner

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WHO WOULD TRASH a perfectly good fork just to make a perfectly interesting photograph? Norman Montifar, that’s who. By bending and twisting the fork for his image “The Petrified Diner” he implied a story, a life the fork lived before the image was shot. To light it he used a D.I.Y. strip light and a few gobos to get his desired reflection on the fork. Then he backlit the other forks with a gridded second flash, creating the long shadows that add to the drama of the brutalized cutlery.

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