I have been thinking of an image that I knew I had seen once before, a photograph by a well known Australian Photographer, Olive Cotton.
I think this is an amazing image, very simple, but beautiful It may be a little dark, but that could just be me. I decided that I would attempt to repeat it.
I didn’t have the spot light like Olive did, and if I can find a stronger light I might try this again. Still, I don’t mind this. It is a HDR image, but I have done quite a bit of post editing, obviously, since it is black and white with some sepia toning.
I had quite a bit of trouble trying to work out the composition. I didn’t want to put it on a table cloth, so decided to just use the top of my coffee table as if it were a dance floor or bare stage. I tried to copy the composition exactly, but my coffee table wasn’t wide enough, so I had to bring everything in a little closer and you don’t quite get the space around them like Olive did.
I mixed them up a little more and tried not to make it so uniform. I don’t know if it works better or not, but I do like this one and the first one I did. There is a simplicity with the cups and saucers which is really nice. I don’t care that some bits are bit over done. I have to get a stronger light for doing this. I have some flash lighting, but the lighting is too diffused, I need it to be more direct. Perhaps, changing what the cups are sitting on as well. I have been thinking about going to one of those places that sell old building materials and seeing what wood I can find that will be good for these sorts of photos.
I decided to try swapping the cups and saucers with some of my sugar bowls. I don’t mind this either, but again, it would be good to have something different to put them on to take the photos. That really is something I need to think about.
Oh well, if it was perfect from the beginning then I wouldn’t keep trying. I do enjoy doing this kind of stuff, have I said that already? I hope I aren’t boring you with all my still lifes.