Made in Jersey.
This is not the shot I’d wanted to take today. I’d planned something related to yesterdays big sporting event, but after digging around in the garage I couldn’t find the prop I’d wanted to use. I was a tad annoyed, as I thought it would have made a great shot. But no matter, if I come across it, I can still do the shot later in the year – I have still got 362 photos left to take!
This shot is of my late Grandad’s letter opener. It’s not an heirloom, I seriously doubt its expensive, and to be honest, I’m not even sure he went to Jersey to buy it himself! Still, it currently sits in my pen holder on my desk and gets pulled out on the odd occasion when I have the patience to use it. I wanted to play with the focus today and I think I took about 60-odd shots before finally settling on this one. I knew I wanted the focus to be on either the 3 Lions or (what looks like) a fighting horse which sits just above. I couldn’t quite get the shot I wanted on the horse so ultimately went for this shot of the 3 Lions. Again, as it was a pretty simple shot, I decided to put it in Photoshop and play around with colour filters. I did also play with some plug-ins for Photoshop, some of which gave a really good effects – especially one with a film-noir effect, but I decided that if couldn’t do the effect myself, then I wasn’t going to use it. So I’ve gone for another B&W image for today and messed around with the contrast and brightness of the image to get the final effect. I’m reasonably happy with it. If I had more time I might have looked at keeping the colour of the 3 Lions (Red) while desaturating the rest of the image. That might be another for a rainy day though!
Had a few more ideas for some other shots in the upcoming days, and have started keeping a note of them. But don’t worry, none of the others involve the contents of my pen holder – yet! Even Photoshop won’t make a bic pen look interesting!
Again, thanks to those that have stuck with the post! Feel free to comment or even just say hi! Would love to hear from anyone else doing a similar project or just interested in the world of digital photography like I am!