Weekly Theme - Still Life

by Bethany Plonski February. 02, 2019 568 views

This week's theme gave me a whole new respect for still life photography. I looked at a lot of photos online for inspiration, and that was probably a bad idea because now I look at mine and just want to laugh! :)

I tried a bunch of different things, most of which did not go as planned. Anyway, it's been a long week, and here's what I came up with.

I don't know if this is technically the strongest photo in the group, but to me it has the sensibility I associate with still life, so that's why I chose to submit it this week. It looked terrible in color, but the dramatic shadows worked better in black and white.

Before that, I screwed up all kinds of things.

Last summer's rosemary is still hanging on in the garden outside. And it's so good with grapefruit!

Last summer's rosemary is still hanging on in the garden outside. And it's so good with grapefruit!

The last two days of my work week were exhausting, so I thought I needed a drink BEFORE I took this picture, but I needed one even more after one of my lights tipped over and crashed into the set, spilling the drink all over the lovely new piece of furniture my husband just finished making. Eek! I hadn't quite gotten the lighting and spacing I wanted, but once the drink spilled, I had to clean up and move on to Plan B.

I prefer the black and white, but the color wasn't too bad either.

I prefer the black and white, but the color wasn't too bad either.

I bought these roses for another still life idea I had (which didn't pan out), but I liked them a lot for low key shots. They had opened up nicely after a few days in the house. Also, have I mentioned that spot metering is my new favorite thing? :)

Always an adventure!

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Ho Kim 1 year, 10 months ago

I like the composition and lighting of the first photo. The dead space on the right is supporting objects and help the photo give out a calm feeling. The weight of the dark space on the right is well balanced with the main objects. I love it. smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 9 months ago

Thank you! I'm glad you like it! I really struggled with that one because I was only seeing the scene in color at first. The shadows were very different that way, because the light had a yellowish cast against the wall. Once I previewed it in black and white, it was much more balanced and quiet feeling.

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Ho Kim Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 9 months ago

You did a good job. Such a feeling could not be made from color pictures. Good trial. smile

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Heike 1 year, 10 months ago

My fav is #2. smile Not only because I would like to have one, I like the composition most. Only thing I would change, is to fill also a bit into the bottle.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks, Heike. They are really tasty! smile  And I hadn’t thought about the bottle, but you are right, it would look better if you could tell it was full.

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Vivienne Albiston 1 year, 10 months ago

I love the gradient of grey to black you have and the off set placement. Don`t know if you`ve looked at Arnold Newmans b/w work. Awesome and he often used the first third of his image as the focus..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Vivienne Albiston 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you, Vivienne. I hadn’t heard of Newman, so I’m glad you mentioned him! I always forget how helpful it is to choose a photographer and study their work. He has great portraits too!

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

I vote for #1. But I also like the roses in color smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you! The roses were pale and almost white when I first brought them home, but they changed to a really nice soft pink color the longer I had them.

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D Vgz 1 year, 10 months ago

Love the composition in #1. The colours in #2 are stunning :) Great job. Too bad of the spilled drink, hopefully it didn't leave any stains..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to D Vgz 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you so much! Luckily, the wood seems fine. It was a good thing we had already stained/sealed it!

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

Lovely, unique images! Glad you were not dissuaded by the mid-production catastrophe! (((GRIN)))

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks, Jay! There were a few minutes where I thought about throwing in the towel, but then my stubborn streak kicked in. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

Glad you didn't give up and that you shared these with us!

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Kevin Wenning 1 year, 10 months ago

I love seeing the process. That image you picked is beautiful and moody and the black and white definitely works. They all have something going for them honestly; nothing a tad bit of editing and doge/burn wouldn't make look good.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Kevin Wenning 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you! What a process it was this week! satisfied And my trusty little Ikea light came through like a champ for all of them except #2.

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Kevin Wenning Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

Your hero shot; #1, looks like it could be next to a window.

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Heidi Egerman 1 year, 10 months ago

I love #1. I think you are getting the hang of low key. Keep at it.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heidi Egerman 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you, Heidi! It's been fun figuring out more about how it works.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

I really really like #1. The shadow and light is perfect. While the b&w roses are not bad I personally like the colored version more. Somehow the softness of the petals seem to come out more in the colored version. All in all your attempts, in my opinion, have paid off. Sorry to hear about the wasted drink ;)

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks, Camellia! I had pretty much given up on #1 until I saw it in black and white. And now that you mention that about the roses, I see what you mean. The pink does bring out the softness a lot more.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

#1 is great, #3 ain't bad either, but spilling a perfectly good drink, that is awful smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 10 months ago

joy I know! I was flustered and tired even before that happened, so I almost went through the roof at that point. Such a sticky mess. Luckily it didn't blow up the light!

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