Charissa Lansing  

Autumn Treasures by Charissa Lansing

November 2020 - Autumn Treasures

About the Image(s)

My goal was to create a painterly effect in this image of seasonal finds. We’ve had an abundance of pinecones this fall which I’ve enjoyed collecting on morning walks. I added artificial acorns for pops of color and hoped to draw attention to the miniature lacquered pumpkin. It was great fun creating different arrangements.

My camera (Canon Rebel Xsi) settings with a 100 mm macro lens were: exposure 20 sec, f/16, ISO 100. This is another light painting attempt and required the use of a tripod, cable release, and flashlight (BYBLIGHT 800 lumens).

7 comments posted

Dick States   Dick States
Hi Charissa,
Another beautiful shot, you sure have an eye and talent to put together great arrangements. Great composition and lighting. The pumpkin makes perfect focal point for this arrangement and its location could not be better. I love the black background making this image very pleasant and appealing to the eye. Very sharp, there's nothing I would change. Great shot.   Posted: 11/05/2020 17:44:20

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa.
Wonderful presentation. Very sharp with so much detail right down to the parts of every pine cone. The straw basket adds to the attractiveness of your arrangement. Beautifully done.
Janet   Posted: 11/09/2020 09:09:48

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I am in awe! I agree with everything Dick and Janet say!

What is the background, by the way!   Posted: 11/14/2020 21:08:12

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thank you for your kind comments.

Sandra, the background was a piece of black foam board that was placed about 5 feet behind the arrangement.   Posted: 11/15/2020 17:20:15
Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thanks! I have one of those - but mine is more gray than black. I think I'll look for another one!
What then was the arrangement sitting on, if the foam board was 5 feet back?   Posted: 11/21/2020 18:32:37
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
I used a small table and put a piece of foam core on top, then set the basket on the foam core. The larger piece of black foam core was several feet behind the set up. When light painting the image in the dark, I was careful to avoid directing light on the board in the background and tried to only paint the lower rim of the basket to show that it was resting on a foundation rather than floating.

I think it would be worth experimenting with your gray board. I expect it would show up as a dark surface if it is at a distance from your subject and not reflective or illuminated. Hope this is of some help.

  Posted: 11/22/2020 11:23:07
Dick States   Dick States
This is good information. I feel it's important, if your background is black, to keep it back away from your subject and keep the light off the background. My background is a piece of black polyester (5'X 5') cloth on my wall about 7' from my subject.
  Posted: 11/22/2020 21:40:30


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