While the rest of the country was out celebrating a gorgeous Victoria Day holiday, I was stuck at work (this is what happens when you’re a Canadian working for an American company). One good thing about it though is that i didn’t have to worry about preparing supper, the hubby was home and was kind enough to let me just relax.
I walked to the back of the house to see what I could find. There wasn’t much going on there except for the ever-present dandelions. It has been a while since I last took out my Raynox macroscopic lens so I thought I’d use it for these shots. Not bad, not bad at all, if I may say so myself.
I do like the images that this little piece of glass can produce. Not as good as my dedicated macro lens, but it has its own charm.
I stayed outside for a bit, while this little guy cheered me on. He seemed content just sitting there watching me as I contorted myself to get these shots. At one point I looked up and saw his nose pressed on the screen door, I just had to take a shot.
First two images were shot wide open with the Canon 50mm f1.4 with the Raynox macroscopic lens clipped on.
The first thing that we were told in class when we first started the class was to train our eyes to see light. Seeing involves more than just really knowing it’s there, but also recognizing the quality, the quantity and the direction, and how it affects the subject.
The image above was shot through a glass case, the light coming in on the right was warm and beautiful and depicts light coming through a window (light source is actually a fluorescent bulb). It created soft shadows which gave the image that three-dimensional look.
I’ve been feeling really good about my images lately. It has given me a boost to want to create more. Here’s a few that I’ve done over the weekend. All shot with available light with a single reflector for fill.
I was getting an underexposed reading on the inside of the flower, and boosting it up would render the rest overexposed, so I used a reflector to fill the shadows a little.
Ah, the fern. I struggled with this one a bit. I knew I wanted a much darker ambiance to wrap the whole image. This took a little bit of time to accomplish. I had to shoot from different angles to get the image that I had in mind. In the end, I found that shooting above eye level yielded the best result. I used the silver side of my reflector to add some fill on the tip of the fern.
I ended up with a memory card full of images, but I had to be ruthless and keep only the best ones. That is another thing I’ve learned, to not be afraid to delete the ones that were simply ok. After all, I am trying to produce great images. It’ll probably take some time before I can completely adopt that mentality, but I’ll get there. One day at a time.
Somehow my blog is getting neglected these days, but rest assured everyone that I have not stopped creating images. I’ve just been having a hard time juggling work and school.
School is going really well though. I’m really glad I jumped into the program. I feel that I have a much better understanding of how to create a better and stronger photograph. School has made me more aware of the most important element of photography. Light. We’ve played around with flood lights in the studio last week and it’s been fun. We’ve shot portraits, still life and everything else in between. It’s been such an amazing learning experience so far, and I cannot wait to learn more…
Both images above were shot at the studio, with seamless background and controlled lighting. It’s crazy how much an uncluttered background helps put the focus of an image to where it should be. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to keep going, and to hopefully come out a much better, more conscious photographer.