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Life Thru the Lens 24:52... a food photography series

I am working on a new series in still life. I am focusing on filling my image fully from back to front. Which is not as easy as it looks. Well, not for me anyway. I'm also trying to cultivate the habit of viewing the image through a different perspective. I often find myself caught up in a photo shoot, so excited about whatI I have captured, that I prematurely pack up my items thinking I have the shot I want. Then I cull and edit my shots and I find myself wishing I would have taken the image form a different perspective. I can most definitely see the benefit of having my camera toggled to a laptop so that I can "see" what I am shooting immediately. And, a dedicated studio to shoot in would be nice as well. That way I could leave my set up out until I knew I had the shot. 

Someday I will have all of that. I think photographers, or any hobbyist for that matter, always dream of the perfect set-up with the perfect equipment. But, let's be honest and remember...

  • the best camera you have is the one in your hand. 
  • work with what you have
  • learn how to use what you have to obtain the shot you want

... if we could remember those three items regularly a ton of our photography covetousness would simply slither away into the shadows. 

My prompt from my class was gather (well, that was a while ago) and a human touch (current) so I thought I would combine the two. These are just the first few photos I have worked on, but I have a few more set ups I want to try. It's a good thing I have people who can help me out with this. Trying to be your own human touch in a photo is difficult at best. 

And these are my favorites... do you see the 3-D effect?

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Our World Tuesday Texture Twist,  and Sweet Shot Tuesday..  

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What does you Life Thru the Lens look like???

Life Thru the Lens

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

Visit our Pinterest board to see who has been featured.... I have not updated this in a while... I will soon, I promise. 

LTTL 10:52... a crazy busy week

Last week was a bit crazy on the schedule part. We went from never leaving the house, to having appointments a couple times a day. Needless to say, Life Thru the Lens and Random Friday went by the wayside, right along with linking up and visiting other sites.

However, I am learning that it is good to give ourselves grace when life hits us in the face. It's good to linger a little bit longer in a book, or to sit in the sun just a moment to soak it up; you know that those tiny specks of time are way more useful to your emotional state of mind, than to immerse yourself into the cyber world during every single morsel of a moment found.

I did manage to create two works of art, in my opinion. I'll share my first creation here today and the second one on Friday. And, if I have the chance, I think I might unpack a bit more of our years in Europe as well.

Until the rest of the unpacking begins, I think I'll have a little tea...

{For app happy Wednesday... edited on VSCO.}

I worked on my prompt(s) for my photography class this week. One of the prompts was dinner plate... where I had to take a top down shot, with no more than 5 organic items on my plate. I know this is literal, especially compared to some of the fantastic shots that others put forth, but I like the literal approach.

My next prompt was stacked. I decided for this shot I wanted to try my hand at two types of light, a more dark and moody lighting, and back-lit.

I was inspired by a post from a few weeks back, by a very creative Brenda K. I wish I could show you the shot. It was amazing. My shots do not compare... but, for my first attempt at moody with shadows, I am pretty happy.

{Both photos were edited using KK Dreamlike Preset with a few hand edits.}

I've decided to work in two different size formats for my still life photography... 4x5 and square. It definitely makes me stop to think about room to crop and perspective; I needed a good photography challenge.

{Photos edited with KK Today Preset, with some minor hand tweaks}

I love the idea of a montage, so, I created these back-lit shots with that in mind. I have to say, when I shot them I loved them, but when I downloaded and edited these photos I wished I had taken them all face-on. Now, I can see why it would be nice to have a laptop connected to my camera to see real-time views. The editing bothers me a bit as well. I think I'll go back and crop the two middle photos so that the boards on the first three photos are on the same horizontal plain. I think the last photo works because the horizontal plain of the board would fall into the same eye level as the top of the towel on the cookbook.

Good photo screams perfection. And, although it seems like a ton to achieve, I think if you are aspiring to do something with your work you have to begin to look at all aspects of photography and not just what it is that you like about the photo. As a creative spirit, I think it is a challenge to create a piece of work that screams "she did that" but also falls into the whelm of customized perfection. Hmmm... I think I might love that kind of challenge.

The bottom set is also for my stacked prompt... I plan to share one of these on my Instagram feed for THE COLOR OF THE MONTH CHALLENGE... which is red.

Linking with: Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, Communal Global, Our World Tuesday, and  app happy Wednesday,

YOUR TURN:

I always feel a little sad when I cannot make it to every site to visit with you all. Sorry about that. I'll catch up this week and come visit you all :-). But, I know, you know what life can be like; I know you all have grace abundantly.

{Out and About is our feature over at the Pinterest board, be sure to check out her blog about her family adventures in Europe. Of course I could not help but feature this one :-).}

Life thru the Lens the rules....

1. Share with us your life thru the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone, with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~I am going to start featuring a photo in my Pinterest Life Thru the Lens... be sure to check it out.