This project falls under the header of “why my husband should be considered for sainthood”. Often when we are in the car together, and I see something on the side of the road I will yell “Stop!”. He has no idea why he is stopping, but he does. In this case, I had seen large chunks of broken colored glass at a rock store (you can only imagine what I have stashed around the house….toy cars, rocks, miniature train people, I could go on for hours….). I struggled with this project, it took awhile for my imagination to engage, and really “see” the possibilities.
- Macro lens. I used that new Canon 65mm lens that can magnify an object up to 5x. I am determined to conquer it, and this project was no different – it won……it put up a good fight.
- Lightpad. I put the glass on my lightpad and lit it up from underneath. In some cases it washed out the color too much and I turned it off. In others in created a glow.
- Polarizer. This helped control the glare from the glass, when that was the look I was going for.
- Tripod. This was critical for composition and with this particular lens.
- Windex. Cleaning the glass before shooting it, saved me a lot of time in post-processing.
The key was patience. I spent a long time turning the glass around and looking at it from different angles through my viewfinder. Color played an important role in this project. I found images that had strong color, or swaths of color, were stronger. I have to admit I was disappointed when I downloaded the images. I had to step away from them for a few days, and then came back to start visualizing the possibilities in post- processing.
I used my most creative software to process. I didn’t want to go with a tried and true approach of trying to create an abstract painting; but rather create a hybrid between a photo and a painting. For these images I used Topaz’s Adjust and Simplify, as well as, Nik’s Color Effects Pro.
Wow, they are absolutely mind blowing. Stunning.
Reblogged this on Rtistdays and commented:
A reblog of another artist’s post about the process she used to achieve the stunning images shown in the post. Remarkably done and very beautiful!
Thank you so much for your kind words and sharing my work…..
Absolutely amazing!! I miss New Zealand.
I just realized I paraphrased the two people above without noticing! Not very original am I…
Happy birthday for next week! But dammit, you just informed me I am an adult! It’s outrageous!
That’s lovely Jade. But very sad.