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Photography: Surfaces And Backgrounds I Like

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I often receive a question from you, dear readers, asking what kind of surface or background I used in this or that photo. These questions led me to an idea that it could be fun to share the pictures of surfaces and backgrounds I like to use… so, here they are.

The first picture shows my probably most often used photo surface, a simple wooden table from Ikea that I bought many years ago. It actually moves with me wherever I move and it serves as my office or studio focal point. I love that little table.

 
 

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What I probably like best about it is its natural look and honey-like color. I like that color a lot and I think it makes the pictures look soft and cute.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I have used my good old table in many photo shoots – like here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Since I really love wood and I am a big fan of wooden paneled surfaces (even the header of my site tells this very clearly), I bought these wooden babies about a year ago (you can get them in any good home store, like Home Depot in the USA or Baumax in Europe; the good people there can even cut them for you in any size you want). My official plan was to fit them together at home and use them as one piece, but, for some reason, I did not find the time neither the nails to do that.

 
 

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Just lately it occurred to me that there’s actually no need to fit them together. I can easily place them on top of any surface (floor or table) and they will work just fine. And on top of that, they are much easier to store this way – as individual panels.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

And you know what? I really really really love using my wooden panels. You can find them in many of my pictures … like here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

As time went by and I got more and more inspired by darker backgrounds in photography, I decided to get something like that into my life too.

So I gathered up some dark-brown wooden exterior home paint, a brush and a protective plastic sheeting, …

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… I laid out my old planks …

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… and I did it. In other words, I applied three coats of color to one side of each of my wooden panels.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Oh, how I loved the result. A dream come true! Now my wooden panels can work as a bright and dark background too.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I have been happily testing my new dark background in the past few weeks and I’ve been utterly impressed by the results.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Ahhh, it really makes my heart sing to see something new after years and years of using bright surfaces mostly. Change is good!

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Love!

Oh, and this picture brings me to another area of photography that I wanted to mention – backgrounds.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

This picture shows how the previous photo was taken. A kind of ‘behind the scenes’. 🙂

Since the natural space in my shooting corner does not offer the neatest background options, in the past I spent hours and hours thinking and trying to figure out the right solution to that situation. Luckily, one happy day, as I was walking the endless isles of Ikea, a gorgeous idea struck me – what if I used a clothes rack for this purpose? It is an inexpensive and really perfect solution!!

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

So I brought one of Ikea’s clothes racks home and have been happily using it since then.

I have already used a large sheet of colored paper as a background.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

And I have also tried to use a dark fabric too.

 
 

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Here’s the result.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

When it comes to backgrounds and surfaces, I would really love to mention this simple solution, my good old buddy, the Lowel EGO Sweep.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

The sweep is a table-top background support stand and it comes with many colored paper backgrounds.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

I have used it many times … like here…

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

… or here.

 
 

surfaces and backgrounds in photography

Oh, and of course, then there are fabrics. They can be used as surfaces, backgrounds, props … anything. I love my fabrics. My collection comes from Ikea and the local fabric store. And as with any other props, there’s never enough, that I know for sure. We’ve definitely entered a little addictive area of my life here. 🙂

 
 

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I used some cute fabrics in my pictures here

 
 

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here

 
 

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… or here.

Well, thank you for letting me share my thoughts on surfaces and backgrounds I like.

Feel free to let us know about any ideas you have in the comment section of this post!

Wishing you a great day!

Love,
Petra

 

Flowers For You ♥

flowers in colorful vases on dark wood surface

I am just in the process of putting together a post about surfaces and backgrounds I like to use in my photography. As a part of that I have taken about seven zillion pictures of happy and colorful flowers. Pure joy!

I thought I could send you one of those pictures right now, tell you I love you and wish you a happy weekend too!

So, a happy weekend to you all! Love you!

Petra 🙂
 

New Crochet Pattern Shop on ZoomYummy

crochet pattern shop on zoomyummy.com

Hi, dear friends!

I hope you are doing fine!

Today, I am super-excited to announce that I have just recently opened a new shop here on my site! Yay!! It offers patterns for lots and lots of colorful crochet projects.

As many of you might know, to offer my patterns I have been using my Etsy store till now. Although Etsy is one gooorgeous place and I am still selling there too, I wanted to make the purchasing process more convenient for you, with less clicking, typing and more comfort along the way. And I really hope you’ll like it.

So, to check out my shop, just click the ‘My Pattern Shop’ title in the main menu of this site… and you can start looking around. And if you decide to purchase something, let me tell you this – it’s super easy! You just add the pattern/patterns to your cart, proceed to checkout, let me know your basic info and pay (currently payments via PayPal and VISA cards are available).

I really hope you like this new colorful and happy corner of my site. If you have any ideas about the shop or the whole shopping process, please let me know. I’ll be grateful for any feedback!!

Enjoy!

Love,
Petra

 

Mini Pavlovas With Cream Filling

mini pavlovas with cream recipe

Pavlovas – what a romantic way to name a dessert, isn’t it?

In fact, Pavlova, this beautiful and noble looking dessert is actually nothing else but meringue. Pure meringue, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, a kind of dessert which is super-simple to prepare.

Pavlovas can be made big or small. I went for the smaller, individual version this time and filled my meringue shells with wonderful, jam flavored whipped cream and delicious fresh fruit. Yum!

To make your own individual Pavlovas, just follow these simple step…
 

mini pavlovas ingredients

Here’s what you need.

 
 

mini pavlovas with cream recipe

1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

3. Whisk the egg whites with the salt until they’re holding firm peaks but are not stiff. Gently add in the sugar, spoonful after spoonful, still beating, until you have a bowl full of gleaming and satiny meringue. Sprinkle the cornflour, a few drops of vanilla and the vinegar on top and fold in to combine.

 
 

mini pavlovas with cream filling recipe

4. Spoon the meringue onto the lined baking sheets, creating 6 meringue circles per one sheet, using about 3 tablespoons of meringue mixture per one circle. Spread the circles to make them about 4 inches (10 cm) wide. Use the back of your teaspoon to make an indentation in the center of each circle to hold the cream and fruit later (it helps if the teaspoon has been dipped in water beforehand).

 
 

mini pavlovas with cream recipe

5. Put into the lower part of the oven, reduce the temperature to 300°F (150°C) and bake for 25 minutes (switch the baking sheets halfway through the baking process so that the meringue shells placed on the top baking sheet don’t get too brown). Turn the oven off and leave them in for about 35 minutes, then take out of the oven to cool.

 
 

mini pavlovas with cream filling recipe

6. In the meantime, you can prepare your fruit (cut it if necessary). You can also prepare the cream filling.

To prepare the cream filling, whip the cream until stiff. Then add the sour cream and the jam and mix to combine. Add powdered sugar to taste. Easy! And oh-so-good!

 
 

mini pavlovas with cream recipe

7. Fill the cooled meringue shells with the cream and and garnish with fruit. Finally dust with powdered sugar.

 
 

mini pavlovas with cream recipe

Enjoy, dear friends! This is really good!

Love,
Petra

(This recipe was inspired by Nigella Lawson‘s Mini Pavlovas. Makes: 12 Mini Pavlovas.)

 

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