Five Minutes with Succulents and Felt

I have become quite addicted to Etsy, mainly to feed my planner habit (see Instagram @desleyjane_plans). I am always on the lookout for props for my flatlay shots that I do for product photography. I like things like marble, succulents (Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery), gold, pink, and anything fun and colourful.

So for this week’s RegularRandom I wanted to use this fabulous placemat I recently purchased from The Felting Dorcas on Etsy. Cherylyn makes gorgeous things from these little poms. I call them poms, as in pom poms. They’re gorgeous – I got this little placemat, a garland for my bedroom and some loose poms for styling in flatlays (in my signature shades pink of course!).

Before I show you the photos, let’s recap on what the RegularRandom challenge is! Take an object or a scene and shoot it for 5 minutes. Try not to move the object, instead move yourself! This challenge teaches us about composition, about the field of view and about the depth of field as well. Think about these questions:

  • how close can you get?
  • are you able to get that lovely out of focus background by using a wide aperture?
  • can you focus on a single part or the scene or object as well as the whole thing?
  • what textures can you see?
  • can you get under or above the object? (*hint – object placement before you start shooting is  quite important here)
  • take a leaf from Su Leslie‘s #regularrandom post and try editing your photos in different ways to try to focus on particular aspects.
  • or come up with a very clever way of interacting without interacting as Karen from Pics by Kaz did last week

Note that posting instructions are at the bottom of this post.

To go with the softness of the mat, I wanted a contrasting texture, so I chose this wonderful little succulent with pink flowers and very sharp spikes!

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Let the 5 minutes begin!

So, confession time, I had to take two more minutes to get this next batch – the light was low and I was struggling to hold my camera steady while bending over. But I really wanted a very soft focus felt mat in the background. Should have used the tripod!!!

Please join us – tag your post #regularrandom and link back to this post to join in!

x desleyjane

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. loisajay says:

    I am a sucker for all things felt! Have you seen the little tiny mice and other cuties made from felt? Oh, my…..yes. These photos are gorgeous.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh yes! Those miniature animals are adorable! You can buy them on Etsy – so expensive! Thanks so much Lois.

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  2. Joel F says:

    Beautiful colorful images. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much. And it is my pleasure I had so much fun with this.

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      1. Joel F says:

        You’re welcome.

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  3. susurrus says:

    Fantastic – I love these!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you!!!! Me too!

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  4. Tish Farrell says:

    What an unexpected combination touch and texture-wise – felt and cactus. But visually, it works really well. And it’s FUN!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much!! Yes very contrasting aren’t they. I love the combo. 😊

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  5. RuthsArc says:

    So colourful, love it.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Ruth. Me too. It was a spur of the moment choice to pair these two together. Those are the best kinds of choices, don’t you think?

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  6. Su Leslie says:

    Wow!! This is a fantastic shoot. I love the way the textures and colours play off each other, and the shots work brilliantly together. Thanks for the mention btw. 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      My pleasure. Thank you so much! I think I said in another comment that it was kind of a spur of the moment choice but I love it.

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  7. Debbie H says:

    You are so clever Desley!! Love the combination of textures and colours.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Deb!

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  8. so soft……..OK so I finally managed to get around to doing a post for this and played with the new camera as well 🙂 https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/five-minutes-with-regular-random/

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    1. desleyjane says:

      OOO, how exciting, ok am off to check it out!

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  9. Heyjude says:

    These are beautiful – love the contrasting textures and the vibrancy of the colours. I have had an attempt at one for you, but I wasn’t able to move around too much, given the location of the objects.
    https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/studying-snowdrops/

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Jude! I just saw your fab post – what a gorgeous subject!

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  10. Robyn G says:

    Gorgeous colours and a fun shoot 😀
    5 mins is such a fun project.
    I need to do somesome catching up!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you again 🙂
      Yes! Looking forward to seeing yours.

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