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Old Mar 18, 2005, 5:50 PM   #1
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For those unfamiliar with Jon Anderson's art - John is regarded as the premier Fiore Polymer Clay artist in the world. Fiore art
consists of creating designs in colored polymer clay which start out about the size of a loaf of bread. The clay is stretched
and cut and this process is continued until the designs are extremely tiny replicas of the original. A surgical scalpel is then
used to slice the "canes" of clay and make "pickle chip" tiles which are then molded around carved wood or molded
clay figures. The piece is then baked which causes the polymer to expand into and integral design of exquisite detail
and beauty.
Jon usually releases two "spirit" animals per year, but this year he only released one, the buffalo. Apparently he had planned
to release an armadillo but it didn't suit him so the buffalo became a very fitting addition to his SW U.S. collection.

Sony F828 - hand held - ISO 100 - F8 - 1/100th - internal flash on low - bounced - real color mode - -2 exposure comp on black velvet.

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Old Mar 25, 2005, 4:35 AM   #2
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Beautiful picture!
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Old Mar 25, 2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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Lin, How do you bounce the internal flash? Does it swivel?
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Old Mar 27, 2005, 12:31 PM   #4
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No, the internal flash is fixed on the f828 but I use reflectors to divert it and bounce it from small white cloth drapes surrounding the subject. The black velvet used for the backdrop is placed under and behind the subjectso that it extends vertically to provide a shadowlessbackground. The entire setup takes only secondsto place, butproper placementrequires some forethought about how you want the subject lit.

Thefact that you have three levels of internal flash intensity on the F828 is very helpful.Sometimes I use the internal flash to actuate slave flash units which are then reflected in a similar manner. It really depends on the subject.I sometimes use speculars to get catchlight for the eyes in the small animal figures.

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