It’s that time of year that the glitter really flies around here! Kitties going on road trips, from my paintings, turned into glittery ornaments! Each is handmade-cut from clay, painted, and glittered by me. Choose your two cats to drive their glittery vehicles right on to your Christmas tree. =)
Oh, did you think I meant super tall and exotic cats? No, I meant Volvo Amazon cats! Being such a van of vintage Volvo’s, I realize it’s strange that it’s taken me so long to get around to making these ornaments. Don’t tell the VW lovers, but Volvo has always had my heart, since my first car, a ’69 144 that had 300k miles on it.
Anyhow, I’ve been getting requests for a few years for Mini and Volvo ornaments and yesterday seemed like a good day to start on some. Naturally I went for the Amazon first. My first “real” boyfriend, so many years ago, had a cream Amazon aptly named Cream Puff. I fell in love with that car! I’ve never owned an amazon, just the 144 and a few 240’s.
For Mother’s day, my Mom and I got a Yongnuo 560 III flash, some 603 receivers, an umbrella, and a stand. Never using an off-axis flash before, I realized I should test it out and see what we could do. This is just the basics-I wanted to see if I could get the black background during daylight hours, and a shot of Anna’s freckles and eyes-crisp. Now, I’m a total lover of natural light, but if I can use a flash to make images crisper, I’ll take it! I wing everything anyway so how bad could I do with a flash? =P
For this face shot, I knew with only one light source (the flash) I’d probably need to fill in some light on the right side of Anna’s face. We’ve got some makeshift reflectors in the Volvo’s trunk (white poster board, black poster board covered in aluminum foil) but I also still haven’t taken the snow tires out of the trunk. So I improvised and asked my Mother to hold the silver window reflector, you use in your car’s windshield, to reflect the light. While I absolutely love what that reflector did to her eyes, it didn’t reflect as much as I would have liked. Then again, true-to-life coloring on photos isn’t really my thing, so maybe I was over-analyzing the outcome. The shadow on the right of her nose just throws me off something fierce.
All-in-all I’m happy with the first real test shots with the flash and umbrella, and look forward to integrating it into our normal photo shoots!