Guess What These Are

by - Kim - May. 26, 2017 1365 views

Until yesterday, I've been feeling impeded in the way that I usually do photography. For one thing, it's scorching hot in the United Arab Emirates right now (e.g., an average of 40-45 degrees Celsius); so, forget about doing outdoor pictures — especially when you have a little toddler! Last night, I decided to use this constraint to get a little creative with some everyday, mundane objects in my flat. I considered Photoblog.com's weekly theme of Composition — particularly the tip of "Shoot[ing] from a Different Point of View". By doing so, I focused on the aesthetic properties of the objects (rather the associations we usually make with these objects) and created some abstract images, which you will hopefully enjoy as well.

Let's see if you can guess what these objects are... I'll give you a little clue: all these pictures were created by putting objects inside or on top of a lamp that I have, with a hollow cylindrical lampshade.

PINK PLASTIC BOWL AND TEA BALL.  In this picture, I placed one of my son's plastic bowl over a lightbulb, put a tea ball on top, and then shot from above the cylindrical lampshade.  I like how the light came through the holes of the tea ball, reflecting on the inside of the lampshade (top right).

PINK PLASTIC BOWL AND TEA BALL. In this picture, I placed one of my son's plastic bowl over a lightbulb, put a tea ball on top, and then shot from above the cylindrical lampshade. I like how the light came through the holes of the tea ball, reflecting on the inside of the lampshade (top right).

BOTTOM OF GLASS.  Here, I used a blue plastic bowl as a filter and placed a glass inside the lamp.  My hope was that the leading lines would draw attention to the bottom/center of the glass.  It was a kaleidoscope of sorts.

BOTTOM OF GLASS. Here, I used a blue plastic bowl as a filter and placed a glass inside the lamp. My hope was that the leading lines would draw attention to the bottom/center of the glass. It was a kaleidoscope of sorts.

DECORATIVE LAMP ON TOP OF ANOTHER.  Here, I moved my camera out and over my cylindrical lamp.  I placed a green decorative glass lamp on top of the cylindrical lamp.  The repetitive circles make for an interesting pattern, I think.

DECORATIVE LAMP ON TOP OF ANOTHER. Here, I moved my camera out and over my cylindrical lamp. I placed a green decorative glass lamp on top of the cylindrical lamp. The repetitive circles make for an interesting pattern, I think.

BASE OF GLASS LAMP ON TOP OF ANOTHER LAMP.  Here, I played with filters and color.  I put my toddler's pink plastic bowl inside the cylindrical lamp and placed the base of a green/yellow glass lamp on top.  Because the colors are complimentary, this results in a brownish-orange light.

BASE OF GLASS LAMP ON TOP OF ANOTHER LAMP. Here, I played with filters and color. I put my toddler's pink plastic bowl inside the cylindrical lamp and placed the base of a green/yellow glass lamp on top. Because the colors are complimentary, this results in a brownish-orange light.

TENNIS BALL CAN.  Here, you looking at the bottom of a tennis ball can from above.  The concentric circles from the cylindrical lampshade, the top of the can, and the bottom of the can form frames with frames, which draw attention to the snowflake-like bottom.

TENNIS BALL CAN. Here, you looking at the bottom of a tennis ball can from above. The concentric circles from the cylindrical lampshade, the top of the can, and the bottom of the can form frames with frames, which draw attention to the snowflake-like bottom.

BEER MUG.  This is my husband's beer mug inside the lamp, seen from above.  The brown beer at the bottom created a natural filter of the light from lightbulb.  In post-processing, I enhanced the blue hues of the sides of the mug, to create contrast with complementary colors.

BEER MUG. This is my husband's beer mug inside the lamp, seen from above. The brown beer at the bottom created a natural filter of the light from lightbulb. In post-processing, I enhanced the blue hues of the sides of the mug, to create contrast with complementary colors.

I probably looked like a kook while shooting these images, but it was a fun experiment that allowed me to practice composition, among other aspects of photography.

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Andrzej Pieniążek 2 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful composition . 1 and 6 the best .

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- Kim - Replied to Andrzej Pieniążek 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Witmann!  Very much appreciated.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

WOnderful creations!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
- Kim - Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Jay :)

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to - Kim - 2 years, 6 months ago

Always a pleasure!

:=D

Cheers!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Niki 2 years, 6 months ago

i guessing few of these photos have a color glass on top/ under the lamb? love the look of these photos.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
- Kim - Replied to Niki 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Niki!  Yes, I used either color glass and even my son's clear plastic bowls to change the color of the light.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

You are very creative. Love especially first two. Great work

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
- Kim - Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Antonio!  Much appreciated.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 6 months ago

Great, always can use ideas. Good work

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
- Kim - Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Peter!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 6 months ago

So creative...love the colors and composition!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
- Kim - Replied to Stephanie Hyde 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you very much!  I really appreciate it.

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