Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Be Still - Weeks 32 & 33

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!



  1. My favorite is the 2nd one. I love the soft mauve color. From the top you get such a better feel for dimensions. I like it.

    I love the lunch box shot. Orange looks good enough to eat. Enjoyed your shots.

  2. Adore the lunch box, and orange!! Each of the top down and different backgrounds turned out so nice...each has their own "mood", and all very lovely!

  3. Cathy, I know exactly what you mean when you say you have more fun and are more relaxed when you take photos which are really you! I love that last shot because I can feel the authenticity coming through! Well done!

  4. Hi Cathy,
    I always like seeing where your photography is taking you. I love the lunchbox shot. It seems "just right" to me.

  5. Cathy, I absolutely adore your citrus shot! Love love love that you used your son's lunch box and thermos! Perfection! I like the bright colors too! Thinking about and arranging these still life photos takes me much longer than I would have ever thought possible! lol!

  6. Adore both shots, but yes the second one was you because it told a story.

  7. Well I wish I could have shared that sandwich with you. It sounds like the still life is interesting to do, to think about , to shoot. Have a lovely day, Cathy.

  8. It is much more fun when we are putting one together that fits our personality. Even though I have just started the new class of Be Still, I have found that to be true for me. That last shot is so cute and fun because the items were your sons....I bet they brought back lots of memories....

  9. I loved this exercise and I see you had a lot of fun, love the focus and the different backgrounds. So creative on the citrus shots of the lunch box. Love this Cathy and so glad I can take this journey with you in Be Still

  10. Love the lunch box shot with the vivid colors. The others, I am partial to the first one, though all are lovely.

  11. You're the second person I've seen who shot from above for the backgrounds exercise. I never even thought of that, and it's such a great idea. My favorite of those I think is the one with the burlap, again because it brought out the warmth of the seed pods...and complimented the blue vase nicely. Lunch Time was a unique and creative idea for the citrus still life. I love it!

  12. I love the last image Cathy the colour is so bright and cheerful...

  13. Good for you - to find a way to make this exercise work for you - bringing back memories of packing those daily lunches.

  14. I love your last shot too! I also am sentimental about old things, and you captured the lunch box etc. so well in your unique style. Well done!

  15. What a challenging exercise. I think my favorite is the 2nd one. I also liked the nice bright colors from the lunchbox shoot.

  16. Think you have done a gorgeous job on these and love your depth of field! Very nice!

  17. This is so sweet. It is so important to photograph what you love.


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