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One of the most challenging things about art is taking its formal portrait.

I’ve tried enlisting local photographers leaving them with explicit instructions only to have images returned with clothespins fastening the piece on a wire–a sleeve was attached to the top; pieces shot at an angle; no detail shots.

That being a failure, I tried pinning the piece to my design boards–covered with gray felt. Then there was the problem of distance from the piece.

I tried hanging the piece on my front porch from hooks and a wire strung through the sleeve. Although I started with not a wisp of wind setting things up; by the time I was ready to push the button on the camera; gale force winds ruffled the edges of the piece.

My next effort including buying two sets of stands and a black photographic drape. This works well except on dark rainy days; additional lighting casts awkward shadows. And I was still limited by size.

And so, this is my next iteration for larger pieces. I hung two sets of brackets on the side of the shed; hung a drape leftover from a quilt show; set up the tripod–remembering the clamp for the camera.

Success for the smaller piece.

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Excited by my success, I hung up the next piece. It was too long!

Up on the ladder I went, and moved the closet poles up next to each other.

Success again!

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However, I have a still larger one to photo today. I will be moving those brackets up about six inches.

Thanks to the Pixeladies, I know enough photoshop to crop and re-color, rotate, and resize the images.

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