As I’ve been mainly housebound in the last 11 months or so, I’ve been trying to think of a new B & W project to do indoors. My small studio apartment offers few options or subjects, so I return again to an old project – “Last light” – a personal project which I hadn’t thought to share online, but maybe this year is the one (to do so).
I’ve photographed this collection of old pharmacy bottles in a city arcade many times over the last 4 years.
It’s always a challenge that I enjoy. This display is in a small window box and has a mirrored back, mirrored sides & mirrored ceiling (of the box). The challenge is to photograph the bottles in a pleasing composition without your face/hands/camera showing in one of the mirrors.
It’s not as easy as it looks!
I shot in Monotone nearly all afternoon, yesterday.
There were 6-7 exceptions, and ultimately, I think I prefer the ‘Two Can‘ series in colour. I rarely shoot in B & W, preferring to have the choice of conversion in post processing when I can review the day’s shooting on the large 27″ screen, but forced myself to shoot in B & W yesterday using both my regular 18-200mm lens and my 50mm f1.4 lens.
Ultimately, I couldn’t decide which shot I liked best in this series. You can choose………..colour (in this post)…………OR, the B & W of the previous posts.
I do like the first shot in this post which had the temperature AND contrast increased slightly. I quite like the 3rd image in that the focus on the green can looks slightly sharper. I could play around tweaking the settings and exposure for hours in the Mac’s iPhoto editing software, as I like seeing how the mood changes within a scene with slight adjustments. But I haven’t the time or inclination to spend so much time sitting in front of a computer. I used to do it in 2010 & 2011 when I first bought a camera and took up Photography as a hobby, but my health, eyesight and lifestyle have changed a little and sitting for hours on end is not helpful when you have chronic back pain. (Note: the 3rd and 4th images have the shadow of a person walking past which reflected as dark shapes in the puddle of water.)