Tagli – fotografia-LA studio, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA
Six years ago I went into the large format printing business acquiring an Epson 7600 printer. It didn’t take me too long to realize I would also need a large format paper cutter to speed up production so I ordered a Neolt Trim LF cutter. When it arrived and I began cutting with it, I was struck by the beauty of the fine art paper cuttings in the catcher. The catcher is made of translucent plastic and I remember thinking, “Why didn’t they make the paper catcher out of black plastic to accentuate the beauty of the trimmings? I should capture them in the studio on a product table with a black seamless background (paper to match the subject).” A pretty decent idea that ended up being relegated to the “one of these days” section of my brain (the medulla oblong I forgota :-). Fast forward to our present economic downturn, and I now have the time to visit that part of my brain on occasion. Since Neolt paper cutters are made in Burgamo, Italy, I decided to name it Tagli (cuttings). Enjoy!
Nikon D3 DSLR (mirror-up to eliminate camera shake caused be the mirror flipping up when then shutter is tripped.), AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Nikon MC-20 electronic shutter release, exposure: f/22.0, 1/60 sec., ISO 200, exposure index: 0, exposure mode: Manual, tripod: Manfrotto 3221, with Manfrotto 3047 studio head.
lighting: 2 Elinchrom EL 500 studio flash units (4 ft. from subject, at full power to get f/22), one with a ten degree grid on camera right, and one with a 20 degree grid on camera left. Both flash units were positioned at a 75 degree angle to the subject. A flag was used for each flash to avoid light spilling onto the backgound (black seamless paper).