These shots are of a freshly oiled bed, drying in the living room. I made the bed last weekend for my son – I have to do my carpentry on the back patio as I have no workshop or covered space available at this time. Naturally, after several unusually dry months it started to rain just when I was going to apply some Danish oil and has not stopped for a week now. So, the bed has ended up drying in the living room. I don’t do carpentry very often, and making things from scratch even less so – its been a few years since I last tried something like this.
I took these photos yesterday with the idea of posting one on Facebook, but I like how they turned out, especially the colour one, so am putting them to work here too. The bed is made with the tools at hand – skil saw, drill, chisel, screw driver, screws, glue and dowels. The wood is former shelving salvaged from my neighbour’s house supplemented with new pieces as needed – all Douglas fir, except the headboard which I think is maple, though it seems a bit softer than I would expect. The slats are from Ikea. The design I conceived as something simple suited to my rudimentary skill and equipment.
I really appreciate how HDR works in this kind of lighting where much of the bed was in shadow and the room and window are in very different light levels. The black and white image is processed in Photomatix from three hand-held brackets taken at +/- 1.0 EV. The colour one was processed from a similar set using Lightroom 4 and the 32-bit HDR plug-in, described in more detail in an earlier post of mine More Natural HDR. Both were then tweaked in Lightroom after HDR processing (and a bit before as well).
Canon 5Dii, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens, ISO800, f2.8, brackets at 1/60th, 1/30th, 1/15th, hand-held.