It's not often I look at the post before mine and immediately know what I'm going to shoot. Heck, I've made it obvious that I often shoot first and ask later, so to speak. This time, with Jay'me's lovely pine cone, I knew exactly what my subject was to be - my 4 year-old sons Christmas art project from preschool. He is very proud of it and when I told him I would take pictures he immediately beamed. I love the simple exuberance children possess.
You may not be able to tell but this thing is LOADED with glitter. And glitter is like sand - it gets in everything. But I simply had to shoot it. I fell back on an old habit and used my macro lens. I actually did take photos of the entire piece but decided I liked this one the best:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
I set-up my makeshift tripod and used one of my 500 watt hot lights to really set-off the highlights from the glitter. I used manual focus to ensure correct focus and adjusted white balance and contrast post shoot. All in all it came together fairly easily. I do want to try it again sometime as I already know what I'd do differently. But that's always the case. Happy New Year! See you all in 2011! Be safe and have fun tomorrow night.