Day 8 saw us travel from West Glacier, Montana USA to Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan Canada. We got searched at the Canadian border (of course) but the border guard took one look at our vacation-smelling mini-van and let us go. LOL. 😎 (more…)
What is still life? It was our photography club’s monthly challenge. None of the club members were all that taken with it as a forté. But we stretched our wings and tried to expand our still life based horizons. To me, still life lives in a macro/normal 24-70 range. Too wide and it’s a landscape shot, too close and it’s full blown macro. Hehehehehh….. 😎 oh well. We’ll eventually figure out this still life thing. These are my still life shots. Wee bit of tonal post production.
Earlier this week I went down to Starr Liquor and Wine to buy a bottle of my favourite red wine: Angus The Bull (a delightful cabernet sauvignon from Australia). 8) It’s pure awesome! Big bold bull flavour. But alas, Starr didn’t have any in stock. 😦 But, lest my palette be dismayed, I caught a gander of a beautiful Scottish Lass! 🙂
I put together a macro studio light box tonight in about 3.9 seconds. It’s totally a synch. And, best of all, it’s cheap! Cardboard box, parchment paper, background and away we go! Check out how to make your own DIY Macro studio in this youtube vid.
The results rock the set. I was blown away at how nice the light comes through. And, using my SB-600’s made it super easy to control the ratios and placement of the lights. You could light this with ikea desk lamps too and control the falloff by simply moving the lamps closer and farther away. But strobe is cooler. 😉 It see endless possibilities for still life in this easy lightbox. Or, product photography if you do any selling of goods on eBay. Very cool stuff!
I saw a really rad photo on the strobist site and wanted to see if I could recreate it. Whilst down at Menards, I bought myself a sweet piece of acrylic that was on sale for 20% off. What a deal! For like 6 US bones you have instant way cool reflections for still life and macro shots. How can you go wrong?! 😉 I also dug out my D80 and took a shot of the setup so you can see the magic in the making. Two strobes being fired wirelessly from the commander flash blasting all kinds of white light everywhere. I also used some foam sheet craft stuff to pickup some black color for depth and contrast. I think it worked out OK. I might use it as one of my Black & White photo entries for this weeks photo club night on Friday. 🙂