I’m still playing catch-up ball with some of the Photography 101 themes I missed last month.
Today’s make-up assignment is: Glass. We’re supposed to incorporate a form of glass into our photograph and experiment with light source and unconventional surfaces.
I write a wine blog, so I have literally hundreds of wine glasses that I could photograph. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Hundreds. But that seemed too predictable. Also, wine glasses are a huge PITA to photograph.
I was feeling a little frustrated with this theme (and making it waaaay more difficult than it needed to be), until my daughter suggested I use her sea glass collection. Eureka! Sea glass is inherently an unconventional surface, right?
As it turns out, photographing sea glass isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. You just dump a pile on the table and snap away, right? Nope. Sea glass is beautiful and unique, but it has kind of a dull texture when its dry. The pictures weren’t bad, they were just, well, dull. So, I returned the sea glass to its natural state . . . wet. And then I added an external fluorescent light to emphasize the tiny reflections in the glass.
My daughter and I have been collecting sea glass for years. Whenever we’re near the sea, she and I spend hours scanning the beach for little treasures of color. Her treasure is the glass; mine is the time we spend together collecting it.
ISO 2500 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/125sec
I still have four more make-up themes, so you haven’t seen the last of me yet!