The Magic of Photography
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:
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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper_No._30.
And, my attempt to mimic his idea:
And, on the ever present black table top:
Thanks, as always, for looking.
Oh yeah, don't forget to click on any of the images to see them enlarged!
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