alan frost photography

in monochrome with occasional colour lapses

Three vessels and a tulip

Three vessels and a tulip

This is the result of my third session making a still-life image.

Yesterday morning my wife and I visited The Curiosity Centre in Dorset. A large warehouse selling second hand furniture, collectables and what can only be termed as bric-a-brac. I was looking for some items which I thought would lend themselves to a still-life composition. I found three pewter vessels which I manged to buy for the princely sum of £10. I liked their simple design, rustic nature, patina and marks. I bought a bunch of tulips for my wife to enjoy but pinched one bloom for the photograph!

I spent a couple of hours in the afternoon creating a basic setup. Nothing elaborate. I used the natural light from a side window and a head torch. I changed the composition many times and tried different lenses and aperture settings until I had a selction I could download into Lightroom for further assesment.

My chosen image was processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro II. I like the square crop and the warm tone was added in LR to complete the workflow.

I find this genre of photography most appealing, so I will definitely be on the lookout for more items to help make suitable compositions. In the process I am sure my compositions and understanding of light will improve, as I refine my approach to still-life photography.

Do click on the image to view a larger version.

 

 

 

11 Responses to “Three vessels and a tulip”

  1. Vicki

    Very nice indeed. I like the surface that the pewter vessels are sitting on also. It really ‘grounds’ the items. The warm tone adds to the overall composition too. Makes you want to reach out and touch 🙂

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  2. crystalight2012

    I am really liking these still life images Alan and this one in particular!

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  3. David A Lockwood

    I like this very much, especially the way you have done the lighting.
    If all this makes you thirsty, you can always fill the large tankard with a good beer. Then use the bottle & tankard for your next image. ☺

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