Happy Monday! We’re excited to introduce you to Brigitte Gathercole-Day. Born in South Africa, Brigitte has since moved to the UK where she now lives. Ever since she got her first DSLR, Brigitte has been in love with photography and the image you see above is just one of the many creations she’s made over the years.
1.) What can you tell us about this photo?
This was taken in my home in Nottingham UK. I have a little setup which I’m quite happy with now. It’s probably the smallest space you can imagine shooting anything! It’s great though, as it’s right by the French doors in my lounge which lets in awesome natural light.
I don’t have an amazing story to go with this image, only that I saw these gorgeous flowers on my way home from work one day and I said to my Hubby Ben…. “Oh wow, I HAVE to photograph these!” Actually, I do that quite often. I’m constantly looking at flowers, wondering what my next subject will be!
2.) What gear/software did you use to create this image?
My gear that I use at the moment is a Canon Rebel T6i and the lens I used for this particular image was my canon 100mm f2.8 lens. I also used a black backdrop with stand and black reflector. I had my camera on a tripod and I used a shutter release cable.
The only software I used was Bridge for a couple of tweaks with the contrast and Photoshop for unsharp mask tool. Unfortunately I don’t have vast knowledge of doing some awesome post techniques, so it’s really the bare minimum.
3.) What do you like to photograph?
I mainly photograph flowers in low key. There is just something in the feel and the mood in these types of photos that I just love. It’s macro photography all the way for me. I’ve never been so blown away with all the details you are able to capture. Ben bought this lens for me for Christmas not long after I bought myself a camera and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I was firstly inspired by Lindsay Adler and her beautiful style in photography with her light and shadows. It’s seeing her work that made me want to try low key photography. I’ve since discovered Tim Wallace and am amazed more and more. It’s his lighting, the mood of his images and his styling. He makes me want to shoot cars! I do love all types of photography and have shot a few different categories.