Friday, February 10, 2012
Focus 52 (2012) Week 6 - Still Life
Although something I've never done before, I was excited about this week's prompt. I originally had in mind those darned lemons from my tree, but they aren't cooperating & are still clinging tightly to the branches.. (side note: can't make lemon bars yet either). So with the week nearly over & still no photo or even a thought about how/what to photograph I seriously checked out everyone else's submitted photos to get ideas.
What I came up with was one of my daughter's Breyer horses with a silver sparkly halter, her show bow (with silver adornments) and one of her high point ribbons to add a bit of color. I noticed that in many photos the background was very important, but I just did the best I could (thought about sticking this horse in the yard/grass - but we are having a rainy day), and draped black material under & behind the objects. With this look I could go for black & white with a shot of color. Obviously I need to work on my lighting. I hardly ever use a flash - I LOVE natural lighting & have bought f1.4 lenses so I could use as much natural light as possible.... but when there is no natural light (really rainy day), I resorted to a lamp... regular desk lamp at that. I think this will be one of those areas of photography that I will just enjoy everyone else's wonderful images... I can honestly say I compose other types of scenes/photos better (& easier/less frustration).