Articles - Still Life

Glowing

Sunday, 5th January, 2014

Here is a still life image I shot back in 2008, but which I only published recently: This was from a series of wine glass images I captured.  At the time I only published one image, but I liked the drama and contrast in this different version of the same subject. The lighting setup was [ read more ]

Photographing Guitars is Difficult

Sunday, 14th July, 2013

Photographing guitars is difficult, as I discovered during a frustrating, but ultimately fruitful excercise in photographing one of my guitars today. Why are guitars difficult to photograph? Well, they make great subjects, and are rich with beautiful colours, patterns and details; but many of them are highly reflective, which makes lighting them, or capturing them [ read more ]

More Macro: Canna Colour

Saturday, 8th June, 2013

Today I attended a macro photography workshop and practical shooting session hosted by Timothy Poulton. After a morning disussing gear and techniques, we all headed out for lunch and a few drinks, followed by a shoot in the Royal Botanic Gardens, where we looked for insects and other interesting subjects to photograph. I am still [ read more ]

Macro Experimentation: Focus Stacking

Saturday, 1st June, 2013

It has been a while since I shot a macro image. Photo macrography is a form of photography which has traditionally frustrated me, because it is very challenging in terms of depth of field. My past efforts have produced images where focus is very selective, and with a 180mm macro lens at minimum focus distance, it [ read more ]

A Special Wine for a Special Time

Sunday, 2nd September, 2012

This afternoon I decided to shoot a still life image of a prized possession. This is the rare and much-coveted Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2008. This particular 'Special Bin' wine has only been released twice in Penfolds' history: the first vintage was 1966, and the second and current is the 2008 vintage, released [ read more ]