7 — Refraction & Reflection

Day 7 – I am here, on the final day of this project — reflecting on refraction. As photographers we are forever chasing light, trying to control it, bend it to our will. Ultimately we want to capture it, and forever immortalise it at that exact second.

Whether you know it or not, every time you pick up a camera you become an explorer of light. Passion and ambition for the light drives me. It pushes me to become better at my craft. I wanted to further challenge myself on this project, adding more structure and constraints.

A prism was my inspiration for my take on this project. It’s shape, and it’s refraction of light gave me a pallet to work with. I used each colour from the spectrum to find related words that somehow resonated with me. Red became anger, orange became confidence, yellow – energy, green – environment, blue – loyalty, indigo – tradition and finally violet was ambition.

Forcing myself to use these colours within the images, not only pushed me out of my comfort zone (I tend to stick to a fairly well honed pallet), but also to reveal something about me that I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen.

Once again I just want to thank anyone that took part in this project, it’s been amazing to see so many contributions to it. And I’ve loved seeing the growth, creativity & parallels! Stay tuned for my round up video coming out tomorrow on my YouTube channel, where I’ll also be sharing “How I Shoot” segments for each of my 7 shots.

Stay Gold.

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Refraction & Reflection - Refraction & Reflection Photographed by Rick Nunn
Refraction & Reflection - Refraction & Reflection - The Prism Photographed by Rick Nunn

The Prism

I also used it's shape as inspiration for the mark I whipped together for the project. 

Refraction & Reflection - Refraction & Reflection - Holding Light Photographed by Rick Nunn

Behind The Scenes

I had to share my prism holding device! Behind it is a 600ex-rt flash with Rosco Matte Black Cinefoil wrapped around it to make a snoot. 

Refraction & Reflection - Refraction & Reflection BTS Photographed by Rick Nunn

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Refraction & Reflection


Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/160th
  • Aperture: F/2.0
  • ISO: 50