This is a fast and easy technique. You love fall leaves, right? Well they tend to blow around. I found this leaf upside down on a picnic table and tried to hold it to catch the sun backlighting it… then tried to stick it between the two boards which didn’t work very well. So, I found pine needles to secure the base.. and then hid them so only the backlit leaf and its shadow showed.
Basic photo showing new table top!
I enjoy studio work as well as outdoor photography. When I started studying food photography a few years ago, I found other photographers used distressed wooden table tops. So, I started a quest to find my own. I tried vinyl rolls, wallpaper wooden look-alikes, flooring and more including the real thing. But nothing looked quite right and the real wood was too deteriorated.
Until this past weekend when I got the idea to look again. Went to my favorite DIY store, Home Depot, and told them as usual what I was trying to do. After the odd looks, a rep took me to a new display. Jackpot!!
Home Depot now has their own brand of Weathered Wall Boards… guess we are returning to the wood paneling of many years ago. These boards come in a light and dark color. They are real hardwood and measure 4″w x 1/4″ thick x 48″ long… perfect! The texture is perfect too. I just laid them side by side on my regular table and can easily set them back in the box when not using them.
Best of all… 8 boards come in a box for $25… a great deal compared to buying and storing a big table. This is the first picture with the new “table”… more to follow!