The next one is a bit image heavy, since I was working on a project. There's a part of me that would like to eventually do some professional photography, so I've been open to picking up little "jobs" or "commissions" on the side here or there, for trade or fun.
The commission turned out to be a little more intensive and stressful than I anticipated - partly because the scope of the project was very open-ended, and partly because I was under a lot of pressure from my real life and job. (This economy has not been kind to small businesses that rely on discretionary income - although I'm still doing okay, and have taken much less of a hit than many of my colleagues.)
The next three images were part of this project for a vendor. The first was my first real attempt at commercial images. There are several things that I'd do differently next time. First, my depth of field is too shallow, so the faces of the tins are not all sharp. Second, I only used a single reflector with the directional and natural light source. While I prefer directional lighting, and used a reflector to highlight the faces of the tins, in this case the composition would have benefited from a second reflector to throw a little more light on the left side of the red tin.
The vendor was not looking for a product shot as much as a "mood" shot though, and preferred this earlier image with split-toning. I added golden hues to the highlights and royal blue to the shadows. And again, I could have used a second reflector to bring the light up just a touch on the left side.
"Product" shots are not as easy as they look. Between color correction, proper lighting and exactly the right depth of field... it's much more difficult than Art, or even "art." It's fun in it's own way, but it's work, too. I plan on spending a little time learning about "product shots" and will probably build a lightbox eventually.
After a bit of research, this is what resulted:
This one worked better because I switched to a longer lens, used a different reflector set up, AND I wasn't as stressed.
Back to fun... this is another shot from trying to capture a mood. This last month has been a bit stressful, with some mild health issues, lots of unexpected tasks on my to-do list, some remodeling projects, in addition to the already mentioned "real job."
I bid on this Deishi chawan on ebay, never expecting to win it. Lucky day! and just as needed too. The morning I shot this, I had a half day free, and was feeling somber. The froth on my matcha turned out like a dream, and it was so beautiful against the perfect white of this glaze.
chase my blues away
Sometimes my tea setting and mood invites other ideas, or makes me think of songs or things I've read.
If I could change the world
Click the poppet image to hear my inspiration for these two shots.