Nevertheless after getting several e-mailed calls for entry for a show I had gotten into a few years ago, I began to get the urge to attempt the process again. But one of the quilts I wanted to enter I had tried to photograph before, had even had a friend photograph it who has won so many awards for her photos that she might as well be called a professional, and neither of us, either with indoor lighting or outdoor, could get the color true on the photos without a color adjustment in Photoshop Elements. And the rules, as they so often do, clearly state: "Images cannot be enhanced in any way, including color correction." I have a penchant for purple, you see, and it seems that purple is very hard to photograph; it turns blue or gray.
Holly Knott's website for a while and her tutorial "Shoot That Quilt!" that steps you through the process of photographing a quilt. So I actually sat down last weekend and read it, bought some of the lighting hardware at our local Dunham's Do-It Center (I tried Walmart but I'm glad to say the reflector lamps were too cheap and wouldn't hold steady on the posts), ordered the bulbs she recommends online and made do with 150 watt regular bulbs for this session since of course the deadline was today. Took about an hour total of my time putting everything together. Well, part of that hour included Tom's time since he has a new drill he wanted to use to put the screws in. And I now have better and more reliable lighting than I have ever had before. Two of these less than elegant gizmos can light a quilt quite nicely.
The next hurdle was the 5 x 7 inch format required. I might have been able to squeeze this into a 7 x 5 but had no idea how to fit this vertical image into a horizontal space. In Gloria Hansen's book, Digital Essentials, which has become one of those what-did-I-do-before-I-found-this books in my library, I discovered the specific steps I needed to resize the image.
So I made the deadline for the entries. Even though the photos are a bit better, that's little guarantee that the quilts will be accepted. The one above, which is called No. 61, is one of my favorites because it captures so many meanings for me. I created all the fabrics for this piece--the background is painted with Setacolor and sun faded, and I dyed the deep purple and red to fit the project. I love the contrast of texture and color and movement. But it's small, only about 36 x 26 inches, and it is certainly not as flashy as so many of the quilts are these days. We shall see what happens. And if you're still with me, thanks for the company!