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The Magic of Photography

July 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

From Wikipedia: 

A still life 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).


When I haven't taken any photos for a few days, I get restless and start looking for something to photograph. Often, its a still life image composed from veggies lurking in the kitchen.

And, when I look at the resulting images, I'm frequently startled at how often I really don't see something until I bring the viewfinder of the camera to my eye ... For me, that is the magic of photography!


All of the images in this post were:

  • taken hand-held.
  • Used only natural light from a south facing window was used.
  • All but one were taken on my dining room table!
  • Most were photographed in the morning ... usually before 10:00 AM.


Tomatoes in a bowl with a green lemon in the background ... shadows from a plant on the window sill:


One lovely rose in a vase on the window sill:


Lemons in the magic bowl ... a pyrex bowl that bends incoming light along its rim and base:


Heirloom tomatoes on the table:


Green Heirloom Tomato: 


The magic bowl in full display with heirlooms:


Persimmons on a tray:




Edward Weston, an Ansel Adams contemporay, took a series of black and white images in 1929 of a green bell pepper that I've long admired.  He said: 

It was a bright idea, a perfect relief for the pepper and adding reflecting light to important contours. I still had the pepper which caused me a week's work, I had decided I could go no further with it, yet something kept me from taking it to the kitchen, the end of all good peppers. I placed it in the funnel, focused with the Zeiss, and knowing just the viewpoint, recognizing a perfect light, made an exposure of six minutes, with but a few moments' preliminary work, the real preliminary was on in hours passed. I have a great negative, ‒ by far the best!


You can see his image here:

And, my attempt to mimic his idea:


And, on the ever present black table top:


Thanks, as always, for looking.

See Ya!




Oh yeah, don't forget to click on any of the images to see them enlarged!


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