still life

Fin(e) Art Project

I'm currently shooting a series of surfboard fins for a UK distributor.  At this stage its mainly pack shots for brochures but we are looking to possibly produce a series of prints showing the beauty of the surfboard fin in all it's various incarnations.

I've made a large plywood box - painted white on the inside - as a kind of lightbox in order to provide backlighting to the fins.  A couple of Canon Speedlights have been double diffused by layers of white sailcloth kindly donated  by Dave at Dynamic Sails  while the fins themselves rest on a sheet of clear acrylic sheet. Additional variously diffused speedlights have been used to light from above.

These are the first few, shot to check the lighting setup and overall I'm pretty pleased with the results.  With possibly dozens to shoot in many varied colors and shapes I think they will make an interesting set in the same way as the recent Box Set and Boys Toys posts.  Additionally in due course we are looking to produce beautiful intricate designs from the fins as pieces of wall art.

If you go down to the woods today..

It's a rare thing for me to photograph much other than people but I took the opportunity to go down to the woods very briefly this morning to shoot some spring flowers as they are so glorious at the moment.

Rather than pick the plants I chose to shoot in-situ lit against an illuminated white background.  The results were not bad for a first attempt - I'm going to refine the setup a little before trying this again and I'll post a behind the scenes shot to show how it was achieved.  For the moment though here is the first of perhaps many - who knows.