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Hi Norm,

 

I used my colored tee shirts as a background color for some of the not so great pics that I've posted here. If you wear any, or some other type of shirt that's black, try that first as background before running around shopping for a certain sheet of something.

 

Regards,

Mark

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On the fly picture, with the black background, there's no reflected light. It looks good. The whole sheet picture shows reflection.

 

If your black background material is on a hard surface (taped to a piece of cardboard, say), then you can lean it slightly forward. If the bottom of the background is just an inch farther back than the top, any reflection should be downwards. None of it will show in the photo ... showing completely black background.

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thanks mark. great suggestion. t shirts are $3 at walmart

 

my black background currently leans like this /

 

i will try to lean like this \

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I like the look of a black background, too, but the problem with that is you lose the nice looking even black tips on your wing, one of that fly's better features when well tied, as yours always are...

 

If you don't like the tan-tone to match what's going on in the fly maybe burgundy on that fly, would help the tan and black wing stand out while matching it better than the blue.

 

Just my 2c

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Yes, we can see it in the wider angle photo, but if it's not visible in the final product, it's a non-issue.

 

see it now?

 

black-reflection.jpg

 

i repositioned the lighting in the photo above

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I like the middle one, but the black really brings out the fly.

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For a black background
Use felt paper and place it as far from the fly as possible and still fill the frame. This also makes the background go out of focus because of the depth of field.
A yard of black felt works well for this. Look in the scrap remnants.

I add a backlight out of frame and "flag"(just tape it to the lamp) it with a piece of black paper so that light doesn't hit the background.
The backlight also creates a rim light so that the parts of the fly that are dark don't fade into the background.
I also add a mirror or white piece of paper underneath the fly to bounce light up into the fly.

FT
I've seen your 2 light setup.
Aim one lamp at the front of the fly and aim the second lamp at the back of the fly.
Position both lamp heads so that they are just out of frame.
Expose for the front of the fly.

Hope this helps.

Kimo

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