Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Still Life in the Rain

As soon as I have talked about early spring arriving and warm and sunny days, rain returned and messed everything up. But luckily it also provided me with unique photo opportunities.

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I took a couple of close-ups of the green leaves in the garden with small drops of rain that had settled on them.



Hanging out in the rain all day, wasn't that much fun, so I went back inside, and looked around for other still life to photograph. And since I was making a salad, I took some snaps of the ingredients.  


Since this is a mish-mash post, I will include a small tip here for food photography. When you want to have shots like the one above and below, look for a big natural light source. A window will do very good. The light source should come strongly from one side, while the other side can be left alone, or if you want it evenly lit, put up a piece of white paper on the opposite side. The paper will reflect the light source back to the food.




The last image is an example of a darker food shot (actually it's a ingredient, but the effect is the same). No back reflection, only a light source from the left side. For a black balsamic vinegar this is quite effective. 


I hope the weather is better where you are, and I also hope this we here will get rid of the rain soon, and get back to warm spring days. If nothing for having a chance to go out and shoot some new material outside of the house.

27 comments:

  1. thank you for the tips, i like when you give us tips, and 4 and 5 are just absolutely gorgeous. food ART... glad you had a rainy day that made you snap inside... macro is my favorite type of photography...

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  2. Food porn :p , amazing Mersad, you make things so beautiful with your talent. So bright and clear

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  3. Hmmm looks delicious, Mersad! Wonderful, colorful captures as always!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

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  4. I am grateful for the tips on photographing food. We have rain too but I wasn't going out anyway... smiles.

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  5. Today is going to be warm, yahoo!

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  6. love the rich green leaves with raindrops!

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  7. These are so calmly beautiful.

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  8. Amazing shots with water and the tomatoes looks yummy! Nice to see!
    Thanks 4 sharing in the tuesday-project.
    Happy Evening, Wieczora (◔‿◔)| My photoblog

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  9. Beautiful photos! I love the raindrop speckled leaves. And thanks for the tips on taking foodie photos.

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  10. Love your portraits of the rain falling on young leaves. These shots are symbols of spring. Thanks so much for your visit and comment on my blog today. Your salad looks delicious.

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  11. Nice shots, good tips!
    I love the raindrops in the first and second images and the one with the tomatoes under the water :-)
    See you
    Stefano

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  12. Very lovely captures. Love the raindrops in the leaves too.

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  13. Mersad, BEAUTIFUL photos. The photos are so clear. Thank you for the tips. I will try them. Also, what kind of camera did you use? Christa

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  14. HI Mersad great shots and tips. I particulary like the raindrops on the leaves.

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  15. What a perfect blog post title for such lovely images Mersad!!!

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  16. Thank you for the tips on using the white paper. I will be trying that soon.

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  17. Water drops really add life to flower and plant photos! Nice job!

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  18. The first two photos, with the raindrops on the leaves, are stunning. I read about using a large piece of white paper to reflect light back on the subject, but so far I have not done it. Maybe I should buy a piece of white paper and keep it in my car.

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  19. Hello Mersad...Welcome to Nature Notes...Your photos are so beautiful and I love the tips as I am not a good photographer. I do have a decent Canon Rebel, but it is so heavy to carry around if I am walking along the pond or in the woods so I have a smaller Lumix.

    I looked at some of your videos and Beni is so cute and reminds me of my daughter's little dog even though he is not a Maltese.

    We will be getting some rain this weekend but for now it is snowing and cold in NY state where I live. Coldest and most snowy winter here in decades... Hard on humans and wildlife.

    I hope to see you again and I will be back to look at more of your wonderful blog..Michelle from Nature Notes..

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  20. I really like the first image with the brilliant green leaves and raindrops and the nice background. As for our weather...it snowed again today.

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  21. Wundervolle Fotos hast du gemacht lieber Mersad, und bei dem Anblick von den Tomaten und Essig bekomme ich jetzt richtig Lust auf einen Salat^^

    Liebe Grüsse

    Nova

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  22. I don't mind rain for exactly that reason--some wonderful photo opportunities! Loving your shots.

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  23. Well, we had snow today. Spring is late.

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  24. Another interesting set.

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  25. Yes, what a unique and lovely opportunity you had to take some awesome shots of the rain on the leaves. Wonderful photos -lovely bokeh. Those tomatoes in the bowl look "good enough to eat" and I'll bet that's just what you did. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

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  26. I love your photos - very beautiful and artistic! Thanks for following my EAGAN DAILY PHOTO blog.
    Are you on Instagram?

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