Rolling, Rolling, Rolling. . .

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I treasure little family trinkets from bygone eras and that I have quite a few- being an only child has its rewards! When I started my first Project 365 almost 5 years ago (!), my daughter suggested I photograph the contents of my father’s dental cabinet which houses much of my family’s memorabilia. Over the years, many of the items have been featured, but today I am featuring some trinkets from another family.

My friend, Claudia (who is a fantastic card-maker), has always encouraged me on my photographic journey. When she learned I wanted a dish of  old marbles to photograph (and to display), she gave me some that are from HER family treasures! I have puzzled how to photograph them in an interesting way. I did some shots last month that never made the blog, because they just weren’t appealing.  Last weekend, I tried again.

I got out my trusty macro lens and attempted to set up a simple still life. I discovered that the garage floor isn’t level, as the marbles kept rolling around and off the folding table I use for still life.  I finally set them on my old washboard, which gave a contrasting texture to the smooth roundness of the marbles- and kept them from falling onto the floor.


As I was clicking away, the wind was blowing some of the leaves I had gathered for another still life onto the garage floor- which gave me an idea!


Tucking the marble under one of the leaves on the floor kept it from rolling around. I was lying on my stomach for this shot- a pretty sight indeed!

Expect to see more marble shots sometime in the future. . .

5 responses

  1. The title made me smile thinking of you down on the floor of your garage chasing after those marbles. Love your intention and the final product. Now how did you get up off the garage floor? I know it wouldn’t have been very pretty me getting up.

    October 21, 2015 at 5:26 am

  2. Georgia debaeke

    Love this! Very creative.

    October 21, 2015 at 8:17 am

  3. That last on is simply gorgeous!

    October 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  4. Susan

    These are great!

    October 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  5. Claudia Lowery

    Thanks Melinda for some great shots , no pun intended…

    October 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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