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“If they cannot have bread, let them have cake!”
― Marie Antoinette

Finally! Today’s subject has been something I’ve been meaning to photograph for a while. I’ve seen a lot of still life photography shots of Macaroons. No I’m not crazy! I can’t pinpoint exactly who inspired me to do them myself, but I think a lot of people are responsible. Usually the macaroons are much more brightly colored – the ones I happened across are a bit more of a pastel hue. But that’s fine – Macaroons are glorious regardless!

These particular ones cost £6.99 for seven. That’s right. Ridiculous pricing. Especially considering I am not actually going to eat them. They do come in a rather nice box though, but still, I can’t let that even begin to make up for the horrific pricing!

I then started getting a bit creative with a backdrop. Here I used a scarf (above) as the setting for the macaroons. But I decided I needed raindrops! Queue the awesome squirty bottle and a kitchen window. Oh and some recipe books to get the macaroons high enough for effect!

I also used a tea towel for the base, because cookery books weren’t exactly the best being dark & dusty and not promotional of good lighting! Oh and a tripod! This definitely required a tripod, I’m not even sure why since usually I manage without, but it was good to get used to it again!

You know, I actually thought these would be easy to shoot, but it’s just not the case. I think the pastel colours aren’t the same as the bold popular shots, and therefore the effect required was a bit of a washout. Even so, it was nice to spend 15 minutes working on photography and having sort of okay results!

 

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“Rainbows apologize for angry skies.”
― Sylvia Voirol

It’s funny how things pan out sometimes, the rainbow today was never going to be the object of my photos – mostly because I didn’t know it was going to be there, but rather I was going to try and put something together when I finished work this evening in the hopes that it would be enough. The rainbow arrived though, and instead – I shot that! Quite useful really. I changed one of the images into black and white – it’s the one you’ll see topping this blog as the panoramic. I was amazed at how surreal the rainbow looked. I sort of imagined it wouldn’t be there in black and white, because it was too weak. But no, there it was, a pale shaft of light piercing through the clouds. Even more surreal if you see the arch…

In an odd sort of way, I almost prefer it. If there was a band of light arching through the sky like this, I would find it strange of course – but there’s also an eery beauty about it. Odd! Anyway, I took a few shots of the rainbow but it was unfortunately quite weak. Here’s a colour version…

The skies were definitely angry though, in a stormy blue sort of way. The rainbow went some way to making up for it until the huge drops of rain hit. And then it just got very wet!

Did you know that when you’re looking at  a rainbow you see your own personal hues and strength? No rainbow is the same, to anybody. This is obviously because of the vantage point you have in conjunction with the light bouncing off of certain raindrops is completely different to someone standing a few cms to the left or right. We only ever all see the same rainbow when we look at a picture, like the one above. Amazing!

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