Posts Tagged ‘shop window’

Sometimes when you are out there shooting a subject comes along that is just plain hard to shoot. Shop windows tend to be difficult in general. There is usually a glare on top of the reflection, then the reflection, then what is in the foreground, the subject itself, and a background. Imagine being a camera lens with one or more focusing points trying to figure out what to focus on? I don’t know about you, but i only have one brain and it is hard enough to focus that. It is not unusual when trying to shoot shop windows to have to not only move the camera around to somewhat realign the focus centers, but also move your body to different positions and angles. Sometimes if you can remove one or two layers by doing this you can get a focus on what you want. Sometimes you can’t. The last time I was at ARTpool shooting the big storefront windows I had a great deal of trouble with focus. No matter what I did, the camera preferred to focus on the reflection, not the contents of the window. I finally decided to just go with it and see what happened later. While I prefer to remove color from my photos this one is all about that yellow popping off the blue, and to change this to grayscale would be a muddy mess. I like the moodiness…she looks almost like a ghost from the past. Not every photo taken under these conditions would work. You need a bold out of focus subject and a focused subject that doesn’t compete too terribly much with it. If you are shooting something you really love, and the focusing is off, try everything you know to do and if it doesn’t correct, try going with it. The results could surprise you.


I love the face on this mannaquin. She has lovely features and I think the feather hat sets off her look perfectly. The fringe earrings are the creation of Marina Williams of ARTpool Gallery. I particularly like the way the smaller side of the face is highlighted, although the window from the other side is blown out. I was surprised that the shot came out as it did, considering the camera had three completely different levels of light to meter. Got lucky. This girl will probably be featured in upcoming artwork.

An old jewelry holder turns eerily gothic under Topaz Labs “simplify” filter. I love how the filter kept the touch of dainty rose on the flower, while converting the rest into black and grey tones. “Simplify” removes details and smooths the pixels. Another good look for this photo was the “gritty” i used on the display i showed last week, the flapperish girl with the sculpted hairstyle. A program of plug ins (plus the standard filters that come with Photoshop Elements) can change your photos in amazing ways. Don’t be afraid to take a favorite photo and apply a bunch of filters to it. This photograph was taken at ARTpool Gallery, as usual, the wonderful vignettes are made possible by the magnificent styling of Marina Williams.

This vintage gal wearing a starfish reminds me of the 1920s. The original shot was much smoother and the red was more of a tomato color. I altered it with Topaz Labs filter “gritty 2” which changed the red to this burgundy and the creamier skin tones to a greytone/sepia look which i thought fitted the referenced time frame. I found her at the fabulous ARTpool Gallery in St. Pete on my last visit. Posting to the blog has slowed down reflecting my current activities of cleaning house, decluttering rooms and garage and working on the runway show at ARTpool in July. We have our photo shoot the last of June and all looks have to be complete for that. I ended up using drink umbrellas and party flowers for the accessories and silk flowers for the headpieces. Working primarily with a geisha inspired theme. It’s been a fun experience even though it is out of my customary box. Special thanks to my sister Linda and mom for all their support. Plus husband Bob of course.

Playing around with a mannaquin image shot at the marvelous ARTpool Gallery in St. Petersburg. I flattened the image by pushing the contrast, highlight and shadows to the ends of the scale, creating a less detailed surface. Then I applied the Lomo filter from Topaz Labs, making it look sepia, vintage and edgy all at once. I like the stuff in the background playing across the flat look of the profile, and the detail in the jewelry. This kind of altering, using filters and pushing the lighting levels takes only a few minutes and gives you many options for one good photograph.

Same mannaquin from yesterdays collage piece, only this time Marina Williams of  ARTpool Gallery gave her oversized heart shaped glasses and a polka dot hoodie to wear. I gave her some “simplification” and “solarization” filters in Elements and Topaz and her persona is a tad stronger, as is the visual. “Solarization” is not by any means one of my favorite filters but in this case it highlighted her eyes which are very pretty for a mannaquin.

Mixed media stitched collage featuring an original photograph, vintage dish towel, handmade collage stitched heart, embroidered fabric and some kind of weird vintage trim that is pleated vinyl. Along the left side is some commercial fabric and wool embroidery yarn. AFter stitching the whole thing was dunked into leftover morning coffee. I call this mannaquin “little girl lost” because that is what I always think when I see her and I’ve used her several times already in various pieces. I found her at the fabulous ARTpool Gallery, where Moi is having a show in September 2012 as the featured artist. Just found out that news on Friday.

I love love love this shot of a multi-tiered ruffled skirt that appeared on a mannaquin at ARTpool Gallery last month. The color of the skirt is a full blown red which did not interest me near as much as this image with the color removed. Often, black and white images are so much more intriguing than the original colored item. Sometimes the color of an object elicits such an initially strong emotional reaction that the beauty of the item is lost. Using a photo with these qualities makes a terrific study for drawing…just one ruffle would make a gorgeous rendering in your journal. Don’t overlook pictures with “nothing going for them” but texture because when these photos are turned to black and white in your photo editor they reveal their “true colors”. Have fun and don’t forget to practice your tonal drawings.

To get you into the mood for Valentine’s Day tomorrow we have a very red shop window photo from the window display by the talented Marina Williams of ARTpool Gallery. Bob and I had a quiet weekend because he is sick with the Creeping Crud and now I have it, so I guess it’ll be a quiet week as well. He mustered enough strength to attend the MUSE party at ARTpool on Saturday night and that was amazing. About 20 models had their bodies fully painted in all types of characters, including the good angel, the fallen angel and a parrot, a couple of skeletons and an awesome Maori inspired (to my eye) warrior. Quite a few of the models remained in character and it was great fun. We even got to see a burlesque act! ARTpool rules.

This mannaquin is set up in front of ARTpool Gallery in honor of approaching St. Valentine’s Day and the MUSE show on Saturday. I call this manny “little girl lost” because she is quite waifish and vulnerable looking. I love the mix of the black and white polka dot hoodie and the pink sunglasses. Normally I turn my manny photos to black and white but sometimes the colors drive the image. I  placed four mustachio’d lady portraits in the MUSE show that will run for the next three weeks, plus my wall space and cubby hole are chuck full of cool work, some of which sold last week.