Sunday, December 6, 2015

It's still fall . . .


In my book, it's still fall. Do not want to give in to winter just yet. Last month I gathered some fallen leaves and twigs and stuck them in a phone book to dry. The other day I pulled them out, watching with dismay as a few leaves separated from their twigs, but no matter. Stuck them in an old bottle I had nearby and decided to photograph them.

The overall lighting in my studio is, shall we say, challenging. There's a big light in the middle (the typical light that comes on when the garage door opens/closes). Then there's an overhead light fixture we got that has maybe six lights on it, all high-intensity LED bulbs. Then there are two ceiling-mounted fluorescent light boxes over on the other side of the room.

I do have two lights set up on a waist-high light table which work very nicely, but over my apothecary-ish cabinet, the LED lights make some cool shadows on a stark white wall, and I like the effect. Nothing will be hung on that wall because the white is just great for a clean simple backdrop. And the height is perfect -- no bending nor stooping required.

So I used that wall to photograph my leaves. I like how the top one looks, almost as though it were shot on a light table. And you know what's important about that shot? See the little tiny bit of space between leaf #1 and the leaf right next to it? To me, that little bit of separation is incredibly important.

In the second photo I took advantage of the shadows on the wall to add interest. And I also used a grungy piece of paper in the background, again to add interest.

No. Winter isn't here yet. Still celebrating fall. My favorite season. Well, favorite along with spring.

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2 comments:

CJ said...

I like these, especially the first one. What's interesting is that at first glance, what I saw was the negative space of the first image, which also has a sort of leaf-like appearance as well - but it wasn't quite computing. Very cool though. There's probably some brain test somewhere that says those of us who see the negative space first have some hidden talent that no one cares about or needs...

Carol Leigh said...

I like the idea of a brain test for negative space. Is it two silhouettes? No, it's a vase! Or is it two silhouettes? No... Maybe your talent is holding two opposite ideas in your brain at the same time, and not going insane. Maybe you should design Rorschach tests! A new career just opened up!