So today I show you a series of flowers I shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 using the 35mm 1.4 lens. This lens is wonderful, it’s totally changed the way I use the X-Pro1. To be honest I have forgotten where I left my 18mm its that good… I am well aware that its is not a lens to be doing this type of photography with really but its is the lens that is on my camera and I wont let it stop me taking photos. This series is not meant to be an example of amazing still life photography, a still life photographer I am not, for me this a way to use my camera and get shooting, I just love taking pictures as I am sure all of you do, but sometimes you fall out of the groove. This is one way to get back in that groove, especially as the whole shoot from start to finished image took an hour. Have a read and see how my process went.
There I was sat on the sofa, itching to take some photos, and I caught sight of the flowers in the window. Inspiration hit! I’ll take photos of flowers… As I was also hungry and thinking about baking a cake I struck upon the idea of using baking paper as my background. So I set about making a mini studio, I love daylight so it was always going to be a soft diffused light that wanted. I chose my spot in the lounge, you can see it in the picture, next to the TV, the light had a beautiful fall off just there. You can also see Seymour my wooden robot!
So I began to photograph the flowers, I shot quite dark so I could get some fall off and shadow into the images. Once I had all my flowers shot I got them all into capture one. Have a look at the screen shots, I didn’t really make any wild adjustments, small subtle stuff, not really noticeable. I could of gone to town here, I instead decide to keep the images pretty natural.
So now I process the files and get to work in Photoshop, this is where I do most of my adjustments. As you can see in the pictures below there is not that many adjustments made, I just accentuated what was already there. I did need to extend my background though, which is super simple, just stretch the edges out, as long as you can’t see the stretch in the background you’ll be alright, if you can just stick some noise on it to hide it a little… I also put a crop on the file to focus the attention in more.
So there you have it, nothing groundbreaking, maybe I could have spent a lot longer on the images but they are what they are and served the purpose of some practice, idea generation and photography inspiration!
Are they perfect? No! But I am not a still life photographer, They look good, and I feel like I achieved something instead of wasting an hour, not bad for a first attempt I think!