I like to create scenes and I like to take pictures of objects. I find it really relaxing since nothing moves (usually) and I have to time think through what I want to really create. Today was a day where I had some time to get creative and I felt inspired by a new record cover I recently got. I love the soft colors and the vintage vibe. But what was I going to do with it?
I started by just laying it down and shooting it from above. I pulled the actual record out a bit just so it was obvious what this cover was.
Honestly, I didn’t think that was too exciting. I thought maybe by adding something that it could be better. I grabbed a gold bottle brush tree that I had on my fireplace. Among other things, it was too tall really for the record. I tried it standing up and laying down… nothing seemed to work out right.
I have this old vintage paint my number winter scene so I decided to try to put in front of it and try to make the tree part of the scene…. total fail! Even though it wasn’t what I was thinking for this project I still save it. Sometimes when you look at an image on your larger screen you see it differently. There have been plenty of times the image I thought was trash turns out to be my favorite.
But I liked the tree…. I had two pieces of white posterboard and decided to do a hi-key “winter” look. At first I just had this little gold tree against the white. I liked it. It was kind of quirky.
Then I started to add stuff to it… like fruit! I liked the scale of the fruit and it’s texture.
I liked the fruit too…but still I felt like it could be better. I ended up changing out the fruit and tried some greenery and a bell…AND had the crazy idea of making it snow. I looked around my house and decided that using confectionery sugar was best..haha…it was good but messy. This is when it would have been helpful to have an extra set of hands, or a tripod and camera shutter trigger. But because I didn’t have any of that I just threw handfuls of it! Messy isn’t even a good word for the result.
In the end the image I created had nothing to do with a record. And that’s ok. I like to let inspiration take the lead and if something else better pops into your brain go with it. You might just surprise yourself. Don’t forget to just play and get in even closer to capture interesting elements of your scene or try variations of your set up.
And in case you think you don’t have a pretty spot to take pictures….
I just realized my pull back it out of focus… opps. But you get the idea. These were taken in a small corner of my office with soft eastern light pouring in the windows. i used an Zeiss Batis 85 1.8 lens.