I am enrolled in Kim's Be Still - Fifty Two class. So far I have been mostly following along with the material and not really doing much. Much of the class is about still life photography and using Lightroom. Up to now I have been doing very little still life. One of my reason for not doing more is that I didn't have a very good place to set up a still life. Well, let me say that I could have found someplace, but still life photography was not usually my thing. Most of my photos are taken where I find something to photograph. Not much pre-planned.
I figured that since I was in the Be Still class I needed to start trying something outside my normal box of photography. I needed a place to set up my still life . . . and something to put it on that was portable. I ordered a wooden, folding table that is eucalyptus hardwood with warm, mahogany brown tone. This is nothing like Kim's used and white for most things. I could set it up on my deck in the shade and have a great place to set up my still lives. It arrived and this is what it looks like.
This is my first set up for a still life using my new portable surface. It includes a vase that my mother bought in about 1925. She bought it in Los Angeles in a local little department store called Kling's Department Store. She liked it because it had all the palm trees on it. It reminded her of the street our home was on. There is a piece of cotton batik fabric, the book I was reading, and my glasses. I love the table top. I also love that the table is made from eucalyptus hardwood. There were many eucalyptus trees in Southern California. I love the fragrance from them.
As I was growing up, the vase was sitting on the top of a room divider between our living room and dining room. When the day's mail was brought in, it was placed on the shelf leaning onto the vase. One of my early memories.
This is how my edited image looks after a little tweaking in Lightroom and then mostly in Photoshop.
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I set up my new still life table on the deck. This gives very nice shade in which to take the photos. The layout I created seems to be a common type. An object, some fabric, a book and glasses. I was so happy with my new table that I forgot why I don't use my deck very much . . . mosquitos. I am rather allergic to their bite. It swells up to about the size of a quarter and lasts about two weeks. Well, I took a bunch of photos and was rather pleased with them. I brought my equipment back into the house and then realized that one of those little flying insects got me on my arm near the elbow. It still itches several days later. But, I got the photos. I selected the one that you see at the beginning of this blog entry. I was shooting in RAW and Aperture Priority. I opened the image in Lightroom 5. For the photo, I used f/2.0 for a fairly shallow DOF, 1/100 second, and an ISO 640, I adjusted the ISO so that I had a shutter Speed of at least 1/100; I shake when taking photos. I am using my Canon PowerShot S90 camera. In Lightroom, I lightened the shadows by +100, set Clarity to +27, and decreased Saturation -16. I also cropped the image to this.
I opened the image in Photoshop. I am using CS6 on a Mac. I cropped the image.
I had already made the adjustments to my image in Lightroom. The next thing I did was bring in Kim's magic texture kk_magicgrunge. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I want to use it to give me a grungy border.
Then I changed the mode to Screen and kept Opacity 100%.
But this didn't give me enough grunge for my border. So I brought in Kim's magic texture kk_seriousmagic. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.
Now for a final texture, I brought in my favorite, kk_stainedLinen. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I find that this texture frequently does just what I want.
I changed the mode to Soft Light and kept Opacity 100%.
This is just what I wanted. Here it is.
And, that's how I went from there to here.
That's all for now.
Live life fully and enjoy.