When I get the chance and find a good subject around the house, I like to experiment with still life. This is what I did with this tulip, the single tulip that grew in our front garden and which my daughter then tore… for me (had to love her for that). I wanted to emphasise the beautiful, deep red colour of its petals, so I put the flower in a little glass container (left over from an infusion sticks set), next to a window with white net curtain on (good for diffusing the light), and experimented with positioning, angles. I deliberately overexposed shots, also to bring out the red…, but used spot metering to expose correctly for the tulip’s head. Hope you like the results. Which one do you consider best? Comments are welcome.
Last week, I entered this shot of a snail into a competition on Composition (in Photography). This final image you can see here has been cropped following the rule of thirds, placing the snail on one of the intersecting points on a visible/imaginary grid. I was really quite happy with this shot of mine and had high hopes of being one of the five winners of tickets to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London (26th April – 12th May 2013). Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful… But you can check out the winning images here, as well as other images entered in the competition.
How do you like this image? And how about this next one of a rose (also cropped in so that the viewer’s attention is focused on the amazing whorl) ?
When wiolakk gave a positive comment on my post Faces of a Child, she used a word I did not know until then: triptych. I became intrigued, so I looked it up. According to Oxford Dictionaries, a triptych is ‘a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together…’ In the case of my post, it would be a photographic triptych, ‘a common style used in modern commercial artwork. The photographs usually arranged with a plain border between them. The work may consist of separate images that are variants on a theme, or may be one larger image split into three.’ (Source: wikipedia) There can also be diptych-es (two images) or polyptych-es (several images).
I really like what triptych-es represent, how they convey different angles of the same theme or object, how they tell a story, how they capture several close-knit moments in time, as opposed to one. I tried to create and experiment with this newly found form of art. Here’s some examples.
Still Life -A Diptych
Still Life -A Triptych
Still Life with Rose -A Triptych
Sharing with you all here that I got another good feedback from the Photography for Beginners team, on one of my photos. They selected my photo named Pink into their Photos We Like section, along with becoming a runner up (with the same photo) in their recent Still Life Photo Competition. This made me incredibly happy, but also incredibly eager to continue my learning process into photography.
I’m in the position where I’m trying to figure out what sort of photography I’d like to be focusing on in the future. Not quite there yet, as I’ve still got lots of general learning to do (lacking mostly in technical- and in editing skills, I believe), but that would be the next step to take. It makes sense aknowledging that to become really good in something, you have to limit that something to as less somethings as possible, instead of more… one can handle. So far, I enjoy portrait- and landscape photography most, monochrome bringing the two in one basket, which suits me well. I may be able to enjoy still life photography too, where I’d be able to really use/show some creativity; haven’t done much in this field so far though. There are lots more photography genres out there (see street, travel, fashion, wildlife, etc.), but I think I’ll be choosing my area(s) from the four mentioned earlier on.
I welcome any (good hearted) suggestions, comments, advice on this! One thing is for sure, I love being behind the camera, instead of in front of it….