Welcome back and happy new year as I start back with some still life for Monochrome Madness. I have had a great break and it is nice to get back into it.
I took almost a total break from social media and it was great. During that time I really only stayed on things to keep up to date, but that was it. It has been a long time since I did that, but as things have changed in my life recently my priorities have changed. The fires that are happening in Australia have been a huge distraction too. While I’m safe and far away from them at this stage, I don’t know if it will stay that way. One of the things I love about where I live is all the parkland across the road, but that also means we could see fires there. Fingers crossed that it stays as it is.
With those changes, it seems only reasonable to see them being reflected in my photography as well.
I’ve been experimenting with it more. There are so many things to love about this kind of photography, but I have to be honest, I really suck at it.
No, I’m not being hard on myself, I really do think that. The problem is I really love it, so I am going to have to keep trying. Can I master still life photography? That is the questions I’m asking myself now.
Last week my friend Chris came over and we tried some. She has done some in the past and is much better at setting things up than me.
First, we went to a junkyard and got some bits of wood to use and a window. We used a gazebo thing with a white top for the lighting, a lot of diffused light. Unfortunately, it ended up being a lot warmer than we thought it would be and we felt like we were cooking under it.
We couldn’t do too much, so we just did a few setups. It was always my plan to make the images monochrome, so here is one of the attempts.
I realised it was Wednesday and thought it would be a good one for Monochrome Madness.
Chris basically set this up. After she left and the temperature went down a bit I did this one.
Hit and Miss
Really I didn’t like the light from the gazebo thing. I thought it was too diffused and there weren’t enough shadows. I’ve had to create them more in post. Now that I have finally done it, I don’t think I would use it again.
We used a lot of stuff that Chris brought with her and she has much better things than me. It did, however, give me a lot of ideas.
Now I will work on the idea practice makes perfect. It is the ideal subject for summer, so I want to do more. The idea that I can do it at home is also very appealing. I’m a homebody, I love being home and being able to do photos here is perfect for someone like me. So I will be doing a lot more. Let’s see if I can get better at doing them. What’s that saying, time will tell?