Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Threesome

I know groups of 3 often work well, appealing to the eye, and occasionally I even remember to apply this to my craft! Today I had a go at applying it to my photography as per Prompt 3 of LYPLYP.

I had my usual panic about 'what on earth am I going to photograph???' then calmed down and picked up a lemon, a glass of water and a piece of fabric to give a nice contrast of rough, smooth, matt, shiny, soft, hard, etc. I deliberately snapped a few arrangements that I didn't think would work along with a few I wasn't sure about and some I was pretty sure I'd like, but I'm not going to tell you which of the photos below belong to which group!! Where shots are similar it's because I changed the position or focus just a little bit so I could compare the effects:










Now I would really appreciate your feedback on this assignment. Overall I'm not thrilled with these photos, though there are a couple I quite like. Some of them I expected to not like all that much but there are some I'm a bit disappointed with. Please could you take a moment to tell me which, if any, of these you like - and why? I'd welcome comments about the composition in particular. Thanks so much! xx

16 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

My favourite of these is picture 12....but don't ask me why....probably nothing to do with composition....just my taste!!!And because that green is one of my fave colours....I like the ones where it shows up bright and clear.So not a lot of help really!!

Rachel said...

I like 19 and 20 best. I think the lemon looks better close up because you can see its texture and it doesn't look to shiny

Cheri said...

My favorite shot is #13 (and very similar #9) because I like the close up of the lemon contrasted against the green fabric and that the water is magnifying something behind it. Unfortunately in these two, the water glass really gets lost, so I'm focusing on two rather than three things.

Of the clear "threesome" shots, my favorite is #12. It is bright, clear, well focused.

SarahLP said...

13, 16 and 20 are my faves. I like the clarity of the lemon's texture in 13 and 20. I like 16 because the lemon seems to disappear behind the glass. I rather like 15 too - something about its suggestive shape is quite comical.

jen the scrap said...

I really like the one on the forum I think it is last one...I actually said "wow" when I looked at it as great colour contrast and love the angle of the glass from above which creates so much depth and movement inside the glass...brilliant now I need to get inspired!!

Elisabeth Costa said...

LOve the last one...which you have posted on the forum too:) I wonder what it would like in black and white.....ohh..and possibly just leaving the lemon the yellow?!! I am not very Photoshop savy so not sure how easy this would be to do. I think having it in blackand white would really highlight the different textures and light/shadows you have in your photo..very cool piece!!

JO SOWERBY said...

i like the final picture looking down on the lemon, glass and napkin mainly because it's an unusual view. all the elements seem to fit together best in that one.
Jo xxxx
ps the colours are g8 together

Fiona said...

Love the last one too!

Cheryl said...

I love the last 1 as well Mel x

Amy said...

Mel, I love the colour combination you have chosen for this prompt - they look fresh and inviting.
In row 1 I like the middle shot because of the good strong colour and I think it would be edited well and you could really saturate the colour and lighten just a little - I'm saying this because I do that with most of my shots and that's how I look at photos now!
Row 5 the right shot. I really like the angle on this one. I like how the glass is not overly dominant but subtly there and I like the lines of the napkin contrasted with the shape of the lemon.
Row 7, right - this is the shot from the forum and I like this one too. As was discussed in the forum, perhaps the lighting needs to be a little balanced or offset so that there isn't too much shadow - having said that, have you tried making it a B&W - shadows work well in B&W.
Great job Mel, I need to find three innate objects now myself!

Maria Ontiveros said...

My two favorites are the last one and the fourth from the end - they have the most energy. Some of the others seem a little static to me or disconnected. Also, in some of them (i.e. 15 and 16) the lemon gave me a wierd feeling b/c it started to look a bit like a breast (hope that's not TMI!)
Rinda

Anesha said...

I love the third from the top, far right! The composition is great and so is the light. Have fun.

jillconyers said...

My favorites are the first and third shots in the last row. Both use such creative composition/angles, clear and great contrast.

Deb said...

Hi Mel ~ I'm partitial to the very close up shots myself. I love to see the texture on the lemon, and very little background space. Well done on posting your assignments! I have some catching up to do!

Karen said...

I like the first and last photos in the last row as well. I'm wondering if you had a white background in the first row of photos if that would help tie the three items together.

Karen said...

I like the first and last photos in the last row as well. I'm wondering if you had a white background in the first row of photos if that would help tie the three items together.