October 3, 2016

Photography, fall throws, and a centerpiece

This was the scene at my house... Saturday afternoon, and hubby was watching football on tv. I was left to my own devices. (woohoo!)

What did I do?  I took advantage of the time to do some photography practice as well as create yet another fall centerpiece. 

I love fall...and it is one of my most creative times, other than Christmas. (Watch, after Jan.1 my creativity takes a nose dive. ha.)

What can I say? I am on a roll since I went "basement diving" for my fall pumpkins. 

Let's put together a fall centerpiece. I began with a large wooden salad bowl. Give me a bowl and I can give you an arrangement! :-)

I made a circle of the garland and put it into the bottom of the bowl, letting the twigs stand up to make a border around the edge of the bowl. 

I saw this idea somewhere and thought I would give it a try. Hubby nodded in approval. ha ha.

Next I filled the bowl with a filler of this and that, topping it off with some small faux pumpkins. 

Let's do a photo shoot...

I used two different throws for background color and I will let you tell me which throw you like better.

One throw is a special winter white wool and mohair woven I purchased at a specialty store in Lexington, Ky years ago. The other is a jewel tone inexpensive mix of acrylic, nylon, and wool from our fun source TJ Maxx. 

Background colors reflect light differently. 

White is reflective while dark colors absorb the light. 

Scroll through the photos and note which throw you like better for this photo shoot.  

I used my Canon 70d...in landscape mode. I love that when I use the touch screen I can touch an object and the focus will be on just that spot, making the rest of the pic have a soft, blurred look. 

I love overhead shots and have been practicing since my tripod came home. 

I switched throws. Light to dark. 

Here is the bowl with the garland...You can see how I just made a circle and placed it into the bottom of the bowl. 

You can also see that the picture has taken on a darker, moody atmosphere with the dark throw. The light is coming in from one side...leaving the other side dark. Try this at home for some photography drama! 

I added a few real leaves to the mix. The fun thing about fall decorating is that you can mix and match lots of items. The arrangement does not have to be too perfect. 

I added some older pumpkins and filler to fill up the bowl.

I saved the matching faux pumpkins for the top of the bowl. Real would be much nicer, but I created this arrangement with what I had handy. 

Note the light and dark sides of this picture. 

I played with taking some artsy pics. When editing photos I slice off parts of a pic here and there to create an interesting perspective. Sometimes I crop off a bad part of a pic and create something more interesting. Always try that before you throw away a photo.

I set up my tripod (Manfrotto) to practice making overhead photos. I bought my tripod because it has a configuration/feature that lets me dangle my camera directly over an object. This is very handy for making "flat" style pics. "Flat" is another photography topic we will talk about one day. 

I love to take off-center pictures. A perfectly centered photo does not speak to me as much...though I do take centered photos. It just depends on what the theme of the photo is. 

Which throw makes the arrangement look better to you?  There is no right or wrong answer. Art / beauty is in the eye of the beholder! 

I bet you can guess which throw I like as the background. :-)

White or jewel tone? 

(my favorite...the dark throw, since I love drama. ha ha.)

Ok now...Grab your camera and play with light. Put a blanket, quilt, tablecloth, throw, etc on the floor in front of a window. Place something you like on it...and watch the light. Take some photos in the morning or afternoon depending on when the light is better. You want the light coming in at an angle. Just play. See what you like. Note...do not shoot photos toward the light for this practice session. 

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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