There are just two images in my folder for yesterday.
I don’t apologise for that. They took more time to create tha twenty ordinary images. I also acknowledge that there is Photoshoppery at work here, and I most definitely do NOT than the traditional “straight out of the camera” shots. Photography means painting with light. Nothing more, nothing less. Where I assemble the sources of light from is entirely at my discretion. So there! (End of rant).
Both images were made in pursuit of the “once upon a time” theme in my camera club. The requirement was for an image staged so as to illustrate a well known story.
I had the cat ornament which was used in the “Owl and the Pussycat” yesterday, so this image illustrates the song “Memory” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” or, if you prefer, T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” on which the later musical was based. A fence was constructed with the aid of some strips of balsa wood and some super glue. I “borrowed” a “Cats” poster from the Internet and reduced it in size to be posters on the fence. I shot the cat in a darkened room on the fence against a black background. I used an iPad app as a light source, choosing 4000 degrees K as the nearest approximation to the colour temperature of moonlight. I then superimposed a shot of a moonrise I had taken across the valley earlier in the year.
Jack and the Beanstalk was the next image. Yes, that is a genuine live bean plant. The figures were from a competition last year. If you were reading back then, they were standing in or beside a dish of treacle. The background was shot from a flight we took last year from San Francisco to Denver. It took forever to mask the upper image to see through the gaps in the foliage. The little guys were not very good at staying where I put them either.
Now we are in another seasonal storm so who knows what, if anything I will get for tomorrow.
* from “Memory” by Andrew Lloyd Webber