It Doesn't Take much

March 20, 2015  •  1 Comment
It doesn't take much to make a great photo
 
I don't travel to exotic places on shoots, I don't really even get out much. I live on 17 acres in the foothills of the Sierras in a very cool, 1954, two story travel trailer. I'm a semi-retired, 53 year old widow that most think of as an old hippie. And really, my life is very simple and quiet. It is just me and my two dogs, Crash and Fabianna and four cats. Mikey, Zippy, Dusty and Jamie.
 
 
 
So, I have been shooting most all of my life, but I just recently got into book covers. I find I don't have to go far, or have much to create them. For instance, this is the set up behind this image.
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I always liked this lightbulb and thought one day I would find a cool way to shoot it. So, I took my chubby light bulb and a piece of 13x19 white photo paper, and an old piece of window screen and I went outside in the yard and set up a little shoot. 
 
1st, I took the screen and taped it ontop of the piece of paper and placed it on a piece of board. I then dripped a few drops of wax where I wanted to stand the light bulb. I leaned the backdrop against my planter, making sure the lines of the pattern in the screen were straight and gently curved up to make a seemless transition from foreground to background. The trick was to use f2.8 to give it depth.
 At first I thought of taking this shot and superimposing a fairy or a person trapped in the bulb but I don't have access to models very often. So I thought this old hippy would place a yellow daisy in it. I actually placed the daisy behind the bulb and it showed through just great.  I snapped a few with my Canon 60D. Liked this one best. Added a Topaz labs adjustment to it, a little dodging and burning and that is it. 
 
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For these photos, I again used my outside studio. But these images were shot at night with just my porch light.
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This time I hung an old-school canvas backdrop from my back door. I used a wooden crate and an old wooden stool to build height and used a broom handle to suspend my cascading pears. The white material is a nightgown and again, the light is just my porch light. The pear trio with the cracks is just an overlay of my cracked cement, and the one hanging from the red material also has a pattern overlay. 
 
Well, that is it. It doesn't take much to make a photo. I struggle sometimes to be creative in my small space. But I just have to remind myself to stretch my imagination. 
Happy creating!
Eleanor Caputo
 
 
 
 
 

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Jo Ann Aiello(non-registered)
I love your Pear photos and to see how you photographed them is amazing. They look like studio photos. You are so creative.
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