Hydrangeas and Lemons is my most recent still life photographic compositions. While much effort goes into selecting and arranging the props that make up the composition my studio, a portion of my garage, is quite simple. A single LED light and possibly some white reflective cards illuminate the setting. Once all is arranged, I take several shots at different exposures which will be processed and blended in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Hydrangeas and Lemons
A vase of Hydrangea blooms sits on a rough-hewn board along with a metal bowl of lemons. A blue ceramic vase with a wooden spoon is placed to the right with a partially peeled lemon to the left.
A simple and straightforward composition whose strength lies with a few pure colors. The blue of the Hydrangea and pitcher, and the yellow of the lemons are, of course, primary colors. The green of the leaves is a secondary color arrived at by mixing the blue and yellow. The simple color palette keeps the eye engaged.
Most still life images are fraught with symbolism. Hydrangeas and Lemons has a few symbolic elements too. The peeled lemon, beetle, and the fallen blooms and leaves can be seen as time passing. The butterfly is a symbol of hope and a reminder of the fragility of life. The Hydrangea speaks to the brief nature of life and it’s luxuries.