It’s been raining for more than a week now. It’s June and it’s cold and rainy and depressing. Bad light for photography, so I just read about photography and work on the old stuff.
Sometimes inspiration comes when you are list expecting. So I take my camera and try to make it happen. Not all the time works, but practice is good for me.
Before the rain started, I had a really bad day. I felt down and disappointed and it felt so wrong. I am not this person, feeling sorry for myself or feeling down, so I took my camera and a bunch of cherries and went outside. Sunny day, around 10 am, so the light was getting strong. Not very good for direct sunlight on my food.
I was listening to this great song Unbreakable – Cristina Balan and I felt inspiration coming.
I took photos of cherries a lot and every year.
I used old metal baking tray, new metal baking tray or vintage cup.
From the cherries in a different bowl, cherries on the table, cherries in the tree or cake I wanted something else.
Some different props, location, something new.
In our shed, I found great light for that time of the day, wooden background, dirty windows a different mood.
So I looked around trying to find different angles and position of the cherries.
I found a plastic rope (a green – blueish color) which went great with the cherries. A plastic basket, a wooden bowl, a metal rusty scissor were more props helping me for this story.
Sometimes I am surprised by the ideas coming my way just being in a new place with interesting objects.
I used natural light with no reflector. I wanted to have strong shadows.
Another setting was on the grass under the trees. And while shooting I had a beautiful small surprise. Just to make my day better.
So I end this with something Ansel Adams said :
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”