Photo #14: Small and Simple

Since the last few photos I’ve posted have been more along the abstract and artistic, I decided to go back to something a little more traditional.

It was after dark by the time I got around to photography, so I went looking for objects in the house to photograph. I was leaning towards a still life of some sort. I started out by photographing a little decorative essential oil diffuser. But the light in the room wasn’t great, and I wasn’t happy with the effects of the flash.

The I turned my attention to a little Egyptian perfume bottle that sits on my dresser. It’s glass, painted with gold details, and is very pretty. I thought it would make a good subject.

I didn’t want to use the flash on the bottle, because I knew it would reflect too much or wash out some of the details. (I don’t have a diffuser on my flash.) The problem is, there are only two places in the house with enough bright enough light to reveal small details without needing a flash, the bathroom or the kitchen. Neither are great locations for photography.

The last thing I want to do is take a picture in the bathroom, that looks like it was taken in the bathroom. But I needed the lighting to get the effect I wanted on the bottle. So I cleaned the counter, and placed a wood box on top of it, pushing it up against the wall. I sat the bottle on this and got close enough to crop out any other background details. Now the picture could have been taken anywhere in the house.

I took a few pictures, just trying to get the focus right. Sometimes, shooting close in with a small aperture, this can be a bit challenging.

Here’s my best shot.

Photo #14: Perfume Bottle

Photo #14: Perfume Bottle

Tech Details:
Equipment Used: Sony NEX-5R, 18-55mm standard lens.
Image: 1/160 sec exposure, f/4, ISO-400.


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