I took some more still life photos this weekend. More of these turned out than the last time, but I’m still not thrilled with the results. I’m having two issues (maybe you feel there are more, please feel free to let me know, as I’d really like to improve my skills): lighting and depth of field. I’m taking these in the southwest corner of our house, which is not at all ideal for natural — when the sun is shining in, it is too harsh, when it isn’t it’s too dark. I have one light on the table, it can give some interesting effects, good and ill. Also, the Mamiya has a very shallow depth in close up, so I’m not getting as much in focus as I would like. Next time, I need to really crank up the f-stop (I didn’t write down my settings, but I’m sure I could have gone with a smaller aperture).
I do like the compositions, for the most part. And I also like the background set-up, which is a big piece of light green linen draped over some magazine holders. I think it provides just enough texture to be interesting but not overwhelming (I have plans to sew this linen into a dress, so I’d better start looking for something else!) The flowers were too tall for the set-up.
I’ll have more photos to post tomorrow. It was a film and developing intensive weekend.