I generally don’t like to set up shots (I like the “found” images I can, well, find), but when I saw bags of small gourds in the-store-that-shall-not-be-named this past fall, I couldn’t help but see the potential.
So many colors! So many textures!
I let them stew in the back of my mind, trying to come up with the best arrangement.
I knew I wanted to use the sun as lighting. Naturally, as soon as I decided that, it was overcast for a week!
Then came a day in November – the clouds cleared, the sun shone, it wasn’t freezing!
I used huge leaves off my again-unsuccessful broccoli as a backdrop, laying them down like a blanket over some tall grass in a nest-like bowl.
I tried several arrangements and focus points, but nothing really seemed to click (no pun intended). I even shot individual glamor shots of the gourds, seeing if I could capture what I felt.
Oddly enough, it was during these single shots I “found” the shot I was looking for – the way I’d piled the gourds when moving them!
So, with all the effort to make a shot, I found one anyway!