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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

autumn gatherings



An invitation to
'gather, drop and place'
a few signs of the season
onto a
moodboard
was simply too much
to resist.


This moodboard was
really a joy
to create
from an ever-growing stash
of dried florals,
satisfying an inborn urge in me
to select, arrange, and compose
intuitively.
(I am a collector and organizer of things, after all)

I gathered 'stuff' casually
- over the course of a few days -
as I spied something on the ground
or 'on the vine,' almost dried
and fair game for picking
this time of year.


And while I had all this bounty
scattered about my studio,
I felt the urge
to set up
a still life
photo shoot.


*** 
One stem spoke to me
poignantly of life:
sadly fading, yet still
beautiful
graceful
s a c r e d



I needed
to draw that stem
to see
and
understand
how this
could
be.


Afterward
I wanted to draw
the simple beauty
of the five cherries
- one at a time - 
to see and capture
the uniqueness of
each one.

***

Notes:

CAMERA
Here's what I started with:

'gatherings'
on my
sewing table/desk
before Lillian marched through it

my moodboard set-up
in our garage:
I was hoping for some filtered afternoon light
but the wind forced me to close the garage door
and turn on the overhead light.
Canon EOS 6D
Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8 lens
Manual Mode
hand-held
ISO 3200
f/5.0 1/125 sec

 my still life setup:
same camera and lens
ISO 400
f/5.0 1/4 sec

Lillian temporarily occupied
with a wad of paper

LIGHTROOM

I cropped and did my own basic edits,
then applied Kim's Moodswing preset,
following her accompanying video
to get those rich, moody tones.

PHOTOSHOP
Simple editing,
the same for all three images.

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5 comments:

  1. Your mood board is beautiful, as is your still life image. I loved seeing your behind the scenes set-up (and Lillian). Your drawings are so delicate and beautiful.

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  2. Very lovely Cindy! I'm drawn to the three berries right in the middle of the mood board.

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  3. What a wonderful post Cindy!

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  4. Fantastic! I love them all. I especially love how you showed your set ups, too!

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