Be Still Homework – Background Study
One of our recent assignments was to explore different backdrops for a particular still life. Since I have been dreaming about my garden, I chose to arrange the books and seed catalogs that I have been pouring over recently. I went for white as my first backdrop.
I rarely go vertical with my compositions but in some cases it can provide room for a quote. However, I was not excited about the white for this composition. So
I went black. I rather like the drama this gives to the image and feels more like the weather we have been having lately. Also added one of Kim’s textures to this, I think it was ‘magic0916’.
This horizontal crop was more to my liking, though I probably should have retouched out the squarish reflection in the cup. The things you see later!
Moving around to take pictures at different angles, I realized that shooting down allows the table top to be a backdrop.
My final backdrop try was a rough linen curtain. Not sure how I’m feeling about this one.
For my final image I cropped in tighter. I do like the intimate feel of this one.
This was a great exercise demonstrating how a backdrop, even one out of focus, can dramatically alter the mood of the overall image.
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