Minimal Still Life

 

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I’ve been picking up tips about lighting for my still life subjects and decided to try using a couple of Led lamps that I nearly got rid of. They turned out to be useless for me in the living room as they weren’t bright enough. However – they are just what I need for taking photos. My ‘studio’ is a table top and I also make use of a light tent – which is simply a fabric cube about 16″ square.

Blue & Orange

Bibliophile

Together

Stand Off

See you soon,   Eileen

 

 

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Marbles

Five Marbles

In my ‘artistic’ days when I did a lot of painting in water colour and oils, the subject I enjoyed most was Still Life. So, in the times that I’ve exhausted garden stuff to photograph, and when there are no ‘hoomans’ to hand, I turn to setting up objects indoors to get creative with.  It’s essential not to have a distracting background, and in the absence of a proper studio, I bought a small Light Tent some years ago that came with a couple of spotlights and several different colour cloth backgrounds. It easily sets up on a table top, but I need to sort out my little ‘office’ so that I don’t have to keep setting up and dismantling every time I need to use it. I still have stuff to dispose of since downsizing.

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Anyway – back to today’s offering:  I have some marbles ‘donated’ by my grandchildren which I’ve photographed a few times before.

Four Marbles

I placed some on a mirror tile and eventually managed to get them to stop rolling around …. what a palaver!

Marbles again

I guess it’s just been an exercise in using shapes, reflections and lighting. I do love a bit of sparkle, don’t you?   Eileen

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Rain Drops

Sedum

 

What I love about Sedums is the way rain drops collect and stay put on the leaves  – so convenient for taking photographs. The plant has fleshy, succulent stems and leaves and as it’s clump-forming it makes  it very easy to control and also to propagate. I found out by accident that if a stem breaks off  you can just stick it in the ground and it will grow into another plant …. even better – you can give them to your friends [if they want them].

So, after the downpour the other day, I saw the sedum covered in bright droplets, looking like little jewels with the sun shining on them.  My photos don’t really do justice to what I saw as they can’t completely capture the beauty of God’s creation. Just shows you though what marvelous inbuilt lenses He gave us !

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In spite of the monochrome colouring, the sculptural quality of the plant makes it really interesting [at least, to me] and it wasn’t until I uploaded the pics to my laptop that I saw the ‘debris’ in the close up shots of the single raindrops.

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Then I had a go at isolating a green droplet against a black and white leaf and stems. I love my Paintshop Pro software! Always found it easier to fathom out than Photoshop – cheaper to buy too….

Black & white

Bye for now – you are very welcome to comment by clicking the ‘comments’ word at the end of the opening paragraph info.     Eileen


For a Short While – The Rain

Splash

I took these photos through the window a few days ago when we had rain as a respite from the heat wave. The forecast seems to be for a bit more of our usual weather shortly, but that’s ok cos I don’t like the heat that much! It’s probably an age thing as all the ‘olds’ I know feel the same , but the young absolutely love it!

Rain

When it rains it makes everything look different and it creates opportunities for me [when the rain stops] to search out things in my otherwise ‘samey’ little patio garden. Plus I can shoot through the glass if it’s pouring down outside. I was very pleased to capture some ‘splashes’ in front of Ollie the owl and his companion [who I haven’t thought of a name for yet].

Ollie and Friend

Ollie and Friend

I will post some sedum/raindrops later today hopefully,  take care all –   Eileen


New Arrivals

 

 

 
Meadow Brown

For weeks I’ve been bemoaning the fact that I haven’t had any butterflies in my garden  – well today there have been several fluttering about and even resting long enough for me to take some pics.  I think this particular lot are called Gatekeeper [Pyronia tithonus] because they have twin black eyespots with white pupils on their forewing. Anyway – I only know that because I did a google search!  I’m delighted – especially as I’m getting more used to using the zoom on my camera instead of the macro setting [which I still haven’t figured out!].
Gatekeeper

I amused myself no end cropping and trying to be generally more ‘artistic’ without it looking too artificial  … BUT – I do try to get the best pics I can ‘in camera’ as is always recommended.  I tend to take loads of shots and discard the majority as many of them are almost the same –  it’s just a matter of choosing the best of the bunch. It’s been a bit on the windy side today, so as well as the butterflies and bees being on the move all the time – so are the plants they land upon unfortunately.

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I’ve deliberately kept some images high key to reflect the beautiful sunny weather  – although I appreciate some butterflies suit a bit of drama more.

With Sedum

Even though this Sedum isn’t in flower yet, the butterflies are obviously attracted to it. I’m fortunate in having several Sedums which I love – especially this dark red variety called Purple Emperor.

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Butterfly & sedum

I’m looking forward to posting some photos I took  through the window during a downpour yesterday.  I was going to post them today but the butterflies took priority!

see you soon,    Eileen

 

 


Busy Bees

 

Bumbly

I love lavender plants and so do the bees ….  ladybirds and butterflies are in short supply in my garden – well, non-existent really – but the bees are out in force.  So, I thought I’d have another go at practicing with the macro setting on my new camera. Hmm  –  very disappointing I must say – goodness knows what I’m doing wrong.  It must be because I’m treating it asin  ‘auto’ mode I guess – I don’t know if I’m supposed to be selecting other things to help.

Fortunately I’d read tips from someone about using the zoom lens for flower close ups instead and so I’ve contented myself with experimenting with that. These are the results, but I know I could do so much better!  I found it wasn’t much good my trying to set the camera for fast-moving objects either ….  I find it all very frustrating as I really hanker after lovely sharp images.  However – as I’ve said elsewhere – I try to make up for that with being more ‘artistic’ when  sharpness isn’t crucial.  And as I enjoy  using my Paintshop Pro it becomes such a pleasure to do.  I try to get as good a photo ‘in camera’ as I can though and I don’t like to be too obvious in ‘enhancing’ images. But there are instances when it’s ok to go to extremes and a lot of  fun too.

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Next time I hope to post something completely different to my recent wild-life offerings.  More ‘still life’ or abstracty.  See you soon,   Eileen

 


Pond [er] Again

Ducks
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As well as buying a new camera I went mad and bought an updated version of my Paintshop Pro software – x6.  I tinkered around a bit with the colour on these duck images. They were  in dappled shade which I quite liked, but I think I could probably have got more light within the shadows. If I decide to have another go I may post the results here to compare. There is a  lot that is the same in my update, but a lot that’s unfamiliar to me, so I’m on a learning curve as usual.

Swan

Swans

Signet

Signets
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I’ll sign off now   …… please leave any comments or suggestions, or even ‘like’ or ‘share’ !    Eileen