Cymbals as Reflectors O.o

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  1. Hillsong

    Hillsong TPF Noob!

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    So....Being the cheapo bored college student I am, I was shuffling around in my room looking for stuff that i could use for photography. I saw my set of Hi hats and was hit with inspiration....I have found my temporary reflectors. I threw one on my bed, set up a quick lamp for lighting, pointed the camera at my face and this is what i got. The only noticeable problem i see is the light caught in my eyes is a little distracting, but i shouldn't have that problem from farther away.

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    I know its a nasty crop but it makes my point. Not too shabby IMO. The best part of it all? I have bigger ones (i have cymbals ranging from 10" to 24") as well as at least 10 stands...Invert a cymbal on a stand and you have a free reflector!....they sound pretty good too! Sure they look ridiculous, but hey, it gets past the problem I had of not having anyone to hold the gator board. (eventually i may just cut a hole the same diameter as the cymbal hole so i can mount the board onto the stand for other trials.

    Anyhow, just thought it might be interesting to share.

    -Hillsong
     
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    UUilliam TPF Noob!

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    I like it!


    Smart idea, creates a nice reflection in the eyes.
     
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    Clever and creative! I like it. :thumbup:
     
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    tsblo TPF Noob!

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    Hey now I can justify buying a full set of Paragon Sabian cymbals. Its really just a business expense.... :lmao:
     
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    what and how much? lol
    im always looking for good deals on crashes splashes and chinas.
     
  6. Hillsong

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    Well the cymbals I play on are actually B23 (and a few b20) cymbals (Dream Cymbals. If you don't know about them, check them out, they are very much like vintage Zildjians) so it has a much more silvery tint than perhaps a b8 cymbal. The warmth of the image does also stem from the lighting. I'm thinkin i can use a 24" ride on my left side and a smaller 14" to the right of the subject for backlit shots. I'll experiment some and let ya'll know what works best. I think the funniest thing about this all was that i was going to use my 12" little squealer as a diffuser before i thought of using my cymbals ;)
     

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