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Saucy

Still working on doing still life photos here.  I asked DH what sauces in the fridge does he like to put on his food the most and this is what happened.  Actually the Tabasco sauce is his favorite; puts it on almost everything.  I am learning and have learned that when shooting subjects like this you will run into some of these issues:

Shadows you may or may not want occur depending on where the light is coming from.

You will discover that what you once thought was clean wasn’t as in water stains on crystal glasses or fingerprints just from moving the objects around.

Dust just “magically” appears in the shot but you won’t see it (sometimes) until you upload the image and use the visualize spots tool or you zoom in.

About the prior tip – you will need one of those lint rollers for your backdrop or if it is vinyl a nice soft non shedding cloth to clean with.

Glass and lights mean reflections!

Hope your weekend is saucy…

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Still Life: Prelude to an anniversary

It’s our anniversary and DH is taking time off from work (which means my time here may be spotty) so that we can both exhale and celebrate by doing whatever we want to.  A lot of that might be catching up on some sleep – we are one wild and crazy couple!  Still experimenting with still life photography and the lesson I learned from this shot is that glass and reflections can make you want to scream.  This was my first attempt at photographing these objects against a black background using a light box.

Practice, practice, practice but perhaps later 😉

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Still Life: Calla Lilies in Color

I usually see calla lilies in the white classic variety but when I found this bunch at my local grocery store in this color – I had to have them!

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Still life: Calla Lilies in Black and White

A still life (plural: still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).  wikipedia

One goal I set for myself this year was to work harder at my photography; read more, take lessons, get out of my comfort zone, etc.  Practice practice practice!   Recently I’ve been trying still life photography.  I believe I have the basics as far as the camera aspects are concerned, it’s just coming up with the subject matter that’s been giving me some trouble.  Here is one of my first attempts, a vase of calla lilies shot from above in monochrome.

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End of year bits and pieces – Selfie

While writing my wrap up of 2016 I came across this “selfie” I had completely forgotten about.  This was taken in Bar Harbor, Maine in September right after I had taken some sunrise shots by the harbor.  Normally I don’t hold my camera quite like this, I decided to strike a pose.

 

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Do you know the way to Santa Fe?

The song’s destination was San Jose but that’s not the direction we were heading while rolling along on  I-25.  What is it about clouds, blue skies, open spaces and mountains that is just so mesmerizing?  These photos were taken in a moving car through the front windshield.  I was glad I didn’t have to tussle with the wind as when I shot from my side of the car with the window rolled down.

For some tips about shooting through glass read this.

 

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Happy 4th of July

There are different ways that you can compose a fireworks photo one is where you can have it from afar including buildings, people, and trees to name a few which will give your composition some perspective.  You can also be like me and just shoot the fireworks themselves.  There is no right or wrong way there is just your way.  Have a happy and safe 4th everyone and I will leave you with this thought….

I wish that the only explosions in our world were from celebratory fireworks and not from acts of violence and hate.  T.Dashfield

 

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