For these l used the Canon EOS M50, EOS M to M42 tilt adapter, 10mm M42 extension tube, and Takumar M42 28mm f/3.5. l like how the short focal length kinda stretches the watch dials. What l don't like is working distance-the lens almost touched the subject.
Nice lighting on all 3 images, Bill. For DOF, I like #1 and #3.
Our assignment was simple. One. Red. Balloon. We could be as creative as we liked. Our instructor described this as a "concept" shot. The only was that the balloon had to feature prominently in the shot.
Sounds simple, right? Guess again! More than one of my original ideas was scuppered by lens and backdrop limitations. Happily, my decision to rigorously apply the KISS principle coincided with Angela's decision to bake some cupcakes. Voila!
I shot this with:
2 Godox Sk-300 strobes and soft-boxes
1 small black card, to reduce brightness on lower camera right.
24-70 @ 38mm
My instructor loved it, especially the rich colours and contrast He pointed out how I had managed to light the stem in between the 2 levels.
One nice side benefit: a VERY yummy aftermath! Thanks for looking everyone.
I usually mangle jokes, but this one is worth telling:
A Rottweiler, a German Shepherd and a cat all go to heaven. God asks the Rottweiler to tell him what he has done, to deserve a place in heaven. After hearing the story, God says "That's wonderful! You may sit at my left hand." He then puts the same question to the German Shepherd. After hearing the German Shepherd's reply, he invites the German Shepherd to sit at his right hand. Finally, he puts the same question to that cat. The cat replies: "Dude, you're sitting in my spot".
Since the bird is not that colorful, l like the B&W.
Bill, I really like the composition, but I respectfully disagree with your preference. In the B & W image, the bird blends in with the background. Increased contrast or dodging could fix that, but I thought your exposure was good to start with. In the colour image, the bird stands out nicely.