Yesterday I posted the two photos below of a rose (from my garden) on my Facebook page and asked everyone which version they preferred. The unanimous vote was the color version. I love that version too. Today, I thought I’d show you a behind the scenes (or pull back) of how I set up this image before I took the photos and applied the edits.
As a photographer who loves shooting still life photos (in addition to people and places), I am always curious to see how a shot was set up. I’m intrigued to know what props were used, where the photo was set-up and any other details that helped create the image. So here you go, a look behind my curtain……
One of my favorite places to take photos is out on our screened in porch. It has beautiful light and plenty of room for me to mess around with my set ups. Excuse the messy day bed….and that’s my dog Lulu who follows me around everywhere. What inspired me to take a photo of the rose in the first place was the throw rug I found earlier in the day at Ross. When I stumbled upon this rag rug, I knew I had to have it. Not for my feet but for photos. The texture is what drew me in as well as the neutral colors. I just thought it looked so cool.
The board is something I made last year with a little help from my friend. I bought bead board from Home Depot and my friend staple gunned it to a piece of plywood. We actually have the bead board stapled to the plywood face down because I liked the backside of the bead board better (wider planks). I then painted it white and gave it a distressed look by wiping dark paint on it with a rag. I wanted it to look weathered and worn (although I’m not sure what happened in that left-hand corner…I think something wet was left on it…oh well). And if you are wondering where the cool vase came from , well that was once a bottle of rum….one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
So there you have it….a look behind my rose photo shoot. BTW, I’m always on the look out for various goodies to use in my photos. If I come across a cute dish towel, vintage table cloth or pretty glass jar you can bet I’ll be picking it up.