Still Life

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI used to paint a lot and my favourite subject was Still Life, so I accumulated a lot of pots, vases, china and objects that I picked up from charity shops to use to that end. When I downsized three years ago I had to get rid of most, but kept my favourites.Now I find that I’m enjoying setting them out to photograph and trying out different lighting and effects. This is especially useful as I find it difficult to get out and about as much as I would like to and the garden hasn’t much inspiration to offer at the moment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn these examples I’ve softened the backgrounds and used a darkened vignette, as well as cropped the originals, which I hope has enhanced the pics ….

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope to be posting more frequently in future – but then, I know I’ve said that before … well, I’m full of good intentions ain’t I?      Eileen


Candles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI haven’t posted anything here for ages I know …. in my old age [!] I don’t seem to be able to multi-task so things take a back seat. There are so many other places to post images on these days but I always come back to my blog eventually.

Anyway – I can take the liberty here of being early with festive pics [I hope you’re not groaning].

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApolarOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsee you soon I hope!    Eileen


Marbles

Five Marbles

In my ‘artistic’ days when I did a lot of painting in water colour and oils, the subject I enjoyed most was Still Life. So, in the times that I’ve exhausted garden stuff to photograph, and when there are no ‘hoomans’ to hand, I turn to setting up objects indoors to get creative with.  It’s essential not to have a distracting background, and in the absence of a proper studio, I bought a small Light Tent some years ago that came with a couple of spotlights and several different colour cloth backgrounds. It easily sets up on a table top, but I need to sort out my little ‘office’ so that I don’t have to keep setting up and dismantling every time I need to use it. I still have stuff to dispose of since downsizing.

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Anyway – back to today’s offering:  I have some marbles ‘donated’ by my grandchildren which I’ve photographed a few times before.

Four Marbles

I placed some on a mirror tile and eventually managed to get them to stop rolling around …. what a palaver!

Marbles again

I guess it’s just been an exercise in using shapes, reflections and lighting. I do love a bit of sparkle, don’t you?   Eileen

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