Project update – Abandoned and worn

Project update – Abandoned and worn

Sorry but today’s post is brief. The candle has been lit at both ends this week getting a paper done and that took priority over everything else.

I missed sharing this image last week and I quite like the black background. Once this paper is dispatched, I should have time to get some lights set up to work inside and that will give me more flexibility (and air conditioning).

 

 

Project update – Abandoned and worn

Project update – Abandoned and worn

The work is at a point where I can start on the series of abstract macro images. The previous posts give an idea of what I’m looking at doing but I may get even closer. The only problem with that is minimum working distances get smaller and lighting is more tricky. The title image this week was very close up and will need more light when it comes to the final image. That light needs to be soft enough to reduce hard shadows but bright enough to allow a smaller aperture and get a sharper result.

The second series of images is proving to be more difficult. What I saw was each tool being held to add a human element. My hands lack the necessary character to complement the weathering and rust but they are what I have to work with so I have a couple of ideas to try out. First will be to get them pretty dirty, the second will involve an in camera double exposure. Sure, I could do two images and merge them in post. I may still go down that road if it leads to a better result.

 

Project update – Abandoned and worn

Project update – Abandoned and worn

These images are of another item I recovered when I was cleaning up. I found this old file on a window ledge where perhaps it had been misplaced years ago and left to the elements.

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Like the previous update, these images are just for reference right now, all I’m doing is placing the items on an outdoor table, using available light and noting what I want to revisit later. I still need to look at lighting to bring out the colour and texture. I’m also thinking about backgrounds that contrast or compliment the object.  Then there is composition. So far the focus is on macro but there is scope for other approaches.

As I spend time with these objects the engagement is taking place on two levels. There is the detached observation competing with the personal recollection of my father using these tools. Deciding how to incorporate that connection as part of the context of the final images is probably the greater challenge.