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Photo of the Week 17

Photo of the Week 17
This week's "Photo of the Week" feature is this unique and lovely photograph of an arrangement of some Christmas decorations.  This kind of still life work is common for holiday themed photography.  This was our take on some of the traditional Christmas decorations.

Another photo out of our Christmas cover art photo shoot series, this photograph was an attempt to do something different than a traditional Nativity scene just in case that was something that the client was interested in instead.

Compiling a still life photograph like this is a complex matter of assembling props together and finding out what works and what doesn't work.  This is something that requires lots of trial and error.  Some things may work together but may end up being too much for the scene.  There is no magic formula to finding the perfect balance of what to include and what to not include in a picture.

The original items I had left  a serious lack of balance on the bottom right hand side.  Finding an impromptu prop to fill that void in the frame was a lucky find since many of my props on hand were not the right size for that hole.  It was fortunate that we had this ball ornament to work with.

Once I had my basic elements assembled together, I had to get the lighting set up.  This shot was tricky as I needed some shadows but not a lot of them.  I had to make sure that my remote strobe units were perfectly spaced in order to get the proper balance of light and shadow that this shot required.  There was a lot of adjusting which took place.

Once I got things dialed in and positioned straight in the frame, I noticed that I could add one final touch to take things up a notch.  I pulled out my star filter and directed the rays as I wanted.  This added that extra special quality that I was looking for and completed the lovely scene I was creating.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality fine art photograph of a Christmas wreath, candle, and ornament in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho