Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Clementine setup

As part of Kim's course The Studio' I've been playing around with a clementine (only one left in the fruit bowl!) and an old jam jar.  The setup is in the hall with a glass door to the left.  The cheesecloth backdrop has been stuck to the wall with masking tape and the base is a tile from a DIY store.  Some light has been bounced back onto the scene with a white foam board  (black on one side) balanced on a chair.  I'm always fascinated to see others' setups, so this might be a small glimpse into the 'portable studio' which is a too grand name for what is a table and a chair! Texture used is kk_magic waterfront, 24-70 lens.

Thursday, 22 January 2015


The challenge in Kim's Bestill52 class this week was to shoot a still life with the theme 'citrus'.  I'm almost sure kiwi fruit may not be classed as citrus so you might have to use your imagination here and think 'lemon' or 'orange'!  It was set up in the hallway, in front of a glass door, south facing, but no sun today so I used a white foam board for extra light. After adding Kim's LR preset 'lightairypastel' I added her texture 'flow' in Elements.  The knife is a vintage fruit knife which belonged to my mother so it's about 75 years old.  In other words, an old knife!  Now to eat the props!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A spot of sunshine

There is a short window of opportunity when the sun shines in through the south-facing windows to catch a shot like this,  so a quick set-up with the reflections of the glass on the wall behind.  We're having a week of high winds with the threat of some snow - I'm not a fan of snow, rather have sun or clouds.  I suppose tulips are a foretaste of spring - already in the shops along with daffodils.  Hope you are finding some spring flowers where you are!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope the transition from the old to new went well for you all!  We had a bit of a rocky start with eldest son in  hospital with pneumonia but he is on the mend now.  I've had a bit of a block when it comes to photos but got round to shooting these dried hydrangea today - it's tricky with reflections but I enjoyed it all the same.  I find I'm putting more on Instagram these days using the iPhone  and  editing with apps. It's a whole new world!  (There's a link on the page to my IG photos if you're interested!).