Duna duna duna duna, duna duna duna duna — BATCAN! BATCAN!

My girl’s twin sister, Rosie is an artist, she does absolutely incredible portraits (and is open for commissions btw). This week she took her hand to some metal work — crafting The Batman from a selection of drink cans! How fricking cool is that! I offered to photograph it, and came up with a great idea for a backdrop. Introducing the Bokeh-Bat-Signal! Scroll down to see how we made it.

I tried to get a slight Frank Miller-esk edit out of the photo, and chucked a bunch of grain in for good measure.

Batcan! - 01 Batcan Photographed by Rick Nunn
Batcan! - 02 Batcan - Close-Up Photographed by Rick Nunn
Batcan! - 03 Batcan Portrait Photographed by Rick Nunn

He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.

A dark knight made from assorted drink cans…

The Setup

The cool Bokeh-Bat-Symbol was made from tinfoil with a gridded speedlight pointed right at it. Worked really nicely. I lit Batcan with a beauty dish from the front and a Apollo strip from behind with a blue gel to give some separation.

Batcan! - 05 Batcan Setup Photographed by Rick Nunn

Lighting Diagram

Lighting Diagram for Batcan!


Camera Settings

  • Shutter Speed: 1/125th
  • Aperture: F/2.0
  • ISO: 50