Photo Challenge – Still Life

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Photography | 9 comments

This still life image was created for week 44 of the 52-week Photo Challenge in which I have been participating.

This still life image was created for week 44 of the 52-week Photo Challenge in which I have been participating.

The theme for the 52-week photo challenge this week was still life. In thinking about doing a still life my mind drifted to all the famous paintings that contained baskets of flowers or bowls of fruit. I recalled paintings of tables ladened with wild game and farm fresh eggs. The images I remembered contained a grouping of items and that led me in the direction I took for my challenge image. I gathered faded coneflowers, a carved wooden bowl, and dried oranges — you know the ones, the tiny ones that are so popular these days. Did you know if you don’t eat them and leave them in a bowl for several months they dry up? Who knew? I’m sure glad I didn’t toss them, they ended up being perfect for this composition.

The raven statues were added to complete the composition. I shot the image on a light table hoping that the lighting would be more unusual and more dramatic than it would have been with just natural light. During post processing my goal was to make the image feel dreamlike or surrealistic.

I can’t believe it’s week 44 and there are only eight more weeks in this challenge. It’s been a lot of fun. In January I’ll be starting my own 52 week photo challenge. It will include lessons and techniques so be sure to follow me so you’ll know when it’s time to sign up.

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9 Comments

  1. What a great still life! I don’t know that I see it as dream-like, but the dried oranges make me think that there is something yet to come, that they are “…” at the end of the sentence, leading onward to something else.
    I’m looking forward to YOUR 52 week photo challenge & hope to get some photo-mojo going!

  2. Hi, Ricky. The effect you got by using the light table as your base is so cool. You get up-lighting, and shadows where you wouldn’t normally get shadows. I really do love the effect. Bev

  3. Interesting still life. I also like the effects of the light table – unique shadows and reflections. Looking forward to your weekly photo challenge, as well.

  4. The up lighting created an interesting effect, especially for the dried oranges.

  5. Wonderful Ricky!!!! Your photo has a whimsical implied message. The ravens looking down at the dried oranges makes me smile. It speaks to me a message… Even though we are all wrinkled, weathered and getting older, we still have beauty within. It is in the eye of the beholder. The beauty is in how we look at things in different ways, as implied by the ravens looking at the dried oranges, the cornflowers, and the wooden bowl. The light underneath radiates the message of eternal youthfulness. I look forward to your lessons and special techniques. I have totally enjoyed seeing your results each week of this photo challenge. Thank you so much for sharing and opening eyes that have been closed. I too look forward to joining you in your 52 week photo challenge next year!!!

  6. This photograph is truly beautiful. I spent time looking at the photograph before I read the rest of your post. As I looked at it the first thing my eye went to was the ravens. I know they are smart, curious birds. It looks as if they are examining the oranges with the light coming up toward them as if they are figuring out what they see. From there, my eyes went to the bowl with the coneflowers and then the whole composition. The upward light did give me a surrealistic feeling along with a real curiosity to know more.

    I’m really looking forward to the 52 week challenge you will be starting in January. I’ve been wanting to learn more about photography and working with my photo editing software to create with intent and then later using some of my photographs in my art quilts. You know how sometimes you want to learn a technique “really fast” so you can use the technique in a quilt – by the excitement of learning something new? Sometimes that’s a good thing because it propels you forward to experiment. On the other hand, I might create a quilt using the technique before I’ve allowed myself to fully develop my skill and my knowledge about the technique before using it in a quilt of a significant size rather than small practice pieces.

    I didn’t want to approach learning more about photography/editing like that. I think photography is something one has to allow to develop over time and this 52 week challenge is a perfect learning process for that. Thank you for offering this opportunity to us!
    I’ve been looking at new cameras because I need to replace mine and move up to a better one. I’m on a budget, but any suggestions of cameras would definitely be appreciated!

    • Becky – Look for a DSLR within your budget. It will be best it if has the options to change lenses as that will help you grow in to the future. Most people invest in lenses more than the body – so plan your brand. I use Nikon – but Canon is also a very widely used brand. We will be using Photoshop in the class. Adobe now has Photoshop and Lightroom as a bundle for 9.99 per month. In November I’ll start listing what the class will contain and what will be needed, but being able to manually use the camera will be a requirement – and so will the most up-to-date version of Photoshop (which again is now a months subscription from Adobe.com)

      • Thank you, Ricky! I’ve been looking at Nikon’s. Back when I used an SLR camera (when dinosaurs roamed the earth!) I had a Nikon and I really liked it. I’m excited about this new journey!

  7. I love this still life. AS you look at it there is always something new popping up. The shadow effects does wonders for it. (Glad you explained about the oranges…couldn’t decide on what they were!)

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