creating Still life.. with white perspex..

A while ago, I purchased some white perspex as a backboard for my watercolour painting…

(after writing:ย  Apparently I had a lot to say here, so please grab a cuppa if you’re interested in reading on… and.. thank you for reading)

I haven’t used it once for painting that I can remember – I seem to be doing more dabbling, than painting presently – but I have been using it as a background for photographing some natural light, (mostly) high key images..

macaroon4_robyngosby-2016These past weeks have been busy with work, which hasn’t left a lot of time for creating, so my images are ones that I can shoot (once again) within my own space… and with the time that I have available to me.

I thought I’d share a a little bit about the process of shooting and editing – perhaps you might be inspired to try something too.

macaroon1_robyngosby-2016The Macaroons – we artists / photographers see the world differently and can find so much potential in simple things..

On the way home from town one day, my husband and I decided to stop and grab a coffee.. When I was placing our order, I spied these gorgeous colours and decided right then that I needed some… to photograph. They were calling me with their circular shape and soft pretty colours.

I’ve been doing some experimenting with the white perspex and macaroons and enjoying the simplicity.

The perspex: measures approximately 60cm x 45cm (24in x 17.5in), but any size would suit.

My situation: for these exercises I am using the end of my dining room table. It sits in front of a North facing window and gives me beautiful light most of the day (and presently, no direct sunlight). the dining room also has sheer white curtains which I find filters/softens and brightens the light.

The light: the light I am using is natural light from the window (with the sheer curtains) and the dining room light overhead which simply fills the shadows a bit. I am shooting towards the light.

Settings and lens: my settings are ISO 160 (with tripod and remote), F-stop of 5.6 – 3.2 ..and shutter speed to suit me. The lens I am using is my favourite 60mm as it gets in close to fill the frame. Again, you could choose any lens and settings to suit you.

The combination of the backing light, sheers and white perspex, create a shadow in the foreground, which I like.

Composition: I tried different compositions..

Editing: my editing was done in Lightroom..

Exposure: For most of these images I adjusted the exposure, either up or down – depending on what the image needed. The light was constantly changing.

I did try ‘Matching the total exposures’ (see Settings – Match Total Exposures), but it darkened all of the images too much, so I probably selected an image (to match) that was too dark to start with.

Clarity and Contrast:ย  Most of the images have been adjusted using the Clarity and Contrast sliders. Mostly the contrast is down.ย  The Clarity was dependent upon the image.

The Gradient tool:ย  This has got to be my favourite tool in Lightroom presently. It can do so much. You can create a gradient and choose part of the image to adjust – a lot like the Adjustment brush I guess – used similarly in some instances and very different in others (my thoughts only).

examples – you can raise the exposure in a corner to emulate light, deepen or lift shadows, soften and much much more..

Colour: In all of these images, I chose to soften the colour… they were too rich for my liking. I de-saturated most to a level that was appealing to me.

I think that’s about it…

Note: These are my thoughts only and not absolute ways of doing things.. I hope an idea might create a spark and that you’ll have fun trying new things too… or perhaps revisiting old things.

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Robyn xx

Like a dog with a bone…

Oh man…

I…

lml2_robyngosby-2016love..

lml3_robyngosby-2016my..

life..

lml6_robyngosby-2016Happy doggy sigh…

what-bark-robyngosby-2016“What?! Bark!!

A bit of silliness for a Friday – the weekend is coming…

Another reminder too, to say that the One Four Challenge for November starts on Monday the 7th – Come join me if you’re able ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a fantastic weekend, doing something you LOVE!

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September ’16 – Behind the scenes…

Hello and welcome to another Behind the Scenes post from me.

This first month of Spring on the tablelands has been very cold, rainy, blustery and grey – thankfully with a few gorgeous sunny days dotted in between.ย  On those sunny days (or when the sun shows itself), we see the beautiful long shadows…

Before sunset Panorama
Before sunset Panorama

..and the glorious light that I love so much about this place!

Blossoms on show at sunset
Blossoms on show at sunset

The Spring blossoms – ..are gorgeous and I so enjoy watching the stages of blossoming and being close to nature, especially when they are such brightness on a grey day. It always feels like such a privilege.

The Changing Seasons – I’m still in the countryside. For Max’s Changing Seasons I had been photographing one tree throughout the year – but that came to an abrupt halt when I needed to be on the farm for calving in June. So I began looking at another tree – the same type, just in a different place. There is nothing marvelous about this tree (here). It finds it hard in the cold climate…

Here ’tis anyway… the tree’s point of view and a closer look at the bark for this month.

Still LifeI’ve been continuing my Still Life studies and experiments. It’s been so good to have something to focus on (photographically) when it’s so ‘yuk’ outside.

I must say I really have to think about this – I’m used to natural settings but not really creating my own – so… it’s great having the challenge and as usual, I love the light.. and finding it!

Just a few randoms.. and there are plenty that don’t make it ๐Ÿ˜‰

InstagramStill enjoying Instagram – I can honestly say – I didn’t know I would.ย  It seems to be a condensed and abbreviated version of blogging.. Once again you’ll find me over there as @robynwashere ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly for this month’s behind the scenes – just a little find that I think is amazing!ย  A very tiny weed on the side of my driveway. I had to get the macro lens to ‘see’ it.ย  The flowers are only about 3 – 4mm (maybe 2/8 of an inch?) across.. Once again it was very windy day, but here’s what I found by looking closer… Even beauty in the weeds.

Well, it’s now October..

If you’re like me and the grey and cold weather is not your favourite time of year – try finding what is right in front of you – again, like me you might be surprised ๐Ÿ™‚

So… have a great one, wherever you are!

Finding beauty everyday..

Lately I’ve been reminding myself to look at the things in front of me (again) and to find the ‘beauty’ within them and within my circumstances, whatever they are on any given day.

Daffodil bud_RobynGosby 2016

I love the details (yes.. and being able to look closer) – winter has been very cold here again this year (today is a dark, cold, blustery rainy day) and it’s very easy to become insular and not notice the little or big things… I want to notice them both!

I love finding the magic (beauty) in every day! It’s important to me.

This winter I seem to have become quite random- in a hibernating kind of mood and disorganised… Urgh!ย  Aches and pains are worse through winter too and very distracting!

My doggies have kept me busy though and we have been outside with the ball – nearly every day, in rain or shineย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Winter’s nearly done now (officially the last day today).. and Spring is coming! I’m purposefully setting about to become organised again – feeling like I have a little more energy and am really looking forward to the freshness of Spring. We’ll still have cold for another month, here in the high country – but it’s a good time to paint (not walls – although maybe)… and spring clean!

I must say too – one of my joys and responsibilities this winter season has been raising a little orphan calf (and watching a couple of others) and he is doing very well. It’s always hard work and so rewarding!

Today I want to share some everyday images (all taken indoors this month) – the un-ordinary – things that I think are beautiful for different reasons.ย  It may be the light (it’s always the light!).. or the object itself.ย  It might be the way I saw it on the day – or it could be the day itself that makes everything look wonderful!

Well.. that’s it from me for this last day of August – I look forward to seeing what discoveries/challenges (big or small) September brings with it ๐Ÿ˜€

Let’s make it great!