Dried pasta, lit from below and cropped heavily. The new lights were at the back, but most of the lights come from a speedlight below a piece of glass, with a sheet of photocopy paper to defuse the light. I played around in NIK for a while and tried inverting it, but I preferred this because it shows off the texture.
My image this week started off as the curtains in our bedroom at friend's, but I decided it was too ordinary, so I duplicated the layer 4 more times and rotated them. A few fiddles with the sliders and now it looks a bit like a tartan blanket. I tried some extreme B&W using levels adjustments and a few slider tweaks but it didn’t look right to me. I preferred the feeling of the slight softness, as it is bedroom curtains. Not that what an image starts off as has any relevance to what it finishes up as.
We were in the beautiful Abel Tasman area at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, at Marahau, for a friend's 70th birthday. There were quite a few of us so they rented the house next to their's for the overflow. This image is the view from our bedroom window, made on an iPad, rather than a "real" camera. The best camera in the world is the one you have with you but the one in the bag might make a better quality image! The weather was perfect and it was fun to meet old friends and make new ones. Zero birthdays are always an excuse for a good party.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.