Be Still

Assignment #2 of 4 from Carolyn and Camilla’s photo workshop is a still life, taken from many angles, for composition and perspective.

Then a bird’s eye view:

A little negative space, the sunlight was fading here so there’s a little fill flash involved:

And some blur, for the painterly effect, to see shapes and forms:

This was really just going to be my practice run but time slipped away, you know how that goes, so this is it. The hardest part was choosing objects for the still life. I tried to find objects that would look shapely from any angle, similar tones, as I wanted it a little muted, but I also wanted dramatic shadows. The little stone bunny got added as an Easter bonus. Happy Easter!


29 responses to “Be Still

  1. The light and shadows in the first photos are beautiful. I like the first and the last photo the best. And yes it is amazing how fast time goes. Have a lovely Easter!

  2. The pictures are so nice, I like the objects that you chose and the shadows they cast.

  3. Very nice light play. Beautiful textures and overall compostions.
    I really like the unfocus ones…they are very interesting.
    Fine job you did…
    Most excellent Candace.
    Happy Easter to you and the fam.

  4. I love how you kind of incorporated the first project and the way shadows were cast into this project too. Great composition all around!


  5. The blurred shots really are impressionistic. Beautiful photos! Happy Easter.

  6. Nancy Andreasen

    The lovely shapes really stand out in your blurred photos, especially the next-to-last one, for me.

  7. bird’s eye view, oh yeah!! the lighting, and the table are beautiful…..and the last photo has such a nice feeling.

  8. The shadows from the natural light are amazing…and the bird’s eye view is beautiful…

  9. Beautiful ceramics, colors, shells and shadows!
    Love it 🙂

  10. I love your pottery!!! Those blurred shots are so difficult and you nailed them both!!! Lovely work!

  11. interesting textures, colors, shapes, and light. bold and earthy, with strong light and strong linear shadows. nice!

  12. You also did a lot of pictures:) nice job, beautiful colors.
    Happy Holidays

  13. so wonderful!
    and the shadows that made, the sweetest appearance~ swoon!

  14. one of my favorites of you Candace…each view more special than the next…you are having fun with this I can tell

  15. Nice shadows and light…AND blur. Has a nice mediterranean feel.

  16. I love the images with the shadows and the blurred images are especially compelling.

  17. beautiful light and pottery choices…well done.

  18. oh you did most fabulous…. ♥ xxo, kim

  19. You did a very nice job with this series, Candace! Your compositions were excellent and your choice of objects and colors was also. I really liked the bunny’s shadow in the second one.

  20. I really like the shadows playing against the objects. The unfocused is outstanding! Nice job!

  21. I like the blurries the best. I can see what the object is just enough. Very pretty colors. great job!!

  22. I love how the shadows became part of your subject, too! Wonderful series. The last blur shot is really nice! Good job!

  23. I think you succeeded very admirably. What a nice and varied collection of shots including some abstracts. Very well done.

  24. I love the last two shots, Candace! I also love the natural light of your first images, before the flash fill. Great shadows – and the little bunny casts a super shadow. Hope you had a great Easter.

  25. oh i agree, the hardest part is choosing your still life!
    i love the second shot and the contrast of the muted pottery against the bright table, and the shiny bokeh in your blurred photos. nice work!

  26. Love the second photo! And the negative spaces; especially the one with the blue (carpet?) in the background – it so beautifully complements the blue/grey in the vases! And the first blurry photo – gorgeous!!
    I LOVE the pottery, and the different shapes in your photos – lovely set-up!

  27. I love your blurred image series. Really lovely to see how the ceramic vases blur and melt into each other. Lovely!

  28. If I were an art critic (isn’t everyone?) I would pick #2.

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