"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human, himself nature, part of nature within natural space." Paul Klee

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


This morning's tabletop project harks back to early twentieth century still lifes. 
 Behing the Curtain
  There are four lights on this set. Looking at this image starting at the top left: a silver scoop light with a daylight corrected lamp lights the baby's breath and background canvas which I painted yesterday specifically for this shoot. Below the scoop is an Arri 150 barndoored to hit the front of the table and the lower part of the basket plus it hits the twelve inch silver reflector on the other side.
On the right top is an Arri 300 watt hitting piece of foamcore just resting on the top of the set for overall lighting. What's not in the picture is another small Arri about five feet to image right fitted with a snoot lighting just the hydrangea.

Another look at the Arri 300 which is producing a top light bounced into foamcore.
There's a small silver strip to bounce light back into the basket and another piece of foamcore behind that which I sprayed with a wee bit of gold to certain spots to add warmth to the right side. Excluding painting the canvas yesterday the whole project took about three and a half hours including a bit of touch up in post.
Camera stuff - Nikon D7000 on a tripod tripped with cable release, 50mm Nikkor lens with UV filter removed, ISO 400, aperture priority at f3.2, 1/160th ss, exp comp -1.3. white balance auto. Focus was done in live view with a hood monitor.

I got so involved I forgot lunch....off to the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by.

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