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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Be Still - Weeks 32 & 33

Still life photography requires numerous decisions.
What props will I use?
How much, how little?
Composition?
Backdrops?


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!

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19 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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  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....

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  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

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

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  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!

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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

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