Do you ever have one of those days where you have a very long list that reads, “what needs to get done TODAY” and instead you carefully push it aside and do something completely opposite? If you just answered no, please feel free not to read any of the text in this blog and just look at the pictures. If yes, then you will know exactly how I feel and you understand why I decided that taking pictures of Tulips was a way better idea then my to do list.
I had just finished a fabulous sleepover with my Saturday Girls aka Msquared aka Mac and Masy. We watched some TV, surfed some internet, ate some Yogurt Beach, played “draw something”, and made it through a whole night without any fights, tears, or trauma. Success! Expect for the fact that I didn’t get much sleep. You are only young once right? Right? So, driving home I was thinking about that so called list and basically crumpled it up and tossed it out the window (don’t worry I didn’t really litter, I was just daydreaming this all up while focusing on the road). A few days prior, Dan and I had seen this shot of tulips that I wanted to try and recreate. I remembered how I had a bunch of tulips at home and quickly (at a stoplight) I texted Dan that I would not be joining him in the “I get all my work done at the library and I am amazing and brilliant and smart” group, but will be joining the “I am slacking off but calling it being creative” group instead. He sent me back a smiling face text which basically means “phew, it will be much quieter here without her chatting mouth”. Don’t worry, I was not offended by any means because I for one know that I have a problem being in a building that is dedicated to being quite. First step is recognizing your problem.
I got home and began my ‘creative slacking off’.
The items I used to create this shoot where:
* Boom Stand
* Black Studio Paper
* 1 sb600 speed light with stand and umbrella
* one light stand with one hair claw
* one scrim
* 3 sets of tulips
* one spray bottle (filled with water)
* a whole bunch of glitter (my favorite)
* one Nikon magazine used as a mini scrim
* macro lens with wireless remote
After collecting all of the items listed above, I began to step up my little studio. I used the boom stand that normally would hold up my scrim as a paper stand.
It worked beautifully, until I realized I had nothing to hold up my scrim. I felt slightly miffed on that one. But, every woman who has ever had long hair owns a hair claw. I used that sucker to hold up the scrim. Genius. I know.
Above is the final set up shot. I placed the books there for two reasons. 1. To mold the paper for it is real thick and I needed it to stay still and 2. To test the light. Therefore the book shot was one of my many test shots before diving into the tulips.
After doing some plain ol’ water bead shoots, I dug out my glitter and not only made the tulips sparkle I also proceed to make my home sparkle.
A simple slideshow showing the sequence of a Tulip going bare to glitter.
I hope you have enjoyed my impromptu lazy Sunday project. I know I did. Dan said that I should buy one of those machines that when you step inside it blows money all around you, but instead of money I should fill it with glitter. Reason 452 on why I love him.