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INSPIRATIONS & ASSIGNMENTS: Abstracts-The Kitchen Table

Last week I was sitting at the kitchen table reformatting a bunch of data cards in the camera.

Cards all cleaned up…cool, now it’s time to play.

It was far too hot and humid to go outside and way cooler and easier to play inside.I sat there looking around for something to photograph. Right in front of me was a hand-blown pale green vase with a milky white and red candle inside.

Most of the light on the vase and candle was from an overhead incandescent light. And natural sidelight was coming in through the double sliding glass doors. With these two light sources, the bubbles in the glass were clearly visible.

I decided to use my Nikon 18-135 mm lens and set the camera to manual. The camera and tripod were setup about 18 inches away from the vase, so I could eliminate anything in the background and distort colors and shapes. I used many different combinations of white balance settings, exposure and flash, just to see what would happen.

I played around for about an hour and got some pretty cool shots. One of my favorites is featured in this post.

This photo was taken with the camera white balance set to sunny, ISO set to 400, shutter speed was 1/5 second, aperture at f5.6, the lens was zoomed to 90mm and no flash was used.

  1. August 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Nice photo 🙂

    • August 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

      Thanks!! It was fun playing around.

  2. September 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I love the colors and the texture of the glass, it’s a beautiful picture!

    • September 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks…it was fun playing around with different exposures, lighting and white balance. Some settings turned the colors of the candle to a silver and purple and the glass took on a metallic look.

  3. September 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I loved this one so much, standing so creative. How nice to get magical results, I love photography so much. Thank you David Heilman, it is so nice to watch your photographs. With my love, nia

  4. September 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Nia, glad you liked this one. It was a lot of fun to play.

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