|“still life photography does not have to be of fruit and flowers!” says Photo Tuts+.|
These rocks aren’t all that mysterious. In fact, I know what they are. Do you? (tiles are 12” x 12”)
I’ve been reading about still-life photography, and was eager to try it. My goal was to compose an artsy shot of the curious rocks, with typical still life objects of similar color and texture in the background. These would be slightly out of focus. The results were very clear in my head, but I didn’t quite get there.
|Playing with perspective ... larger objects in distance, smaller object up close.|
Turning to light: “The soft, flat light produced when the sky is overcast and cloudy may be frustrating when shooting outdoors, but it’s perfect for shooting still lifes at home” according to Digital Camera World in a post on still life photography using window light. With a snow storm outside, it was a good day to try it.
Every now and then the sun came out, changing the game. With the window directly in front, objects are fully lit but that can be boring. Side light provides a mix of light and shadow to play with. Also, it’s easier to keep the photographer’s shadow out of the mix.
|Supplemental light can be helpful or interesting. An incandescent bulb added warmth -- interesting maybe, but I didn’t pursue it.|
I like photos with something a bit different, unexpected. Here’s a regular pattern but a rock is missing it seems.
As always, I took lots of shots ... very easy as still lifes don’t move.
|Old and rusty -- this is a hint!|
As to the mysterious rocks -- here's one in situ, not yet weathered out ...
UPDATE: For more on the Navajo sandstone and iron concretions, see the sequel to this post: The largest erg on earth ... ever!