Still Life, Singing Bowl

Singing Bowl

This singing bowl originally belonged to my dear friend LJ. After LJ died, her mother gave me the bowl as a keepsake. I used a sheet of baking paper as the backdrop and I’m pleased with the warm intimate colour…

Flash photography & Luminar

I bought a Godox TT350 flash gun, the first flash I’ve owned for about 35 years. The technology has come on significantly, making flash photography easier. Through the lens flash metering means I can bounce flash all over the place…

Macro photography

4mm nuts & bolts

This week I bought a 7artisans 60mm macro lens. I’ve never owned a macro before, so there’s a bit of learning curve to come. Here’s one of my first macro photos, some 4mm nuts & bolts illuminated by two tiny…

Getting back into photography

I haven’t owned a camera for several years; I’ve been relying on my iPhone’s camera. A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to get back into photography and last week I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M10 III with 14-42mm…

Plaster of Paris with mica pigment

Candlesticks

I’ve been experimenting colouring my plaster of Paris candlesticks with mica pigment. That’s the stuff sold for making soap, cosmetics & candles. The results are very pleasing. I’m adding 5% pigment by dry weight to the plaster before adding plaster…

Another candlestick design

Candlestick

This is a shorter version of the candlestick I made a couple of weeks ago. The design is similar, a little shorter. I also noticed that, viewed head-on, the cup of the original design didn’t look attached to the stem,…