I won’t lie, the recent snow fall has me a bit bummed, let alone chilly. I had gotten so used to the warmer weather that I about forgot it was still winter. With the flop of temperature I’ve been somewhat longing for summer time to arrive and have been gazing over to my summer wear the last few days in hopes it would warm things up a bit. So to somewhat express my mood I decided to shoot some of my summer shades to add to my simplistic approach on fine art.
These are just cheap simple sunglasses I got at a concert last summer, but have enjoyed wearing them with the rest of my beach attire. I have a few different colors but mostly prefer the bright orange version to add a bold splash of color during hot summer days.
Believe it or not I did not use my trusty light box here, but instead opted for just the lights and white poster paper. In order to get the forward casting shadows, I had to forgo the box and go with a much simpler approach. Alls I did was lay the white paper out on the table, with the back end slopping up onto my camera bag. I clamped both lights to the casing of my bag and had each shine towards the back of the shades. Thats it! Super simple, then I worked a couple different angles to see which I liked best. I like to shoot in aperture priority and bracket a either a half stop, sometimes a full stop, above and below regular exposure just to have various options to choose from when bringing it into lightroom.
I really liked this straight on view shot from above slightly because the way the frames land in behind the glass. Its almost an illusion of bug eyed pupils looking through the glass giving it almost a comedic feeling. Either way I can’t wait for summer to arrive so I can wear these guys out to the beach again!