Setting Up the Citrus Gnome Scene | Transcription

For the next shot we have a really cute concept idea and it’s not really related to anything regarding the parents’ personalities, it’s just an idea that we had. We actually got the idea when we were on a beautiful photo props and we saw this orange gnome hat. We kind of had this concept of a little baby gnome that’s planted in this citrus field. So we’re calling it the Citrus Gnome shot. What we envisioned is basically to have Ellie fast asleep in our basket, she’s wearing our candy corn gnome hat while being surrounded by oranges.

To set up for this shot we’re going to use the same elevated table surface because we want to be on a propped up surface, otherwise we’re going to have a really hard time getting the angle and the shots that we want. So we’re going to use the same dining table set up in front of our three windows. Once again we have our Backdrop Stand behind the table and we’re still going to use the wooden paper background, as it’s kind of very fitting in color and also in the look to our wicker basket and overall citrus gnome theme.

Now, the background’s going to be hanging straight down behind the table and we really don’t have to do anything to kind of tuck it in or make it seamless because the concept here is to have the oranges basically be the entire foreground framing element. So it’s going to block the base of that backdrop where it meets the table.

As far as our overall color scheme, I’m envisioning this shot to have a very warm, kind of tone to it with orange being our base color and yellow kind of being our primary accent color in what will be an analogous color scheme. Since it would be hard to place and kind of balance oranges on a smooth table, I have a little piece of tan canvas weave that I just keep in my set. It’s one of the pieces that I have in my set and I’m going to be using that as our base. It’s going to basically help me in placing the oranges and it will also work as kind of a base in the shot in case I don’t have enough oranges to basically completely cover the foreground table.

Now the trick here is going to be propping up and stabilizing our wicker basket. So to start, I fold up our pink blanket, which we’re going to use as basically a backing to stabilize the basket. We use two of our 10 pound ankle weights to support the basket and basically keep the basket from shifting on the backside. Next, we cover the blanket with our canvas, so that way we don’t have any pink showing through from underneath if there’s any gaps in the oranges. We use another wonderfully handy 10 pound ankle weight to weigh down the wicker basket, itself. With the blanket and the weights supporting the basket from the back and with the ankle weight inside of the basket, the basket, at this point, is quite secure. It’s not going to be moving around, so we’re ready to start placing our oranges.

Now for this shot I bought two bags of oranges and two bags of Mandarin oranges from Costco for this specific scene, so as long as we eat them all afterwards, I’m not going to count them toward the overall cost of this scene set up. I start with my two bags of oranges on the table and with a few on each side, I just want to see, basically, how this scene is shaping up. At this point on my 50mm lens, I take a quick test shot at one-two hundredth of a second at F2 and ISO 200 and this is what we get here in this image.

Now, we’re off to a good start but I need to do two things. First, I’m going to cover up our weight with our fur. Wrapping the fur around the ankle weight kind of creating a nice, little base. Second, I’ve organized the big oranges onto each side of the basket, but I need a lot more as you can see here in this image. We break open our Mandarin oranges as well and we use those to fill in the front area. I feel like with the two different size of oranges, it’s kind of nice because it breaks up the consistency of the shapes in the scene. It’s not as boring to me.

Now for this shot, I want to add a little bit more depth of field, so I raise my aperture to F4 and to compensate, I lower my shutter to 1/100h of a second and then raise my ISO to ISO 400. With those settings and with our oranges organized, here is what we have.