Where I felt very uncomfortable and pushed into imaginary boundaries with last week's Frugal Still Life assignment I am feeling more open and relaxed about it this week. I'm realizing that I've done a teeny tiny bit of still life photography in the past I just didn't realize it and now I have this gracious opportunity to learn. I can surrender myself to change and growth and have joy in it.
So that is what I did this week.
I pulled out my nail polish and enjoyed seeing the bottles full of color all clustered in one spot.
I think I tend to gravitate to white space. I like the calm it can give to a picture or the drama it adds to the subject being photographed.
Although, I really like the reflection that shows up in the group photograph. It was hard to get the writing on the bottles to be clear with the way the light glared on them and the thickness of the glass. If I had a longer depth of field to get the writing to come out clear for all the bottles the background would not be as unobtrusive. Any suggestions on what I might have done differently?
I tried it again almost taking the same pictures only this time I placed a piece of white cardboard behind the bar counter in an attempt to block the refrigerator, the cupboards, and the dining room door in the background.
I think I like the second photo of the fewer bottles and white space better than the first photo. I think it's because the angle of the bottles seems more pleasing to the eye and they fill the space a little better.
But I not quite as happy with this photo of the complete group as well as the first one that has all the background in a shallow depth of field. In the second photo of all the nail polish the white background seems so stark.
What do you think?