still life

Another Window View

Same photoshoot as my other window shot from a week or so ago, but with the items rearranged and a slightly different look. Thank you to Debbie for giving me this old window to use in my still life shots- so much fun!


Octoberness

Below is a still life I shared with my weekly photo group on Tuesday. I have been in the group over 4 1/2 years now, and it has become an important part of my life. As I prepared this photo for class (on zoom, of course), I remembered that I had created a still life in the same spot in our house (on my father’s antique dental cabinet) for my second photo ever for this group back in 2016. You can see that photo and read about my experience as a new and very nervous member of the group here.¬† I still learn new things every week and am constantly inspired by the group’s creativity and technical skills.


Elements of October

It’s October. Leaves are beginning to fall, pumpkins are in the stores, and we still have flowers!


Autumn Mood

I’m in the mood for fall, so I created a pumpkin still life today.


At My Feet

Thinking back to our beach walks in February- I spotted this little still life at my feet one day.


Reflecting Words

 

I’ve posted photos of this book of sermons by my great-grandfather, Rev. Andrew J. Mowatt, previously here, but yesterday I took a few more for a photo assignment for my AAUW photography group. I’ve learned a lot about Rev. Mowatt since my¬†original post, including the fact that he authored at least FOUR books based on his sermons. This particular book was based on sermons he delivered at St. Paul’s Presbyterian¬† Church in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Andrew J. Mowatt was the son of the immigrant Thomas Mowatt whom I wrote about a week or so ago.

 

 

 

 


Spotlight

The window light seems to have created a spotlight effect on the table in this hydrangea still life- as well as a bit of a refracted image of the grandfather clock which was behind.

Painterly effects added with Topaz Impression


Hydrangea!

I took some time during the football playoffs last weekend to do some textures and still life photography. This photo was taken right by the TV during the Kansas City/Houston game (I love Patrick Mahomes…) and, although the photo may look peaceful and serene, I was likely cheering and possibly even yelling. Who me?


Create!

I haven’t been out yet taking photos, except for a few documenting our snowfall, but I have started a new project. I am taking an online class in making textures to use in photography! So far I have created a set of textures painted with acrylic paint (still have to scan most into my computer) and a set of photographs of the textures on my cookie sheets and pizza stone. I used textures from both sets in the image below.

 


Reflection Number 3

A minimalist take on the assignment


Reflection Number 1

My little AAUW photo group is meeting this week, and the topic is reflections. Each month we send 4-6 photos to the leader, and then they are displayed on a large screen in a room at the library. Later they are on the website for AAUW Prescott. I got a few photos together for the topic, but also decided to do some still life photography emphasizing reflections.

Here’s one with my baby cup! I tried to shine it up, but ended up having to rely on the dining room table for the reflection.


12 Hour Hydrangeas

I bought these hydrangeas at Costco- and within 12 hours they had all wilted. I managed to get this still life photos and a couple macros, but that was it!


Final Series

This is the week my photo series is due. I abandoned my alone-in-a-crowd beach series and opted for the very simple wabi sabi series. Each photo illustrates one (or more) aspect of wabi sabi. Such basic photos are not the norm in this very advanced group, so I hope I don’t get in trouble!

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Impermanence and Imperfection

The frayed edges of these old books illustrate imperfection and impermanence with the passage of time. Time and use have softened the edges, but their beauty remains.


Natural

Continuing on with my little wabi-sabi series, here is an image illustrating natural.