Colored Lights

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2. White poster board as base

3. Hold Grater or other subject in place

4. 2 penlights with blue and green colored gels

5. Canon 5D Mark II with 24-70mm lens (50mm)

6. 6 seconds @ f/14 focused on grater – 2 second timer set

7. Secured blue light on top of vase for shadow

8. Swept the green light around sides and back during exposure

Tulip Painting

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Main elements – Studio shot of artificial flowers with white tulle over my Lensbaby Velvet lens. Topaz Impression Oil Painting II Jim LaSala and 2LO Artist 81 texture BW in Soft Light blend mode 76%.

Winter Flower Photos

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This time of year can be challenging for those of us who love lush gardens and lots of beautiful color. I decided to see what I could do with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 on my Canon 5D Mark II indoors.

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The flowers are artificial held by a plamp. The softness was created by wrapping light pink tulle around the lens leaving just the very middle clear.  ISO 200 f/8 @ .6 seconds.  I set the 2 second timer and then swooshed a colorful scarf behind the flowers while the shutter was open. (otherwise it was a plain neutral wall)  I used one Alien Bees light with softbox as my light, but did not trigger the flash.

After bringing into Photoshop, I added a French Kiss texture called Tea Bag.  I made the texture black and white and used a Soft Light blend mode. Then I reduced the effect on the flowers by using a layer mask and painting light grey to reduce some of the effect.

I found the frame in a Google Images search.

Background Study

 

I was setting up a wine, grapes and cheese shot and trying different backgrounds.  Thought some of you might find it interesting that with the same setup and lights, what a big difference white and black backgrounds make!  You can try this in your house with natural light too.

By using plain backgrounds, you can more easily change them out later or add textures with blend modes.