Photographs by Frank

24 February 2019

Old Shells

Filed under: Still Life — Frank @ 12:59 PM

We have a basket containing artifacts brought back from Hawaii in the late 1800’s by some of Joan’s ancestors who were missionaries there. Among the contents of the basket are a number of large (4-6 inch) shells. A few of these made good subjects on a cold gray February afternoon.

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Hawaii Shell #1
Hawaii Shell #1
Hawaii Shell #2
Hawaii Shell #2
Hawaii Shell #3
Hawaii Shell #3
Hawaii Shell #4
Hawaii Shell #4
Hawaii Shell #5
Hawaii Shell #5
Hawaii Shell #6
Hawaii Shell #6

Beware… photography talk head! I made these photographs using a single light source (at camera left) and a reflector (either a piece of white cardboard or a piece of cardboard covered with wrinkled aluminum foil… nothing fancy) to fill the shadows. The background was a piece of black seamless. However, in the end, I replaced the background with uniform black in PhotoShop. It is hard to keep light from spilling on to the background with a small tabletop “studio”. Thus the original background was various shades of gray and speckled with dust. Not the look I wanted.

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