This week's Lighting Theme will be in the form of an assignment in which you can use any lighting technique that you like. Feel free to use strobe, tungsten, fluorescent, hard light, diffused light, non- photographic lighting equipment and even available light. THIS THEME WILL RUN FOR TWO WEEKS so there will be plenty of time for everyone to contribute an image if they want to. There are two considerations for photos to be on topic for this theme. The FIRST CONSIDERATION is that you take some active control of the light on your subject. Obviously if you are shooting indoors or in the studio you can create all of the lighting. Look at previous Lighting Themes archived in the Administration section of this lighting forum for ideas. You can also use existing, available light if you modify or control it in some way. You can do this simply by diffusing the light with a scrim, bouncing the light with mirrors or just using a fill card, reflector or gobo. The SECOND CONSIDERATION for photos to be on topic for this theme is that everyone must use the same subject matter. I've tried to come up with a subject to be photographed that everyone might own. I first thought that a camera would be a good choice of subject because everyone here owns a camera. But then I realized that many people may only own one camera. That would be awkward. So.....I've settled on shoes as the subject for this theme. That's right...SHOES. Everybody owns, or has access to, at least one pair of shoes. You can photograph one shoe or a pair of shoes or even a dozen pairs of shoes. You can use your favorite pair of shoes or shoes that you hate. You can use shoes that belong to you or shoes that belong to a family member or friend. You can photograph these shoe(s) in a place or setting, indoors or outside, on a clean studio sweep or sticking out from under your bed. You can light and photograph these shoes as if they were a piece of art, as a product advertisement, in the form of a documentary of the day in the life of a shoe, as cultural icons, as a lifestyle or fashion statement, or in any other way. It's your choice. Make the lighting and point of view as interesting as you can and be sure to tell us why you made the choices that you did. To start this theme off on a good foot, so to speak, here's a motorcycle boot of mine that I shot in the studio this afternoon. This boot is 6 years old with over 90,000 (s)miles on it. It's worn and nasty and black and has a bit of a shine on its surface in spite of not being polished or cared for very well. Because the surface is shiny, I used a large diffused light source as the main light. In this case, a medium softbox about 2 ft. above and centered in front of the boot. As described in some of the earlier lighting themes, a large diffused light source creates soft transparent specular highlights on shiny surfaces. This type of shiny dark subject is primarily a photograph of the light sources reflected in its surface.