Black Foam Core Projects

Tony Britton

EOS T7i
Dec 2, 2016
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Mikehit said:
A nice set there, Tony.
Coincidentally I have been photographing against a gloss black base and black board this weekend (for a local club competition) and it has got the creative thoughts going. It can be very effective as you have shown, especially if you can get the reflection right.
It sounds like you have a solid game plan for your upcoming competition. Best of luck to you! Yes, capturing nice reflections can present a bit of a challenge but it's certainly worth the extra effort. Many of my seashells have interesting textures that provide a wonderful playground for the interplay of light and shadow. I light them from an oblique angle to achieve an effect very much like viewing a first or third quarter moon photograph. The seashells appear to emerge from the blackness of outer space!

I love astronomy. Here's an aquarium photo of a jellyfish that I've titled "Inner Space Meets Outer Space." I think it has a real outer space feel about it! The particles floating within the tank appear very much like "stars." Hand-held, no cropping.

Inner Space Meets Outer Space
 

lion rock

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Jan 1, 2013
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Most of the shells I have, or seen, are bleached white. You have a wonderful collection, and photos match the shells, too.
-r
 

rpt

EOS 5D MK IV
Mar 7, 2012
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Lovely shots Tony.

The ones with the reflection - is that glass on top of the foam? Or is it a mirror?
 

Tony Britton

EOS T7i
Dec 2, 2016
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rpt said:
Lovely shots Tony.

The ones with the reflection - is that glass on top of the foam? Or is it a mirror?
The reflections result from the seashells being placed upon a mirror, then the mirror upon the foam core board. Most of these shells are quite small so a reasonably small mirror is fine. I bought a nice quality oval shaped mirror at a glass shop.

Tony
 

Tony Britton

EOS T7i
Dec 2, 2016
51
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tonybritton.smugmug.com
lion rock said:
Most of the shells I have, or seen, are bleached white. You have a wonderful collection, and photos match the shells, too.
-r
I have ones as you describe, as well. The really "showy and shiny" ones in the photos here have been polished, though not by me. I purchase these types of shells at a shop on a municipal wharf. They can also be purchased online from a variety of websites.

Tony
 

Mikehit

EOS 5D MK IV
Jul 28, 2015
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I like the first one. I wonder if a bit of fill from the left could define the edge a bit more - there is not enough shadow for the 'emerge from the darkness' effect so some rimlight may help (like on the 5th and 6th) .