I finally got round to making a light box following the excellent instructions in Rosie's blog. My box should have been a bit bigger but as I often shoot in macro it does just fine. As we have two large windows at each end of the lounge I didn't use any lights and it seemed to work all right. I may have to use lights if it is a dull day, but so far I think I got away with it. Edited in LR and Elements, no textures.
We both love going to see steam trains and the volunteers at Tanfield work enthusiastically to restore the engines and carriages which fill the sheds and yard. Me, I like the small details and try to capture some of the decay and rust before the restoration starts. The first image was an old can which appears to have been burnt at some stage but now has grass growing out of it. The second image is more poignant - the original number of the train is just visible beneath a layer of paint. So much work went into these old engines and it's a shame that some of it is lost for ever.
I found this white cup in Sainsbury's supermarket and thought I'd try to do something with it for the 14th. I've used one of Kim Klassen's small heart brushes along with a fabric background fastened to the wall.
This was a similar 'studio' set up with the window on the left and the camera screen flipped out. Using the live view meant that I could use the cable release and the lens would focus in by itself, as it were (very technical as you can tell!). It's really useful when you want to capture something low down - it's not a problem getting down to do this but I might not get up again!
The orchid is still producing flowers much to my amazement! Thought you might like to see the set-up which is very basic. Crumpled tissue paper fastened to north-facing window (first time I've tried this), kit lens on tripod. On the right you can just see my home-made reflectors made of white mount board and silver radiator foil. No texture on this image. The 'studio' might be in a different place next time!
Cheviot is the pinnacle of the Cheviot range of hills in Northumberland and looks spectacular in all kinds of weather. This is a photo of an encaustic wax picture which I did some time ago and decided to add one of my textures and play about with blend modes and opacities. A good activity for a rainy day!
Two views (100mm lens) of a wonderfully blooming orchid (these are some of the buds) - it never ceases to amaze how orchids just keep on going when everything else (almost) is waiting for warmer weather. Hope you are all surviving anything the weather is throwing at you at the moment!
Found three small glass bottles on a secondhand stall in the market place. Brought one of the last hydrangea blooms inside (without insects!) and had a go at this still life. I added two of my own textures and a vignette. Still looking for the best place in the house for natural light, so far it's in the kitchen. I really ought to be thinking of winter/Christmas themes but I think I'm still stuck in autumn!
Well, not exactly a 'grip' yet, just a hint of what may be to come. We did have the 'surge' on the coast but we are a few miles inland but know that many have been flooded out along the west and east coasts of England and Scotland. Awful to see on the news some houses disappearing into the North Sea.
This photo was taken on a sunny walk - an icy pool, using my iPhone.
These lovely blooms were in a heated greenhouse, but even after searching in my flower books I still can't identify them. The second image is of a plant with beautiful petals which looked like frosted sugar with the sun shining behind them. I guess at least one of you will know what they are!
More seeds, this time rich red ones of the pomegranate. So many orange and red colours this time of year, can't help but be cheered up by them! You really have to work hard to get these to eat, the word 'digging' comes to mind. They are supposed to be really good for you once you've got them all out!
A little bit of Photoshop using the previous image, using my own textures, masks and frames. Yesterday I wanted to do a still life using autumn bits and pieces, eg leaves, dandelion seedhead, chrysanthemums, but nothing seemed to go right. I tried various combinations with bottles, wooden bowls and finally decided to give up. As I was packing away and trying to carry everything to another room, I put some seed heads into the jar to carry them - and voila! I liked the result! Maybe I was trying too hard!
Two more of the dandelion - the first with one of my textures which was a photo of the side of an old boat, the second with a solid colour adjustment layer added, hue blend mode. Both with natural light using a piece of cardboard covered with foil to reflect a bit more brightness.
I love looking at the small detail, especially in natural objects. There is something so fascinating about the design. Who could have thought of something so small but effective?! The name apparently comes from the shape of the leaves which someone decided looked like lion's teeth, hence 'dent de lion'. Better not mention the other French name!