Black Foam Core Projects

Discussion in 'Abstract, Still Life, Specialist and Macro' started by Tony Britton, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Hello,

    One of my favorite indoor "tabletop" photography projects involves interesting objects placed on black foam core board. These types of photos celebrate the wonderful interplay of light & shadow and seashells are favorite subjects of mine. This type of photography makes for excellent rainy day projects.

    I hope you'll find them interesting and enjoyable.

    Tony

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Superb lighting, Tony. Pity it never rains in Edinburgh, as I'd like to try that :rolleyes: I really love the second. Such a beautiful object.
     
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Lovely stuff again, Tony and the Sea Urchin is my favourite also.
     
  4. John Holland

    John Holland Well-Known Member

    Well done, Tony. I like the Nautilus shell the best
     
  5. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks, Rob. Yes, it really catches the light.

    Tony
     
  6. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks very much, Pete.

    Tony
     
  7. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks for commenting, John.

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  8. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    This next set includes a couple of "illuminated" shells. The light source coming from underneath the shell, of course.

    Tony

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  9. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Wow again. Good idea to have the light source underneath. These really work beautifully. I'm glad you found us, Tony, as your images are different from everyone else here. The more variety the better, I think.
     
  10. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Beautiful sets of images, I am seriously impressed!
     
  11. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks, Rob. Yes, very interesting and generally unseen detail emerges with these illuminated shots. As far as my images being different, I'm reminded of the classic line: I'm unique.....just like everyone else!

    Thanks for your interest in my photographs and especially for your kind compliments. And rest assured these compliments will not go to my head as humility is my greatest attribute. Come to think of it, nobody, and I mean nobody, is more humble than I am!:D:D:D

    Tony:)
     
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  12. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks for looking and commenting, Dave. It's fun to play with light!

    Tony
     
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  13. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    A truly gorgeous set, Tony. The internal lighting is very effective and, again, I love those Urchins.
     
  14. Mick Howe

    Mick Howe Member

    Truly brilliant set of images Tony, something I've wanted to try but after seeing these images I don't think I'll bother well done.
     
  15. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    I marble at the marbles, so to speak. I am so impressed by all of them and I find it hard to pick one from another. As well as I am impressed by the work, your ideas of putting it together and as mentioned, the results. I know "art" is a misused word, but I can't think of much else coming any closer. I am at my pad and I look forward to see it on my monitor. Just plain lovely. You are a master at lighting the items,
     
  16. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Yes, Pete, these objects accept light in many pleasing ways.

    Tony
     
  17. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    Thanks for commenting. Most anything looks great against the foam core board. I've always admired seashells and thought they'd photograph well in this case. Some of the textures are especially fun to light in order to create an interesting effect. The reflection shots do take a little practice!

    Tony
     
  18. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    You're very kind, Ivar. As I say in the introduction to this thread, a project like this is all about the celebration of light & shadow play. I couldn't be happier that you appreciate this set of images. My preference remains in photographing interesting seashells, but certain varieties of flowers also present well against the black background. I'll include a few in my next set so you can see the effect.

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  19. Tony Britton

    Tony Britton Active Member

    This set includes a few flowers, as well. Clearly, flowers are much easier subjects to practice with since they don't present the lighting challenges that a highly reflective polished seashell presents. No "hot spots" to contend with. I've included an illuminate starfish, as well.

    Tony

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  20. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    I say this is truly art in photography the way I see it and painting with light can't suit the subject any better anywhere else than right here. Wonderfully done. I won't even try to copy this even If I could. And I can't. You should consider exhibit them in a gallery.
     

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