"In the still water of the fountains one saw the splash of human faces, ignited by these gold and scarlet stars as they rose hissing into heaven like thirsty swans." from Justine by Lawrence Durrell.

Friday, March 27, 2015

MELON WITH PEPPERS

                                                                                                                            ©2015 Andy deBruyn

Posting one of the projects that moved to the front burner this week. I love creating these tabletop tableaus because it requires using several craft techniques.

I hand built the steam punkish background using some found metal parts. Some hot glue, several coats of paint, gold, black, and copper. Took about three days to complete to allow for drying times.

Tech Specs: Nikon D7000 with 35mm lens with the UV filter removed. Camera on a tripod, set to mirror up and tripped with a cable release. ISO 100, aperture priority at f3.2 for 1/2 second. I tried several f stops to see which one blurred the background the way I wanted it. Used zoomed live mode for focus.

The shoot took about two hours for set up and tear down. What you see is no longer there.

For lighting I had two ARRI 150watt Fresnels, one on either side both fitted with double scrims. The one on the left is barndoored and the one on the right has a snoot that scoots the lightbeam across the peppers and into the melon. And there's a bit of ambient created by the hot lights bouncing off the walls.

Post effect courtesy of Alien Skin.

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