Tea for Two

In addition to the 15mm fisheye I rented for the trip, I also opted to try out the Canon 24mm tilt shift. I’m hoping to use the shift functionality to build some panoramas of what I can only imagine are the amazing views to be had in Hawaii. As with the fisheye, I had to do a bit of experimentation before I left.

I’ve never really done any still life photography before, but I got home with these lenses and saw that this little tea set had placed itself just outside my office. I’d never seen it before, which is a little strange, but I was intrigued enough by it to take it out to my back steps for a few shots.

As it turns out, my wife’s grandmother had given this tea set to her in the hopes that I’d be able to photograph it. It belonged to my wife’s great-grandmother, and when her house burned down years and years ago, this was the only thing that was salvaged. Glad I could be a part of this bit of nostalgia, and I hope I’ve done this little gem justice.

Chris Nitz - August 2, 2011 - 7:20 am

Great way to test a new lens, and pay tribute to the storied past of the tea set. Fine job here, Heath!

Mathias - August 2, 2011 - 7:22 am

Only one test? Give us some more!

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - August 2, 2011 - 7:28 am

Fun shot, cool tones

Brian Matiash - August 2, 2011 - 7:33 am

Didn’t I tell you to hold back from over-tilting? 😛

Aside from that, I love the contrast in colors here. Very cute setup to the shot.

Chris Frailey - August 2, 2011 - 7:56 am

I agree with Brian that the foreground transition to the tea cups might be a bit extreme. It is always a learning process though. Have fun on your trip.

Dave DiCello - August 2, 2011 - 8:17 am

This looks just awesome man! Really cool shot, great antique tones!

Justin - August 2, 2011 - 8:21 am

Very cool composition.

Rick - August 2, 2011 - 9:11 am

I plan on renting that lens when I come up to Banff in hopes of capturing some nice panoramas. I like the composition.

Brian Furbush - August 2, 2011 - 9:12 am

Sweet shot – have to agree a tiny bit on the tilt, but that’s part of the fun and learning curve. Enjoy it on the trip sir!

A.Barlow - August 2, 2011 - 10:39 am

Nice shot man. I like the old paint. Nice color as well overall.

Rich Williams - August 2, 2011 - 1:07 pm

Nicely done, Heath. All that’s missing is a pack of chamomile or spearmint tea. =)

(Side note…and this is my own biased opinion…you should buy–not rent–a fisheye lens. =) )

Eden - August 3, 2011 - 5:28 am

Neat capture!

Jesse Pafundi - August 3, 2011 - 8:33 am

I actually love the amount of tilt here. Also the tones and subject matter are just classic. Such a cool shot.