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Easter Abstracts With Tamron

Find out what subjects will make good abstract images this Easter.

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Easter eggs

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Easter is a great time of year to have a go at abstract photography in the home. In many houses there will be lots of opportunities for macro and abstract work with an easter theme. Here, we take a look at some interesting subjects and how best to photograph them. 

Easter Eggs

Nowadays one of the most exciting aspects of easter for children is the easter eggs. Chocolate galore is around at easter and if you look carefully at the shapes and patterns on the unwrapped eggs, there can be potential for some abstract imagery. 

When working with chocolate you need to make sure that the room isn't too warm and you don't place too much artificial light on the subject otherwise it will begin to melt. Breaking into the egg and photographing the curves and undulations of the chocolate can make for great macro images and by using natural window light you can experiment with placing the chocolate in such a way that shadows are used to your advantage to add to the texture and feel. Avoid using flash and a mini tripod may be handy if you need to move things around once you've set the shot up. 

Tamron's SP 90mm Macro lens will be ideal for this. Tamron lenses are available in the UK through Intro2020.

 

Foil wrappers

You've unwrapped some of the eggs, photographed the chocolate (and potentially eaten some, maybe...) but stop! Don't throw the foil wrappers away or scrunch them up too much. Brightly coloured foil can have many interesting textures and shapes that can make for interesting imagery. Positioning of the light source will have a big effect on how the foil looks as the surface is very reflective. So, precision will need to be used when lighting it from the window or using indoor lighting. 

If you still have eggs with the wrappers on of different sizes, photographing these as a group can be the basis for getting abstract photos, zooming in or cropping any bare space out to create an easter egg landscape of sorts. 

 

Food

Easter is traditionally a time for families to get together and eat, and with roasted lamb, hot cross buns and cute cakes all around, it's a great time to have a go at some food photography and think creatively about it. Freshly prepared food always looks best when photographed, so as soon as that lamb surrounded by vegetables leaves the oven, if you can, place it by the window and photograph it with good light before it gets carved up. Grilled hot cross buns with melting butter on top and iced cupcakes all make some interesting abstract subjects too. 

 

Flowers

As well as all the chocolate and food, easter is associated with flowers and new life, especially daffodils. So, if you have some daffodils in a vase, have a good look at them from all angles and determine which angle will make the best alternative, abstract image. It might be worth using a piece of cardboard or shooting against a plain wall to keep distractions to a minimum. If you have a macro mode, use it to keep the subject in focus but the surroundings blurred. 

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