Today’s photo-a-day i’m actually really proud of. Its quite a stunning photo, even if i do say so myself, but what i thought might be interesting is showing the process that led up to that photo. I actually had to take 44 photos to get that one. I’m not going to post all of them, just a few, and all behind the cut. The photos below have not been amended in any way, apart from resizing, they’ve not been sharpened, the contrast fiddled with, or any of the other tricks i sometimes employ. This is as they’ve come out of the camera. [the PAD shot doesn’t use any of these tricks either, just resizing and a little sharpening. Otherwise, its as it came from the camera, which is why i’m so pleased with it.]

I ran a bath for myself anyway...

I ran a bath for myself anyway... so i thought about floating something in the water or letting it sink to the bottom and taking a photograph through the water. I spotted a bowl of snail shells i keep in the bathroom and experimented with that floating in water, but as you can see, it didn't really work (i may return to this idea at some point though).

that obviously didnt work so i put the...

that obviously didn't work so i put the shell back in the bowl and tried snapping a photograph of that. I quite like this, and i think before the photo-a-day challenge that Sez set me on, I'd probably have been quite happy with this photo. But i knew i could do better. Remembering what Sez suggested about placing things on either black or white paper/material....

then i remembered...

That was what i tried next. Which works quite well. The light source here is from a bedside lamp, quite diffuse, but i had focusing problems. then i remembered...

the diffuse light from the lamp...

The LED torch we have, where the light comes from about twenty LED lights set into the torch. So i played around with that. Its out of focus, so not suitable, but you get the idea.

the light was in the wrong position..

I moved the light from the beside table onto the bed, but it was just a bit too close here.. so...

so i turned the shell around..

Moved it back, but now the shell is the wrong way round, and i thought i could do better. Then i had a brainwave. In the same bowl is a seashell i picked up when i visited a beach with Sez and her other half last year, which is longer, and would throw the shadows much better. So i grabbed that one, and tried that with the LED torch, resting on the bed, almost below the paper, just half peeking over the paper... and i got the shot i wanted. I knew it was the money shot as soon as i saw it on the camera screen, but i had to be sure, so...

then i had a brainwave...

Took this photo as well. This one is the same shot as the PAD one, but in the diffuse light of the bedside table. It gives quite a different feel, and the shadows aren't as stark. I prefer the PAD one, but some might prefer this. *shrugs*.

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