Assignment 3 brings me to a still life photograph using a flower...
A vision statement for my work... I photograph simple subjects and use a simple design.
A one-light portrait session. I got my inspiration for this photograph from a photo I saw by Edward Weston...
Another Project 52 assignment: AIR... It's a concept shot. Show "Air".
Lit from behind. Light pointed up to the background from back of the set. I hand held a bare flash overhead.
This was assignment 11 for Project 52 Pro. Using Black Angels by American composer George Crumb I was to make this CD cover for the string quartet. You can listen to this piece for yourself right here. Below is my interpretation along with behind the scenes...
If you dared to listen to the music I linked above you may understand where I'm going with this shot. My thoughts were to use the graceful lines of the string instrument to bring your eye right into the bow with torn up horse hair coming straight down into the image, like an exclamation point. Below is the BTS...
I used window light but I had the violin about three feet from the window and the window was covered with two cards. Approximately 2/3rds of the window was flagged and the sunlight spilled over the top. You could say I used the window light as a strip light...
Project 52 assignment: Recipe Ingredients...Some of the ingredients to Kale Soup. Final portrait to come soon...
This was assignment 51 of Project 52 with Don Giannatti...Cooking with Chili's. Shoot to layout.
This was a photograph made for Project 52. Still Life with a Flower...
- It should not require more than 20″ x 20″ of set space.
- The objects should be simple and NOT shiny. (Please no chrome or glossy black.)
- The objects should be something you can find around the house, or office, or neighborhood.
- There should be at least 5 items in the shot.
The still life must include a flower. Fake or real. The flower does not have to be the main focus of the shot, and I do NOT WANT a bunch of flowers to be the shot. In other words, the client wants a flower for a reason, we add it into the mix of other items. It may or may not be the focus of your shot… that is up to you, but the image MUST contain a flower.
The book was written in 1886: The Complete Home, by Mrs. Julia Wright, the glasses are my wife's from the early 1970's, the pocket watch was made in 1925, the bronzed baby shoe is my wife's grandfathers and the spoons...they are just old.
How did I light it? Diffused window light coming from the right with a flag to keep the background dark and a flag in the very front. White card on the right angled just enough to create a small highlight in the upper left of the spoon on the far right and also to bring out the detail of the side of the book's pages.
This portrait is one of two for my Project52 assignment. One 60" shoot through umbrella just out of frame camera right. A black card behind door, on the pillow to give her skin less brightness as light was reflecting off the light color wall.
This shot took a little longer than anticipated. I didn't shoot tether this time so I viewed every photograph through the camera. Lining up each utensil in a straight line took a little time. This was a fun shoot and I will definitely re-shoot this one to balance the photograph even more.
What did I learn? Shoot tethered, always...Use a fresher looking tomato...bring my white cards in closer. Overall, I'm happy with this one. Learn and grow!
And the final image...
Here's my latest task for Project 52 Pro...
What a year this has been! 2013 was a period of growth in my craft as a photographer. Because of Project 52, Don Giannatti and the encouragement from other photographers from around the world, I see light and shadows differently than ever before. I pushed my limits weekly with real life projects.
February started with The Stranger project (I have a funny story to go along with it) that really pushed my comfort level. What? I have to walk up to a stranger and ask them if I can make a portrait of them?
With every project I completed and heard the critique, I grew and developed. Things I never saw in the viewfinder I now see. Different angles, different composition, different lighting...and so on.
We are on Project #42 and I've done all but three. I made the commitment to do them all but life just gets in the way sometimes. And that's okay.
I have a great support group with Project 52 but I get the greatest support from my amazing wife, Daina.
She is my rock...period.
So, here's the reward for some tough work this year...a new website.
And here's to continued growth!