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Juniper and Rustic Props

Juniper and Rustic Props

Today I did something spur of the moment...something unplanned or organized....it was magical....

It all started with a huge Juniper bush located near the sidewalk where I walk into work each morning.  I had been admiring the gorgeous blue berries on the branches for months and simply felt so drawn to capture them with my camera.  With permission from my boss and help from a co-worker, a few little branches were snipped and carted home....

In my last post  "A Time To Renew" I shared my intentions of taking time to better understand my photography style as well as to really grasp the "manual" settings on my camera.  There was no time like the present...  

With the weather cold, damp, and snowy, I decided to set up a little studio in our lower family room and used just the light coming in from a foundation window.  I had been watching the light down there for several days and determined that it would be ideal for the "dark and moody" style I wanted to try to shoot.

I had found a wonderful rustic wood bowl at TJMaxx several weeks ago and quickly gathered some old previously collected bakeware, zinc, sponged pottery and a beautiful oiled wood slab from the studio......... the set up began... 

I randomly arranged some props in the light, as shown above, to get my camera settings targeted.  I wanted to focus on "straight on" and 35-40 degree angles for the shots.  As you can see above, I worked through the placement and camera settings until I felt I not only understood the choices I had made, but also to understand how the lighting and angles would skew the whole works.  Taking one small step at a time and reviewing the results of the settings I had selected, gave me a much stronger understanding of how aperture, shutter speed, and exposure all worked together.

I grabbed a piece of dark blue denim a and draped it over a little wood stool which was set on a small wood table near the window.  I knew I wanted a dark background with soft movement and the blue proved to be very complimentary to the gorgeous berries.

Before I begin the showing the fruits of this labor, I would like to mention that these images are all SOOC (straight out of the camera) and have ZERO editing in either Photoshop or Lightroom.  I know with tweaking and cropping, they will be even better but good, bad, or otherwise, I wanted to see if I truly was learning lighting, manual settings, composition and styling....and yes, I would LOVE to hear your opinions and suggestions....

Here they are....

 
 
 
 
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Probably more Juniper than you'd ever want to see in a post or a lifetime maybe, but thank you for looking and I would be delighted to get your opinion, feedback, critique, and comments.  I used a 50mm 1.8 lens on a Canon Rebel T3.  Also snapped a few with my iPhone for Instagram.

I hope each of you had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday as we are celebrating our's today....with homemade spaghetti....yes, spaghetti...if you ever had Mike's homemade sauce with Italian sausage, you'd fully understand why - I am thankful on soooo many levels with this man.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by....

JoanMarie

 

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A Time To Renew...

A Time To Renew...