Thursday, 5 March 2015

Be Still 52...

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Some people have been… hard-going this week. At times like this I'd like to grab my camera, books, cats, and iMAC and head for the nearest island to escape from everyone (I know I'm on an island but it's a big one so it doesn't count).  Foregoing that, I just grab my camera and enjoy a few moment of stillness.

This week it's all about backlighting - not too different to many other weeks for me as it's one of my favourite kinds of lighting.  I used bounced fill-in flash on these from an on-camera speedlite.




 



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Texture Tuesday...

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I came across these sweet plates in a charity shop and fell in love with the colours and design. They're from the Empire Pottery Staffordshire and date from December 1955 judging by the manufacturer's mark on the back.  I really only wanted one but ended up with a set of about twelve for £2. The prop shelves are groaning… I don't often do overhead shots because a) I find them difficult to lay out to my liking and b) it hurts my back to shoot them! The little plates seemed to demand it though.  It was a relief to get back to a normal pov and shoot clementines :-)

First image edited in LR with Kim Klassen's Breeze preset (tweaked), then in Elements with Kim's Touch texture.



The other images were just edited in LR with Breeze preset (tweaked).




Thursday, 26 February 2015

Be Still 52...

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Still-life shooting is like meditation with a camera… you can be totally in the moment, you don't have to think of anyone or anything else, just what's in front of you. 

I found these sweet little pots at the charity shop at our local animal rescue centre, they were 20p each! I didn't know what I'd use them for but I knew they'd come in handy, and things came together when my sister gave me a bag of scarves including the lacy number here, and Hinckley Fashion Outlet gave me some rather nice artificial flowers.  All I then had to do was shoot with window light and some bounced fill-in flash, followed by some LR magic, including Kim Klassen's 'Breeze' LR preset (which I tweaked).






Thursday, 19 February 2015

Be Still 52...

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This week it's all about props.  I've become an avid collector of all manner of odd bits and bobs since starting to shoot still-life.  My only problem now is where to put it all!

I  used Kim's new LR preset 'Darkmood' on this…




Last three edited with Kim's Melancholy LR preset (with slight tweaking).

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Texture Tuesday...

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Am on a bit of a Chinese New Year kick at the moment as you might have guessed if you've read this week's challenge that I posted yesterday…


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Be Still 52...

KIM KLASSEN dot COM

I'm so enjoying this year-long exploration of still-life with Kim Klassen, it's so relaxing to just 'play' with pretty things and my camera!  This week it's all about side light.  I shot these on the kitchen work surface with light from the window, and used some large black card on the opposite side to darken the shadows further and create more contrast.  A bit different to the light and airy shots I normally go for - still-life from the dark side. :-)



… and one more.  I couldn't resist these heart-shaped crumpets in ASDA, they just made me laugh.  The crumpets of lurve!


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Texture Tuesday...


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Still being influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi: the art of imperfection.




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