Our theme this week was “organic” for Kim Klassen’s “Be Still Fifty Two”. What a great topic! I’ve got plenty more ideas running through my mind for photo ops and will be sharing more later on.
But for today, I chose to use these granny smith and fuji apples that I picked up at the store the other day. I only grabbed a few because I’m planning a trip to the Orchard!
I also wanted to talk just a bit about the “dark”. I’ve read so many statements from people that have day jobs outside the home and their only chance to shoot is after the sun has gone down. For myself, I think there’s an underlying “fear” of having to use artificial light simply because it’s been burned into photographers’ brains to use “natural light”, shoot manual, etc.
HOWEVER, Autumn is quickly arriving in my neck of the woods and winter won’t be far behind, so I’m going to be stepping outside that line of thinking/my comfort zone and use more of the settings that are on my camera. After all……..they’re there for a reason, right? So let’s use them!
It was 11 PM lastnight when I decided to grab my tripod, the apples, an old knife, and an
old ancient piece of burlap that my Step-Dad used for storing potatoes in the winter…..MANY moons ago. I then headed straight to my upstairs bathroom which isn’t used that much and I’ve begun storing hoarding my fabric and linens in there and use that room quite often to shoot. It was pitch black in there (thus the tripod). The only light was faintly coming through the door from another room. So I grabbed a………flashlight!
I set my camera on Aperture Priority, ISO was 200 (I wanted the dark moody feel), changed the lighting “in-camera” to incandescent and warmed that up JUST a bit, arranged my supplies and then used the flashlight to “spotlight” my set-up……….it created a lovely vignette, don’t you think? And by choosing the in-camera settings, it didn’t come out on the RAW side with that yellow tint we often get when shooting indoors. (MAKE A NOTE to change those in-camera settings back before heading outdoors!)
I also used Kim’s “darklight” preset in lightroom which further enhanced the moody feel and tweaked a few of the preset settings to my liking.
Here are the results:
The previous image was BEGGING for a 1:1 format, so……
And then created this diptych. Kim supplied us with a lightroom template/preset to easily create it.