Recently, I had the opportunity to do a baseball still life shoot. The concept was to do a nostalgic type still life using old gloves, balls, and bats while highlighting the Giants recent World Series victory.
|Giants Sweep! Old-timey still life (click to view larger)|
Since I had the shot perfectly composed in my mind, it really didn't take long to put together. I decided on using a small light to the side to accentuate the wonderful textures of the ball, gloves and bats. I added a rim light in the right rear to define the edges of the gloves and added a sepia layer over the newspaper in Photoshop. Total prep, shoot and post-processing time was less than three hours.
After the shoot, I still had all these wonderful old baseball props, so I took my Padres ball cap and tried a couple of other still lifes with a Padres angle to them.
I just love the textures on that old baseball, and ended up using a 105mm macro lens to capture a real close up of the textured surface of the ball.
Only 5 more months until the next season begins! (My wife says the exact same thing, but strangely with much less enthusiasm.)