Still life photography requires numerous decisions.
What props will I use?
How much, how little?
Backdrops were the focus of this Be Still exercise.
I decided to use a top down shot with different surfaces.
I gathered a few items that I thought complimented each other
and then added a piece of crochet and a piece of sheer fabric.
First, I arranged them on two pieces of dark floor tile.
Then switched to a piece of floral scrapbook paper.
On the third one I went with a light square of floor tile.
In the last one I used a piece of burlap.
I think I'm leaning toward the first one.
I like the way it brings out the warmth of the seedpods.
Last week's assignment was to use citrus, white space, and staggering heights.
I thought on this long and hard.
I know I've said it before, but I'm not a pretty, soft type of photographer.
I like warmth.
I'm also sentimental.
I finally came up with props I was excited about,
my son's lunchbox and thermos, probably from kindergarten.
The perk of this shoot,
I got to eat the peanut butter and jelly sandwich
and the mandarin orange.
I had more fun and relaxed with this exercise.
Why? Because it is me!