So, late last night I posted about the two cover shots I have for books the Press is publishing. It was the gratuitous type of self-promotion I'm not very good at and prefer to avoid whenever possible. Still, I am proud to have the two images used (although, despite their being used I'm still able to enjoy my status as an Amateur, ifyouknowwhatImean) and enjoy nattering on about "isn't that one h3lluva pine bough? isn't it?" from time to time, completely in jest.
Still, I wanted to show the somewhat less-than-glamourous side of my contribution to the Encyclopedia's cover.
I was given the tips of a few longleaf pine branches that had been brought back to our part of the state by a co-worker who had been attending a conference in a part of the state where the longleaf pine actually grows. I simply needed to make the bough look reasonably appropriate without a proper background, lights or money for any of those things.
If my years living in the Great American South have taught me nothing else, they have taught me how to make do with what resources I have to work with. A stalk of bamboo from the rim of the side parking lot and a large paper clip/clamp resting in a large glass jar gave me a way to prop the bough in different angles. A tablecloth reserved for special occasions in a storage closet (that I'd happened upon a week earlier while setting up a projector) clipped to someone's window looking out that same side parking lot gave me a working backdrop, provided I didn't back up too far. (You can just make out the brickwork on the right in the second image) And, luckily, it was a slightly overcast day outside, so the lighting wasn't too bad.
I could've sworn I'd taken a long shot of the set up but I can't find it anywhere. Alas.