Friday, 25 January 2013

Still Life




Experimenting with still life as part of Beyond Beyond.  Here are some random thoughts on the process:

I find still life hard.
I think I find it hard because I am not a natural 'styler' of things.
I think my 'style' can be summed up as 'a bunch of random stuff I like'.
OK, I'm going to talk that up as 'eclectic'. ;)

For this exercise I applied my 'eclectic' approach, walked round my house and picked up some stuff I liked the look of, found the best light I could (no mean feat in this gloomy, grey January we're having) and took photos from all angles, then picked the one I liked the best.  This often seems to be the 'from above' shot.
I'm sure there must a better way to approach still life.
A little more thought and planning, I'm guessing.

Do you do still life photography?  How do you approach it? All advice gratefully received.

Happy Friday to you, have a lovely weekend. :)



Written as part of Beyond Beyond.





27 comments:

  1. From the very little I know about photography, you've nailed still life with this. You have your grouping of 3. You have your angle/diagonal working in a few ways...and you have textures.

    I like this from the angle you took it -- looking down...I can't see this working any other way.

    You say that you are not a styler and that this is one of the reasons you dislike still life.

    What I'm seeing here is that you are following your instincts...finding things that appeal to you that you like -- so even if you aren't aware of the process you are doing it instinctively.

    And rules? Well, I think we can run our lives too tightly if we follow too many rules. What about just looking at this exercise from the point of view -- this is what I like and this is how I, Becs, do still life. This is "my" version of still life? How would you feel then?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your input, Sherry. Perhaps it is just a matter of 'owning it' - and ignoring the 5,001,324 shots that were total rubbish (or maybe calling it my method!).

      Delete
  2. I like the addition of berries in this still life you have arranged - as if you are going to snack on them while you read!
    I know nothing about still life photography, but if ever I do anything, I like it to look natural as if I've caught a corner of my home unaware. I like it to look real and not too 'arranged' as if it's a scene that happened all on its own as it would in normal everyday life - even if a couple of things are taken away or added!

    ReplyDelete
  3. You have created a lovely photo! The colors, texture and arrangement is perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have to agree with those who commented before me - great job!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am completely stumped by still lifes - which means, I suppose, that it should become a Third Thursday Challenge topic :) I love my home and the beautiful things that surround me. But, for the life of me, I really struggle with trying to capture that in images.

    I like your eclectic combination. Wonderful combination of textures and colors. And you always nail it with your "from above" perspective.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think you did a beautiful job with your image! I can definitely take some lessons from you!

    ReplyDelete
  7. You sound just like me. I find still life, setting something up, really difficult. This really speaks to me. I love it. It seems natural and the lighting is perfect. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This photo is really lovely, I love your eclectic style & I think it's hard to beat a from above POV.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel like I am repeated everything above: this is lovely, well-composed, great angle, terrific lines, wonderful combo of muted colors, etc., etc., etc. Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  10. You are far too hard on yourself, Becs. This is quite brilliant!

    ReplyDelete
  11. You did fine Becs I love the shot from above. Since taking Kim's classes I have discovered I prefer still life, but maybe it's because it's so much easier to take shots indoors at the moment....

    http://vivhalliwell.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is so lovely, Becs, love from above photos !
    It's a beautiful still life with wonderful tones !
    Nice weekend,
    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  13. You are definitely too hard on yourself...your arrangement is so pleasing to the eye! It looks perfectly arranged, but not "too perfect". Lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  14. You have done a beautiful job creating a 'still life'. I like doing them because the subjects don't move and I can take my time!

    ReplyDelete
  15. You did an absolutely beautiful still life. I'm not very creative with mine...

    ReplyDelete
  16. For someone who says she doesn't know how to do a still life, I'm impressed. Maybe your casual approach is the way to do it. I get all caught up in the placement of everything. I like the linen background.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I do have such high standards when it comes to still lives that I am always disappointed by the results, so no tips from me, sorry. One day I'd love to be able to "create" something like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevsyd/4680679933. I can dream, righr? ;)
    Have fun in Beyond Beyond and enjoy the weekend! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks you for this link, Kia. I am less keen on the more 'theatrical' still life - I try to go for more natural still life - but of course I'm manufacturing that 'natural' - perhaps that's where my problem lies! x

      Delete
  18. I have no formula for still life images. But I do move around a bit, looking through my lens and seeing what kind of light I'm getting on the subject. It often takes several tries before I get one I like.

    I do really love this one...the bowl holding the berries adds such a nice highlight of color.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you all for your really wonderful comments. I'm so glad that I managed to get a usable shot, but believe me when I say there were A LOT that didn't work. Like anything else, I suspect a lot of this is about practice - and being inspired by others' work. I'm loving all the work in the BB flickr group and can see I'll be learning a lot this year. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi, Becs! So happy to be sharing the Beyond Beyond journey with you. I love your unique approach to the first challenge. It's a beautiful little vignette and I love all the negative space, so effective. I think you underestimate your ability to "arrange" things. :-D

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great work . . . your still life is beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  22. I know nothing about still life photos! It is something I would like to learn more about! I love the beauty, contrast, and textures in your image. What I see peace and stillness. It's simply lovely!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful set up, love the texture of the background and the two additional blueberries work well to balance the shot. A lovely still life.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...