Thursday, January 9, 2014

Zoom In / Zoom Out #2 & Frugal Still Life Photography

For our first exercise in Frugal Still Life, Cheryl was showing how to use a nice piece of black velvet and/or a light box to get a still life.  Her examples were a glass jar with coins spilling out and another with marbles.  I don't own a light box. I don't own a piece of black velvet. And this class is about being FRUGAL.... so... I do own a lovely dark teal throw blanket and a sun room with beautiful light!

And that isn't a glass jar - it is plastic. From the dollar store. But it IS really and truly how I store my washi tape! So I just tucked the blanket into a chair, laid out the jar and tapes and then started photographing from various angles. The sun was coming into through sliding glass doors to the left. The chair is a swivel base, so by just turning the chair, I was able to adjust how much light was on the subject. Turns out, the least amount is what worked best (it was a bright day).

And the washi is ready for it's close up!

22 comments:

Miriam said...

Really lovely for both ZIZO and Frugal Still Life. Washi tape is so cheerful isn't it?

Karen said...

Gorgeous! I love it.

Melissa said...

Oh you know this makes me smile - happy washi tape!! Great shot for week one of Frugal Still Life & perfect for zoom in/zoom out, too!

Cheryl McCain said...

Super still life! I love the teal throw and I too have my washi tape in a plastic container (a cashew nuts container) with a red lid. Great job on week 1 of Frugal Still Life Photography!
http://cherylmccainphotography.com

Jo.C said...

Great shots, that is a lovely idea, now have washi tape envy. Enjoy the course

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love them both. The focus on the close up is perfect, and I really like the texture and Old World Master feeling you got in the first one. I would not have thought of tucking the fabric into a chair, but it creates a perfect backdrop. Thanks for the idea.
rinda

debs14 said...

Great improvisation! Love the colours in both photos.

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous colour throw! I like the range of colours and textures here. Good combination of ZIZO and still life too :)

scrappyjacky said...

Love this photo,Cheri....love the composition.....love the colours...love all your washi....love how you store it.

helena said...

fabulous pair - gotta love washi tape. Great idea to drape fabric over a swivel chair - I'm going to be using that idea

Barbara Eads said...

Good one, Cheri!

bluedogdesign said...

so happy, I couldn't help but smile when I saw it...

bluedogdesign said...

so happy, I couldn't help but smile when I saw it...

alexa said...

What a cheering pair of photos on a very grey and wet day here! I love the splashes of colour against your teal background ... (Much nicer than black!).

Tammy said...

You did amazing work, Cheri!!

Carola Bartz said...

Both shots are great - I love them! Wonderful practice as well! You have lovely washi tape. I enjoy working with it as well.

I once took a photo (well, several photos) of the glass jar in which I store some of my ribbon. It was such fun to take all these shots from different angles and close-ups as well. Your photos reminded me of that.

Vicky said...

LOVE, love the colors in your shot of the blanket and the washi tapes! I like the first shot the best, too!

Vicky said...

I also meant to say that I like the idea of using the swivel chair for the back drop arrangement! Cool idea! I might have to try that the next time! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gail said...

Love the fact that you combined the two and how resourceful you were. Its a great pair and thanks for the idea of tucking some fabric into a swivel chair and the suggestion of how to store my washi.

Nina said...

Hi Sheri, Lovely background and the colorful tapes ... looks so pretty ans energizing! It's going to be a creative 6 weeks in the classroom, I look forward of being inspired by you and everyone else in the class :)
Nina

Prairie Jill said...

Great shots! I love the idea of using a swivel chair - how clever! And I'm drooling over your collection of washi tape.
Both shots are great; my favourite is the close-up version.

Jimjams said...

Great combination for your class - love the idea of using a swivel chair for something like this - TFS