Unlike another striped cat, Tigress loves Mondays. They mean she might dress up and pose for a Macro Mondays challenge, which for this week is “Queen”. What’s the point of being an action figure if you don’t get any action? Today she feels like royalty!
For her raiment, she’s chosen a crown with a stunning blue tiger’s eye stone. Because she’s a tiger, and she’s got a good eye for haute couture, which is this week’s FlickrFriday challenge.
This is another successful experiment in depth perception, and the use of a tablet for lighting and effects. I found a stock photo of London to display on the tablet, which is propped just two inches behind Tigress. The brightness of the tablet darkened her front, so I lit her with a full spectrum lamp. When I brightened the photo in Photoshop, the effect of the lamp made the background look like a bright sunlit day, and the bokeh makes it look like a realistic distance behind her.
When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.
For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.
I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.
Working with tiny paper cutouts is unexpectedly difficult. Paper fibers, clumsy fingers, and static keep moving them away from where you want them to be.
All paper is recycled from the photo Synecdoche Orange and Blue. I just happened to have a coyote hole punch that’s perfect for tiny silhouettes. The background is a fabric sample for a recliner. I really like that color.
Photographed for this week’s FlickrFriday and Macro Mondays challenges.
A despicable red pull-tab from a can of Cheerwine cherry soda. This was one of the most difficult things I’ve tried to photograph. The camera just didn’t want to focus on it in any light or background. I put it against a black background to make it look darker and redder and despicabler.
Photographed for this week’s Macro Mondays challenge, “Pareidolia” (seeing faces and other familiar shapes in unrelated things).