Rim-lit Bottle and Glass.

There are many subjects that I want to tackle at some point and this is one of them:-

A rim-lit bottle and glass – but I wasn’t sure of the best way of achieving it. I was flicking through this book looking for inspiration (not necessarily looking to fulfil this ambition):-

Photos that sell Lee frost.

when I came across the answer, or at least one answer (page 176), I decided to get to work. Lee Frost recommends a large backlight with a strip of black material covering the middle; I used a bit of black card instead as my black material was too heavy but I think that I achieved a pleasing result – here is my set up:-

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I have blinds in my studio and so I pulled them all down. Lee describes using “a couple of bottles of decent full-bodied plonk (knowing the contents would have to be consumed afterwards)”, I cheated; I used blackcurrant squash, and a cheap one at that! I didn’t drink the squash afterwards – it only has to look the part right?

I did take a light reading but this was only a ball-park figure as the light meter will give me a mid-tone (18% grey for those who need more detail) but I knew that I was dealing with extremes of the spectrum and not mid ranges – I tried various exposures around me metered reading until I was happy. Aperture was set at f16 so that I had sufficient depth of field and adjusted the strength of the octibox and flash head to get my exposure. I then tried a selection of compositions – the ones that I have shown are the ones that I was happiest with.

Post processing consisted of fiddling with contrast, saturation and exposure in Lightroom – I like to selectively sharpen my images so that large swathes of one colour, in this case black, don’t end up generating digital noise. I also made sure that I had absolute black when appropriate, for the same reason. I output my files from Lightroom as TIFFS in case I want to edit further in Photoshop.

I decided to try then as monochome images too; again I was pleased with the results:-

I created monochrome images in Nik Silver Efex pro. I gave each a different treatment; one has a sepia effect, anther a cool blue tone whilst the other two are black and white.

It is not that easy to see the subtle changes in treatment here but they can be seen in greater detail in my My 500px Fine Art Gallery here (the colour versions are there too).

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Latest additions to my Veer stock account – Saving for every eventuality!

I have taken a bit of interest in pigs recently; no, I don’t mean that I have taken up Pig farming, it is more that I have been photographing Piggy Banks and adding useful (I think) and illustrative text to them for the stock libraries. These are a few examples recently accepted onto my Veer account:-

Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif - University fees
Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif – University fees

Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif - Break in case of Emergency
Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif – Break in case of Emergency

Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif - Retirement fund
Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif – Retirement fund

Other examples can be found here. (Please click)

Back again with bunting.

Jane has come back from holiday and created this bunting within a day with our daughter Rachel to adorn her new Uni digs. It will certainly brighten the place and make it more homely.

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Bunting

Yes I know it’s been a long time.  I have made two quilts since I started this blog but was so busy doing them that I didn’t write on my blog.  I  have now decided to put all future textile work on this blog.  Yesterday I returned from France and today I have made yards and yards of bunting for my daughters new room at university.

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