Gee, I'm caught up on my editing, but the Vancouver weather still stinks! What to do? Try some still life photography!
Truth be told, it wasn't just boredom. Before he bought his own condo, our son lived in our semi-finished basement. Now that he's happily on his own, we're converting for our own purposes. Angela has a small area for her hobbies and I've moved most of my gear down there, to turn the rest of it into my comfy little studio.
This project began as a dry run, to see how much space I really have to work with; and what changes are required. After I set up a few things, I thought: "what the heck, grab the camera and try a few shots"! I had so much fun that I did some more testing a few days later.
I've been wanting to photograph this watch for some time. It's 9 years old and showing it's age. It even works! I have a newer watch, but this still makes a great back up.
Sigma 105/2.8 DG macro
I used 2 speed-lights in soft boxes, with a white fill card above everything. I also used a smaller hand-held fill card and tweaked the speed-light power.
The front of the watch isn't as bright as I would like, but I didn't want to increase speed-light power and brighten the background too much.
For this shot, I decided to get rid of the box altogether. I tilted the face of the watch forward as well. I thought about setting the watch hands at 10 and 2. I would for a commercial shoot. But this is my backup watch. Hand-holding the fill card worked a bit too well. I can see the dust specks on the foreground.
I'm posting in this forum because it has been 6 months since I played with the feathers. Comments and suggestions are very much encouraged.
Thanks for looking everyone.