Day 165 of 365

Bird leaf

Bird leaf

I think this bird like creature came from the Magnolia tree in the garden. Sitting on a translucent light table lit from beneath by a small flash.

Gotta love the ease with which the Nikon flash can be remotely adjusted from the camera – a little trick picked up in lighting class.

Day 135 of 365

Glasses

Glasses

I’ve been following the blog by Leanne Cole who has a section on artists who have influenced. Today she listed Olive Cotton and put up some of Olive’s images. I liked one and thought – how hard can that be.

Well, this is a first crack and it is a challenge. My version used foam board background – too shiny, a single light bulb – too close ( think).

Olive’s version has strong shadows and a bright white background. I think her light was brighter and further away, maybe using barn doors to help make the shadows. The board was matte and textured to reduce reflections. I suspect there were no lenses in the glasses as well. In addition, she used film – no digital previews and difficult manipulations in the darkroom, so the setup had to be near perfect.

Anyway, it’s late & I’ll take up that challenge again later. Interesting how an easy shoot takes more thought and experimentation that it seems.

To see Leanne’s take on Olive:

http://leannecolephotography.com/category/influencing-me/

I’ve been experimenting with NIK’s Silver FX Pro. Google is now offering the
collection for $149. These are 2 interpretations of the same scene using their
filters.

NIK FX 31

NIK FX 31

NIK FX 24

NIK FX 24

Day 30 of 365

Glass, water & screen pattern.

Glass, water & screen pattern.

I’ve seen this done several times over the years, including 1 or 2 by a fellow club member who is also actively embroiled in the 365 challenge. Time to give it a shot.

I googled “textures & patterns” and borrowed a few likely candidates for my personal use (note the disclaimer).

I then blew them up to fit the screen I am using, put 2 glasses filled with water in front of the screen & moved them around to get some interesting refractions. Different textures produced some interesting results.

Today’s challenge included selecting a “best of”, but this guy won out.