Generally around this time of year, I get stuck inside not because of bad weather, but because I am tired of the scenery outdoors.
I get weary of the same black/brown/white scenery that is being offered up outside and in the woods.
So I get out my craft stuff and start making a mess. I am all over the place. I can be painting a skull or thinking about photographing Still Life. The table can be littered with various paints, my 'craft' table has projects and 'stuff' all over it.
However, I am getting better and not leaving a mess in the house all of the time. I don't like clutter, so by the end of the day, I generally tidy up and put things away. The house is too tiny to clutter up all the surfaces.
I started messing around with the white skull. It looked nice in all white, but I wanted to add shades of silver and grey. The pearl white showed up very nice and the black looked out of place.
Hubby liked the black on the skull and asked for more of it. In the photo below, the various shades of grey and white do show up. I turned the light box on its side and used a white tea towel. I kept moving things around...
I ended up using masking tape to attach the tea towel to the sides of the box.
--- of course, Farmer Bob was very helpful in taking care of things....
The towel experiment didn't work out so well so I went back to the basic white plastic back drop.
Hmmm. This sort of sucked too. However, there is always a possibility of a little editing to help out. I used ON1 and made the shot into more of a High Key shot which eliminated the box edges.
The result was satisfactory, so I went on to experiment with a tiny pitcher I'd picked up ages ago at an indoor flea market.
the set up...
I actually liked the slight textures from the towel in this shot. It felt right. Of course, I should have had something else in the shot, but I was just experimenting with light and exposure.
I experimented with different lights and different ways to diffuse or soften the light. I wanted to use things that I had on hand. Below is a flashlight with an amber pill bottle as a diffuser, a plastic cap on another light, and even bubble wrap!
Rich walked by and just shook his head.
However, before it got too bright out, I decided to see what the purple light and bubble wrap over the flashlight would do.
Purple light in back, flashlight in my hand from
What it looked like with the curtains opened and taken with my very crappy cell phone:
And now I have to deal with this...
somebody wants to get out and explore....
You can't use up creativity
the more you have
the more you use...