Rememberance – Peony Still Life with old suitcase

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Peony Still Life with Old Suitcase. A floral still life with old canning jar, white peony flowers and a vintage suitcase. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
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This fine art photograph of beautiful white antique peony flowers in an old vintage canning jar on top of an old leather suitcase is available for Rights Managed Licensing for your next book cover or magazine editorial project via Arc Angel Images at – http://www.arcangel.com/search/preview/a-floral-still-life-with-old-canning-jar-white/0_00392964.html
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This image is a still life featuring an old vintage leather suitcase, fresh picked white peony flowers and an old Bell canning jar with beautiful soft side lighting like you might see in an old masters painting against a dark background.
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Available for Rights Managed Licensing via Arc Angel images #00392964
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Peony flowers are my all time favorite flowers to work with, they evoke such a classic look, to me they say Victorian age. Something about their full petals. We have several peonies planted on our property and recently moved and divided several plants. They are some of the longest lasting flowering shrubs or plants that you can purchase but they don’t like to be moved or divided so we might have to wait a couple of years before these ones come back to their full splendor. A couple years ago we visited a peony farm in Vermont where the owner admitted to a full on peony passion and the inability to control himself when it came to purchasing new and rare varieties. One plant on his farm cost him something like $4,000. While many of his offerings were common and sold for $20 to $50 some of the higher prices plants fetched upwards to $400 per cutting. Peonies – its a passion!

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Tips for Still Life Photographs

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Tips for Still Life Photographs

I have a passion for still lifes! They certainly are tougher then they look. Good ones look effortless. Some have suggested that they want them to look like they just happened rather than were carefully arranged.

This shot was a response after seeing the beautiful window light in one of Amy Weiss’s fantastic images.

I built this shot up with a fake background wall made of rough pine boards. The “table” is the back of an old clock. Then the wire basket with apples and the rustic plates with main apples in the front. The “hero” apples are placed in one of the golden intersections of the rule of thirds. The apples were place to reflect light in a certain way. Also I studied some old master’s paintings and noticed how much more interesting the bottom of the apple can be. Many of the paintings I checked out showed the bottom of the apple.

I think the little extra details like the dried leaves and the rough edges of the plates are what give something like this a bit of umph. Also the three largest apples form a triangle with move the viewers eye around in that bottom left region.

I used a studio light. Small softbox directly from the left. I blocked out some of the light towards the back to keep the background darker. Poster board on the right to bounce some fill light back in.

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