Spoons and Presets

I belong to a little photo group in AAUW (Association of American University Women), which is composed of photographers of all levels.  Each month, one or two members research a topic and prepare a presentation on a photography topic of interest to the group.  There is also a photo sharing time, which usually relates to the presentation from the time before.  This month, we are all to bring in a photo or photos of a toy or beloved object.  Because I’m also doing the presentation this month (on posing groups of people), I almost forgot about photographing a beloved object.  However, I’ve been intending to again photograph spoons from my grandmother’s collection of souvenir coffee spoons (which are indeed among my most beloved possessions), so I took some time to take a couple still life shots to print for our meeting.

The spoons are mostly from the 1890’s and early 1900’s, when my grandmother, Mimi, was just a girl (she was born in 1888).  I believe some of the older spoons may have belonged to her mother.  Mimi was born and raised in Chicago, so several of the spoons are from Chicago World Fairs.

I was in the mood to use some of Kim’s presets when editing, so here are three images, each edited with a different preset.

20150217-DSC_2800_melinda_andersonedited with kk_chocolate preset (71%)


20150217-DSC_2797_melinda_andersonedited with kk_daysofold preset


edited with kk_darkdays preset 




4 responses

  1. What a treasure, I bet these are really awesome close up and in person. You will have to show me when I come up one of these days. I love what you have done here and oh that darkdays preset I love how dreamy it is.

    February 19, 2015 at 5:14 am

  2. Gorgeous!

    February 19, 2015 at 7:23 am

  3. Susan

    Sweet 💐

    February 19, 2015 at 7:25 am

  4. Oh my … what beautiful spoons, Melinda! and I absolutely love what the presets did for them – so gorgeous!

    February 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm

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