I decided to take a break from portraiture this week, and focus on abstract macro photography (again) while I waited for the opportunity to go on a shopping spree (last weekend’s lighting course really made me realise that my kit was lacking!).
Prom-night – This is one of the images I took at the shoot on Friday. I positioned ‘my subject’ on a stairway, while I stood on the level above. The light came from a large window, and then I boosted the shadows with a reflector.
Tassels – This is actually a close-up of our dogs’ toy, which I shot late Saturday afternoon after a long day at my course. I lit it with harsh flash.
Aurous – This was an image from the practical aspect of the course – it was taken at about 3pm, with the sun as a back-light and a huge reflector as the primary light source. The reflector was held at an angle, which resulted in split-lighting.
Sprinkled with anthers – believe it or not, this is actually a macro shot of a bottle brush. I positioned my flash slightly behind it to create back-light. The vignetting is almost entirely natural.
Frost – I changed the colour of this image in-camera to create a slightly wintry feel (clearly I’m missing winter already!). My flash was actually bounced off my pants (weird, I know, but I didn’t have my reflector with me). This created a very orange-tinge, prompting me to change my white balance.
Fissures – This ended up becoming the start of my vintage tone curve obsession (basically when one drags up the blacks in the tone curve to create a vintage effect). The image is of a small section of tree bark.
Cheeky – Charlie is getting so big! Realising this, I decided to take some more photos of him. I took this image with my 70-300mm lens set on ‘macro’.
Wash-day – This was baby Charlie’s first ever bath. He seemed a bit taken aback at the thought of sitting in water only to be covered in strange smelling stuff, but complied nonetheless. While he was still all soapy I took a quick photo with my “nifty-fifty”. I had my flash aimed at the ceiling, simply to increase the amount of light in the room.
Enjoy the rest of your week!