Black Iron End Table

black iron end table
    black iron
  • [ magnetic iron ore ] - See Magnetite
  • Sheet steel as it comes from the rolling mills, not coated with tin.
    end table
  • (End tables) Usually bought in pairs, they accent the style of the coffee table or other furniture. Usually placed at the end of the sofa, it is a very important piece of a living room set.
  • A table is a type of furniture comprising an open, flat surface supported by a base or legs. It may be used to hold articles such as food or papers at a convenient or comfortable height when sitting, and is therefore often used in conjunction with chairs.
  • (End tables) are small tables typically placed beside couches or armchairs. Often lamps will be placed on an end table.

I knew this was the way I wanted to finish off my subject, even before it was a ball of paper. I tried for it without Photoshop, but got burned. Literally. The paper ball is stuck on the end of a black iron table trestle. If the lighting was brighter, you'd only be able to see the black table leg dropping down about a foot behind the fireball. In my first test run, it was obvious that the ball wouldn't sit still during the burning - it tended to drop things, unfold, and fall off to one side. I tried to fix this by binding the loose ends together on the bottom with scotch tape. As I was testing things out to see whether or not this setup would be at all safe, I got my painful answer. The fire quickly melted the tape, which folded up into a little flaming liquid ball that dropped straight down. I saw it coming but couldn't move quickly enough and got grazed between the thumb and forefinger. So plan A was out. Plan B was a double exposure to get the same shot. Which is cheating, in my case. I don't have 2 of the things I'd need to make it work in-camera. First, a multiple-exposure-capable camera, and second, warm-up gels. So I now need Photoshop. The multiple exposure option is only available in a rare few digital cameras since it's largely unnecessary with software that does the job better. This is a bummer, because it's a terribly easy thing to implement in-camera. So since this is cheating, I limited myself to what I could do if I was able to do a double exposure in-cam. I've had no experience doing multiple exposures since abandoning my old 120mm dual-reflex antique years ago. Got tired of accidental doubles and accidental blanks. You have to manually roll the film forward, which sometimes I didn't, and sometimes I rolled it twice because I thought I didn't. I took a bunch of shots of the ball burning, decided on the keeper, and then moved the trestle out of the way once I'd decided exactly where my hand was gonna go. I lit the hand with the flash on a cable, and used the ETTL mode at -2eV. That's where I needed the warm-up gels: with an orange filter or three taped on the flash, my hand would look as if it was lit by flame. Since I don't have those, I had to adjust the color balance of the hand image. And also, that's where I made my mistake. 2 stops under-flash was not dim enough. There's no way that fireball could be making my hand that bright. I didn't notice it until the downloads were done, but once I did it was terribly obvious. A very easy thing to fix in Photoshop, but for this exercise I decided that was too much. I should have re-done the shot with the flash on manual (or played with ISO/aperture) to get the right exposure. So in software, I put the hand image on top of the burning paper image, selected Lighten for the blending method, and adjusted the hand's color. I love how this came out.
Longaberger End Table.
Longaberger End Table.
As you can see, these tables are GORGEOUS... but because they're wrought iron, are very heavy and I'm assuming were a pain to move. In the background, you can see my shoe collection. These are the shoes I wear to school/work on a regular basis: Classic Tall UGG boots in Black, silver American Eagle by Payless ballet flats, and dark brown Birkenstocks. Clearly, comfort matters to me.

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