The WordPress Daily Prompt provides the theme of Profuse, which gave me an immediate thought.
One of the things that I have always enjoyed doing in my photography is the solving of tricky lighting riddles, which is something that I tackled in this situation.
I wanted to photograph these paperclips in a way that gave them a bit more drama and, maybe even a bit of mystery. To achieve this effect, I looked to provide stark shadows, which meant to keep the light at a very low angle of incidence and ensuring that the background stayed very black, as seen here…
Shooting a black background is a bit tricky, as any light that falls on it has the tendency to show up gray. For this shoot I used a single flash and cinefoil to control the light (and shadow). Cinefoil is akin to a heavy aluminum foil, but a matte black rather than shiny. In order to make the paperclips large, I used a macro lens with an extension tube, so that I could pull the focal plane in a little closer.
It was fun to create this shot, and even more fun, after I printed it as a 16″x20″ format print; it’s cool to see paperclips becoming large!
I have to admit that when I saw today’s WordPress Daily Post prompt of Bespoke, I had to double-check the meaning and usage of this rather infrequently used word. After checking and finding out that it refers to something made to order, to particular specifications, an idea came to mind right away!
A couple of years ago, I ordered a truly custom piece of art from Chris Alexander of Creo Design ; Chris is based in Pert, Scotland, and a truly creative guy, as his creations demonstrate.
The Graffiti Anatomy was designed by Chris as a truly limited edition of 10 pieces world-wide, each standing over 12″ tall. Chris left the choice of paint colors and finish to each customer, making every one of them unique, and truly bespoke! After receiving this beauty, I knew that I had to photograph it in all its glory, which I think succeeded.