Passing the bump in the road of my Big Project, I completed my reflective shoot last week. The basic technique for these shots is to surround the reflective object with as much white reflector board (like poster board, but not the shiny stuff) as possible in an attempt to block out reflections of any other object. Of course, the camera lens needs to poke in there somewhere and you must have an opening for light.
Since my mother has some very well-kept, hardly used stainless steel utensils, a place setting of that was a natural choice. I opted for the straight, on white catalog type shot. A little internet research helped with the arrangement.
Next, I decided to do a piece of jewelry. This watch was an excellent candidate. I wanted a reflection under the watch, so I shot it on polished wood. Problem: wood has texture. I’m still grappling with the respective merits of getting the watch all clean with no wood reflection or letting the reflected texture show because the wood is in the shot and it looks more realistic. For now, I just tried to downplay the reflection a bit hoping that will look realistic but not draw too much attention to the reflection.
Next Time: Textile
I remember the way I thought about time as a child. OK, vaguely, and I’m not that old, but it was different. When I was eight or younger, five minutes was a long time, not to mention an hour. And a year? Are we talking an eternity? I was aware of time: when I had to go to bed, when my father came home, and that kind of thing. However, I was much more free from time. I didn’t have responsibility and obligations. I didn’t have to make a schedule, nor did I have much of one to keep. My first watch did more to make me feel “grown up” than anything else.
But I grew up. Slowly, the hours and years got shorter. I had things to do and often felt like I didn’t have enough time to do them in, especially in college.
I think for most people, getting up on Monday morning becomes more difficult the highschool years. Unless you are a morning person, this is your friend:
The snooze button is actually the enemy.
Right now, time is both fast and slow for me. The minutes, hours, and days go by, but I’m still waiting on things to happen in my life. Waiting, and plotting to speed up the process.
Next Week: most likely, more fireworks