So it is only half way through the month and I have accumulated a few images for my self-imposed challenge.
It has been a learning experience for me doing this. I have learned that I really like looking at things close up. I like the detail to be found in objects, not necessarily an entire object in itself. Oh dear. I don’t think my Powershot is going to be able to take that kind of penchant. Notch one up to the *buy the digital SLR and you can have any lens you like*.
To begin the challenge I did a quick bit of research into what “Still Life” actually entails. Dictionary.com defines it as,
the category of subject matter in which inanimate objects are represented, as in painting or photography.
While Wikipedia defined it as,
A still life is a work of art depicting inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, plants and natural substances like rocks) or man-made (drinking glasses, cigarettes, pipes, hotdogs and so on) in an artificial setting.
That pretty much means I can take photographs of absolutely anything as long as it doesn’t breathe. Great. Finding subject matter should be a breeze.
With a baby in the house it was a no-brainer that somewhere along the way I would be tempted by the toys and general paraphernalia that accompanies children.
This means you’ll be seeing bugs and sailors and sheep.
Then there is the wonderful hand-painted soup tureen, bowls and spoons that we received as a wedding present. Or the vodka set. They are magnificent and I have loved them dearly. Now I just need to do them justice. That may be a little bit harder.
There is one thing I would like to ask for advice on and that is background. Personally I have a thing about clutter. I don’t like it. I would like to produce crisp eye-catching still life images. What do you suggest I do about placement and background? Here is an example of what I have tried to do about eliminating the potential background clutter. Does it work? Do I need to get over the idea that stuff in the background is bad? Your opinions are appreciated.