Welcome to week 191 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
Thanks again to all of you for the wonderful posts on last week’s theme of Mist! I have to admit that I struggled a bit with this week’s theme, as the holidays are also coming up and I wanted to leave some options for next week’s theme. However, after some looking around, I thought that it might be interesting to go for something rather Common… Whether it is the every day, common object or the things that you have in common, or crossing the town common… This is a word that allows for plenty of creative directions to be taken, so feel free to take the one that speaks to you!
I look forward to reading all of your posts on this theme and seeing what path you have chosen on this theme.
Here’s a rather common object…
There are few objects that are more common than the paperclip: a bit of metal, bent several times to give it utility. My goal in this product shot was to lend something a bit more artistic to this run-of-the-mill object. By using a very low angle of incidence in my lighting of the scene, more shadows were projected by the paperclips, adding a bit of drama.
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
Let the common be your guide to uncover the uncommon in the every day!
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.