Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Seeing the light

Interesting to see what the light is like at different times of day and in different parts of my house :-) I tried to take the same shots and angles in each location at each time of day but I (currently? lately? always?) seem to have a head like a sieve so I kept forgetting to include one or other shot till it was too late, oh well....

First though I had to deal with lots of totally unnecessary angst about quite what to photograph. Something that's very much me? Something that I love, or that says something about my personality? Something that maybe represents a colour scheme I love? AAAARGH!!!

Once I'd calmed down and got a bit of perspective, I decided go with a necklace because (a) I wear necklaces a lot and I love them and they are 'very much me', (b) this necklace is in shades of blue which I rather love (though if I had one in the right shades of green I'd have chosen that instead), and (c) I made this necklace so it also represents my creative side :-) (What? Taking this part of the assignment a touch too seriously? You think?!)

OK then: I took a batch of photos at about 9am, another batch at about 12.30pm, another at about 4.30pm, and the last at about 7.30pm (so I needed to switch the lights on at this point). Here are the shots where I have a full set! (No editing by the way - not even cropping - this is just how they came out of the camera.)

Dining room, by garden door

Kitchen worktop. The camera wanted me to use flash but I overrode that so the shots might be slightly blurry

Living room window sill - except for the last one, which is on the coffee table in the living room

Which just basically confirms that I want to keep photographing my projects in the living room as it does get the most light throughout the day, but I was surprised to get some good results in the dining room because I do think of it as a dark room in our house!

And I have no idea why it didn't occur to me to try any of the upstairs rooms.....

My favourite shot in terms of lighting and composition? This one:


I like that it has some white space for title and/or journaling, I like the little bit of reflection, and I like the focus of this one :-)

17 comments:

JO SOWERBY said...

i love ur choice of necklace as it has texture to add interest. i love the picture you chose as ur favourite. it has alot of interest and light
Jo xxx

K said...

Its amazing how the feeling of the photo alters with lighting & position as well, such as the one on the kitchen work top suddenly feels very cold compared to the others

Cheri said...

I love your final choice of photo - definitely great lighting, texture, color, and focus!

Rachel said...

I like the ones taken in your dining room, really like the light in there.

Sarah said...

Only just found your blog via class forum! I, too love your final choice of favorite photo although I do also like no 3 from the worktop ones!

Clair said...

I'd have instantly chosen the window sill for your pictures - the light is just right for taking photographs of jewellery as it doesn't have tons of shadow. Nice focus in that last one x

Scrappi Sandi said...

Your final choice of pic is awesome!...& talk about thorough work!!

scrappyjacky said...

I also love your final choice....amazing how different light effects the look of items so much.

Amy said...

I think your choice is a great one and it's the one I would have gone with as well.
I understand your angst at wanting to find the right light ;-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Your final shot is great!
Rinda

Elisabeth Costa said...

Yes, LOVe your choice as well. I had noticed it on the forum tonight as well. I too struggled to find something to photograph...I tend to overanalyze:)

Kirsty.a said...

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Kirsty.a said...

Love the necklace. Intersting assignment, wasn't it. I didn't go upstairs either, basically because I know I will never be bothered to go upstars to photograph a scrabook page I made downstairs!

Anesha said...

Looks like you are having fun. Love the one your picked, great shot!

SarahLP said...

Love your last photo - gorgeous depth of field!

Fiona said...

The last one is a great shot!

Karen said...

My pick is your pick. The colors and textures are great as is the composition.