JT’s 12 Days with Personal Projects

A fine art photograph from personal projects of onions and garlic in their rustic state with lots of textures and soft light, with graphic overlay

12 Days of Christmas, Day 8

It’s New Year’s Eve and nearly time for your goals for the coming year to kick in. One of mine is to take on more personal projects, like this one I shot.

We took a trip down to Ludlow in Shropshire and one of the reasons was to buy some incredible produce. Ludlow has long been a favourite place to visit, with all the old architecture and food markets, it’s just a nice day out.

We were going to be creating a whole bunch of dishes for Salted Mint, that’s our food blog, and I’d been wanting to create something simple and rustic for a long time. The textures and natural look to the onions and garlic, all tied together was just what I wanted. I was after a real rustic farmhouse kind of feel.

A fine art photograph from personal projects of onions and garlic in their rustic state with lots of textures and soft light.

This was also a lighting exercise using a gridded strip box and a single Salted MintThe low-level light accentuates the textures and helps tell a story, which I then take advantage of in editing. I created a preset for this vintage, arty kind of look, which once applied, I tweak to suit the image.

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It’s so important for us to do personal projects, no matter what we spend our lives doing. After all, in regular working life, we call them hobbies. When you turn a hobby into a career, you still need a creative and enjoyable outlet.

That’s all for day 8 but do let me know, in the comments below, what personal projects or hobbies you’ll be taking on this coming year.

JT

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