Still Life on a Sunday

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
– Victor Hugo –

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As I write this blog post for Sunday, it is snowing fiercely in NJ.  We are expecting between 8 and 12 inches.  My last post, we were expecting snow also, however, that did not amount to much.  This storm promises to pack a punch.  I am truly not a winter person, I find it so cold and I don’t mean just the temperature.  Most of the scenery is barren, colorless and lifeless.  Snow, however does brighten the scenery up, even for a short while.  What I am always amazed at is the extreme quiet that snow brings.  If you live in a warm climate, where you do not get much snow, maybe you have not experienced the quiet a snow storm brings.  For those who live where we get snow, then you certainly know what I am referring to.

In today’s photograph I tried to show the warmth of my home compared to the cold, snowy weather outside.  I am truly enjoying the old teacup and my new teapot, thinking of new ideas for both items has sparked a fire inside me.  I feel as though these two items represent a warm and relaxing morning on a snowy winter day.  I read recently how candlelight can enhance the warmth of a photograph, so I decided to give it a try.  I also left the lamp on in my studio, which gave the photograph a glow of warm golden light pictured to the right, which balances the golden light given off from the candle.  I also thought the shadows played a very large part in making this still life composition work.  The shadows give the photograph a nice balance from the bright light coming in from the windows.  And, to cheer up this winter day, of course, I had to incorporate my vase of daisies, which have a beautiful bright pink bow tied on the vase for a pop of spring like color.

Thanks for visiting with us, and if you would like to view more of my work please visit me here.  Until next time … Deb


This simple garden pot with the sky blue flowers, trimmed in black, was hand painted by a very talented young woman I met several years ago. Today is the day for this sweet little pot to be photographed. Jessica has so much talent. This is one of her earlier pieces. She’s doing so many more things with her art these days. You can see some of her current work at Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles CA or Cowgirl Cafe in Atascadero CA.

My art has taken such a different shape than when I started in photography so many years ago. Art is something that evolves and even changes with the seasons. This is a season of being indoors and working with limited natural light coming in through the dimly lit windows that the winter days can bring.

As I put this little set up together I was going for simplicity. I took my first shot and wasn’t completely satisfied with it. The first one was taken in the middle of the day and it was dark out now, so I set it up again and was going to wait for the light, but then decided to add light myself. I am in love with how it turned out. A few simple Christmas lights added just the perfect touch this photo needed!

Camera Settings: 50 mm, 1/180, f/1.8, ISO 1600

My website it here if you want to look at more of what I do.

Carolyn

 

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