Amongst the great pleasures at Christmas time are the different lights – candles, twinkly fairy lights, the glow of an open fire. All creating that cosy festive feeling and mellow atmosphere. I wanted to capture some of this in a photograph, which can be a bit challenging in low winter light.
In the photograph below I was aiming to take advantage of what bit of daylight there was to create a warm glow from the wine and candle
So on a late Winter’s afternoon I gathered together my props –
Carafe and glass along with the wine
Clementines with leaves attached
Small wooden table
Match holder with matches
The light was already fading – time to get out the tripod as it was unlikely I could get an in focus shot holding the camera by hand.
I moved the table nearer to the window and rotated the props around until I was happy with the composition. My main focus was the glass and catching the light through the wine.
I shot through the branches of the Christmas tree looking to give the picture a bit more depth. The view in the background wasn’t great so I hoped to make some of it less prominent in post production.
Having taken a few shots I transferred them in to Lightroom. I brought the exposure down and added a vignette to focus more on the central props – candle, glass and fruit. The adjustment brush brought back light to the fruit and other areas needing a bit of a pop.
Things I would have done differently – not hidden the painting .. and taken more leaves off the fruit!