Just after I had photographed the corn featured in last week's blog, I went into the raised bed again to see what other kind of corn cobs were ready for their close-ups, and found some absolute jewels. Nature contains the most incredible color and design combinations. Needless to say, I spent another eight hours or so over a period of three days photographing what some call "Indian corn" or native corn.
Because of the variation in colors, I worked with a number of different backdrops, including grass, stone, and adobe, as well as different fabrics. My goal in the image below was to complement the pastel kernels. I used both off-white and tan fabrics in addition to the worn blue jeans show here. The end result wasn't precisely what I thought it would be, but I don't work with pastels often so it was a good experiment.
The next shots were made outside, on an adobe wall, on flagstone, and in dried grass. The late afternoon and lower autumnal light accentuated the vibrant colors. Thanks to Donna Coates of Austin, Texas, for creating the beautiful basket in which in the corn sits.
The final shot was made on a flat cotton fabric with a small amount of fill light provided by a Flashpoint on-camera light panel. The reds of the corn are like rubies.
If you are in the Taos area this weekend, stop by for the Taos Fall Arts Festival and The Paseo street art events. The festivities begin on Friday evening at 5:00 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church gymnasium, the Stables Gallery, and along the main street - Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
until next Monday,
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