Saturday, February 7, 2015

In the Land of Dreamy Dreams (focus, textures and light) (Be Still #4)

My favorite still life from this part of the lesson
This week's lesson in Kim Klassen's Be Still 52 class included a wealth of technical information to get a dreamy feel in your still life photographs. A lot of this was a good review for me. I've taken all my photographs for this class so far using my fixed 50mm lens and shooting to give the depth of field I wanted.
Deconstructed faded hydrangea blossom
I did learn a new trick about where (and why) my camera focuses in aperture priority mode.
And I really liked pairing this information with past lessons on finding good back grounds to add texture and visual interest, cropping and using white space. This photograph and the photo up top use some lace-edged doilies made by my Abuelita and a tile sample from when we redid the bathrooms last summer.
I kindof like the second one better because of the light and color story
And I unintentionally created a really nice comparison about the lighting inside and outside my home. These two photographs with very similar composition were taken within a few minutes of each other. One taken inside (door open, on the floor) and one taken 3 feet away (outside on the deck railing). Such a different feel (partly from the background and perspective, but also from the light).
So that's it from week #4 (check out my earlier post on week #4 here). As always, feedback most welcome - anything from as simple as your favorite photograph to thoughts on focus, texture and light!

10 comments:

Sian said...

My main thought when I look at your lovely pictures is - gosh, how much I have to learn!!

JO SOWERBY said...

I love the second photograph Maria It's so beautiful
Jo xxx

alexa said...

I am a fan of that second photo too - the sharpness of the foreground and the dreaminess of the background is lovely. You know so much! And I need a better camera. Sighing in envy at your skill :).

scrappyjacky said...

The second one is definately my favourite as well.

Miriam said...

The second is my favourite. I see a heart in the petal that is in focus. I think dried hydrangea heads are so lovely to photograph

helena said...

I see I'm not alone in loving the 2nd one best. I love the colours you brought together for the shoot

Linda said...

Lovely photos Rinda! Glad you're having fun and learning new things too:)

Carola Bartz said...

I like these shots, Rinda. I love that there is still color in them, that the image is not washed out as so many of the still life photos I see are. These are truly beautiful. I haven't even started with week 4...

Karen said...

I'm partial to the second one as well. Light makes such a difference, and is a huge problem in my house year round, and especially in the winter. Your dried hydrangeas are gorgeous!

Gail said...

I like that outdoor one with the golden colour in it. Can you share the tip you learned?