Saturday, April 3, 2010

photo assignment: composition and perspective

Recently, some blogging friends, Camilla and Carolyn, started a fun blog, C&C Photography where they will post weekly photography challenges. This week's challenge was: composition and perspective. And I have to say...this was a fun one! I really enjoyed this challenge...and I really liked my subject...the old biscuit cutters I got at the yard sale last weekend for 50 cents!
So...here you go. Biscuit cutters...as I see them.
#1: As the eye sees it...

#2: bird's eye view...

#3: up close...

#4: off center...
#5: out of focus...

...and one extra...because I liked it...
And I just have to tell you this story...
Yesterday afternoon I looked out the window and realized the lighting would be great for this project. So I went into the kitchen to have myself a little photo challenge! As I was setting things up for the challenge...laying out the unbleached, muslin towel...laying out the old, rusty biscuit cutters...my husband watched with a puzzled look on his face. But after I took my first shot and looked at the screen on the back of my camera with him peering over my shoulder he said, "You definitely have an eye for this because I wasn't seeing it. Then I saw that picture and thought 'hey, those things are cool!'."
I'm thinking that was the best compliment ever.

26 comments:

Jane said...

Lovely photos. I never seen such an item, but it looks so nice. My favorite photo is the bird view. Happy Easter.

Mari said...

You do have an eye for this....see, you ARE CREATIVE! Oh so talented. Thanks for sharing. I just snap and shoot, and hope for the best. Ha.

Patricia said...

Ha, there you are Michelle....
right on time ;)
You made beautiful pictures!
Biscuit cutters? I've never seen them before.

HAPPY EASTER =:0)

Camilla~ Bloom said...

Simplicity...first thing that comes to mind, beautiful how you make the negative space really work for you. Great contrast between the "silvery shiney" and the matt white tablecloth...the textures add another element.
Nice work Michelle.
I am glad you joined in..I also want to wish you and your family a Happy Easter.
xo

Stephanie said...

I'm so glad you used the biscuit cutters!!! They are wonderful photographic subjects. I agree with Camilla...nice contrasts here. The light is heavenly and the compositions just really flow to naturally. Thanks for the loveliness :)
And....happy, happy Easter!

dmoms said...

i like the off center one best. i tend to take my pictures that way. maybe because i am a little off-centered myself.

happy easter

maccandace said...

Those are interesting, who would think they would make such a fine subject...but they do, very photogenic! Simple, as Camilla said, but very attractive. Good buy, too. Happy Easter.

heather said...

they really are cool, and you totally made them look that way. i want to make some biscuits now.

i really like your first photo the best. i keep realizing i am much more drawn to the simple photos today.

Earth Mama said...

Love your props there. What fun shapes and designs they make together. My favorite shot is the negative space one, and the out of focus one almost makes me dizzy trying to "see" it.

:)Lisa

Beegirl said...

Not only did I enjoy your lovely photos, but now you've got me craving BISCUITS..
darn...
: ))

lucy said...

oh i particularly like the bird's eye view with the entwined circles and strong shadow. what a nice set. and what a nice husband for not only recognizing your talent but telling you about it. :)

very nice work!

Neuroknitter said...

Old biscuit cutters and a muslin cloth...perfect combo!! Great series!! I really like that top down image.

Carolyn Parker said...

Michelle, Very nice, all of them. The blurred image is neat. You might enjoy angling the actual camera for some shots in the future.

t does wool said...

nice light and great creative subject~

Jane said...

ahhh, what a nice husband. I love the unfocused one...giving us a hint of what else might be in the kitchen. Happy Spring!

Knittymama said...

What a great compliment. He was right, it all came together beautifully!

Linda said...

I love the out of focus shot and its so nice that you have an encouraging husband!

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simplyussix said...

I really liked these! all of them. What an interesting object. Your hubby was right, what a good eye!

Erin Wallace said...

These are wonderful! I love the simplicity of your subject, and the light is wonderful! The off-center is my favorite, but, like I said, they are all beautiful!

Christina said...

yes, your husband, so got it! i love that. and your comp is awesome. i love that you used these cutters.
Xo

gonzomama said...

i really like your subject choice and the backdrop. so clean and simple. the shadows add so much to the photos, too. love the out of focus one.

and yes, i agree about the compliment! i bet you were walking on air : )

Yvonne said...

I love it that you found a subject that on first glance puzzles :) And I totally get what your husband said - it takes a talented eye to find beauty in simple utensils... Beautiful photos: love the bird's eye, the close-up and the off-center best. I LOVE what you did here!!

Clare B said...

What a great compliment from your husband. I love your choice of subject too - taking something useful and not usually considered 'art' and turning it into something beautiful. I think my favourite is the bird's eye view.

Once Upon A Parent said...

Oh my these are so wonderful. I LOVE the simplicity of these. You absolutely need to sell these. Can't you just see them in someone's kitchen or as a card for someone who loves to cook? You were so right...the lighting was perfect!

Annie

Nancy said...

I think hubby is right. You DO have an eye for this.

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