Securing a Fall Leaf

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.

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Wooden Table Top

Basic photo showing new table top!

_MG_0188I 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!