Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lemon Drop

I'm just messing about in the studio today, so I'm trying something I haven't done before. There's a setup shot here on my Flickr, if you're interested.

Now, that reminds me, it's five o'clock somewhere....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's Back!!!

The Good Stuff has returned! Now I can treat my cold properly!
(It's really really hard to photograph this, you just want to take the bottle and drink it!)

Foster Babies

We are fostering eight kittens right now, two greys from the barn, and six more (along with their mother) from Panora P.E.T.S. There are an orange (we call him Pumpkin), two orange and whites, and three tabbies. The mom has adopted our barnies, and all eight kitties are very well looked after. When they're big enough, they'll get fixed and be ready for new homes. If you're interested in adopting a kitten, or fostering, give the Panora people a call - they'd love to hear from you!

These little critters move so fast, it's hard to get a good picture unless they're asleep, but I'll try to post more if they let me!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More PLH Product Pics

I'm still working away in the studio, doing pictures of Prairieland Herbs products for their website. I'm having fun playing with these, especially with lighting - I have used small strobes, a big monoflash, cheap clamp-on worklights, and window light in various combinations. I modify the light using (mainly homebrew) reflectors, diffusers, flags, gels, etc., to achieve different effects. I try to get decent results in camera, and Photoshop as little as possible. Here's some of what I've been doing recently:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lip Gloss Product Shot

I've been doing more pictures for the Prairieland Herbs website. This time, their lip glosses. There products come in really attractive oval tubes, and I wanted to show them off, and give an idea of the colours available.

The colours are, clockwise from top: Shimmer, Bronze, Fuchsia, Berry, Coral, and Brick.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Soap Portrait

My latest job is to photograph a bar of soap for the Prairieland Herbs website. Without the box and label, it's a bit more challenging to make a bar of soap look interesting. Here's what I did:

And here's how I did it:

There are detailed notes on this picture on my Flickr page.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

First Snow

At least a month too early, I think.
Adel Courthouse this morning. Taken with my iPhone from the comfort of the coffee shop.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Herb Harvest

Maggie has been very busy harvesting herbs from the garden before the frost that those nice weathermen promised us for the end of the week.

These beauties will be distilled into hydrosols, and made into other wonderful Prairieland Herbs goodies.

Friday, October 2, 2009


I have just started a project - to make photographs of parrot feathers given to me by our good friends in the Iowa Parrot Rescue, in the hope that some will be made into notecards, which will be sold in aid of that wonderful organization and their beautiful birds.

...and this is just the beginning!