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October 17, 2017

My Still Life Folder Grows…

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Following yesterday’s post, whilst our Breda hosts are busy preparing dinner I take more photographs, inside and outside. There are spring plants to test my close up skills, and some white flowers outside in a pot that catch my eye. I try different angles and crop out different bits; my Still Life folder grows.

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March 11, 2017

Getting A Very Creamy Ten Out Of Ten!

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Finding ourselves visiting “Ijsboerderij Labora“, a Texel dairy farm that makes it’s own ice-cream, guaranteed that our 2016 Easter trip was going to have one, less than conventional pre-main course entrée.

The range of flavours in the long freezer cabinet had everyone deliberating on their perfect combination of flavours.

I didn’t get photographs of our selections simply because the kids disappeared outside with theirs and the adults inside were so busy getting down to ice-cream  demolition that slow-poke moi at the end of the queue arrived to find most the evidence already gone.

Needless to say the ice-creams were very good indeed. I also liked that there was an indoor sitting area, not large but a very welcome resting spot  after my tour of the play area.

Additionally, a large cupboard with locally made Texel products meant that we could take a few small gifts back for my Mother in law, I choose small pots of lanolin to massage into her hands since her skin was often very dry. I also attempted a few “Still life with tulips” photographs, not the best but ok reference material if I want it for a sketch one day. The wind may be cutting and fierce  today but that’s not stopping everyone from giving this outing a very creamy ten out of ten!

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November 30, 2016

To Bee Or Not To Bee … Is Not The Question On This Occasion!

Sometimes you have to improvise when you are trying to photograph nature close by but don’t have access to much of it because you don’t have a garden. I happened to have my camera on hand when we went out to dinner with close friends one evening this summer, and got lucky when a bee visited some flowers close to the outside table where we were sitting. I’m allergic to bees and wasps but this one was so busy with the flowers and setting the zoom onto maximum allowed me to get close without getting too close. I’ve always struggled with photographs of flowers so these pics are a big step forward in my learning process and I’m delighted with the results. To bee or not to bee… that is not the question on this occasion!

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September 16, 2016

Improving In Miniscule Steps…

Filed under: ART,attempting Still Life,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,TRIER — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Last summer whilst visiting Trier in Germany I once again tried to take an “Art” photograph.

Reader “Katrina” gave me some excellent advice a few days ago about changing the aperture so that the bicycle in that picture (the focal point of the photograph) is in focus and the background goes out of focus.

Now I would like to ask some advice about composition.

Once again the focal point of the image is a bicycle, this one has a front basket full of flowers and is standing on it’s own in the main square.

The building on the corner behind it has really interesting architectural features so first I wanted to include it, but after reflecting on Katrina’s advice I think it would be better out of focus so that the shadow if the bicycle on the cobblestones comes more into focus.

That leaves “composition” and I’m not certain if the portrait photo is better than the landscape one, and if in the landscape ones the bicycle is better in the centre of the image or to one side? (in this case to the left). Which photograph do you think shows off the shadow of the bike the best?
I know that I will still be a “point-and-shoot” photographer and that in reality I never have time to pose shots or linger for long. Using crutches means that carrying a tripod is next to impossible unless I have been dropped off by car and am in one spot for a long time. I’m interested in improving my point-and-shoots but like my walking ….in miniscule steps.

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Trier / Germany

February 16, 2013

Still Life… Work in Progress…

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I’m still getting to grips with my DSLR camera and on the few occasions when I actually get around to experimenting, I am reminded of how far I down the learning curve I still am.

I’m not much further with getting the focus right and composition isn’t yet a strong point, although I am trying a few new angles now and again.

Last summer when apricots happened for a change to taste as good as they looked and were also a  reasonable price  (apricot facts that in my experience can not just be taken for granted here in Europe as they can in New Zealand) I sent Himself on a shopping mission and he came back with about five kilo’s of  apricots, most of which ended up as pie filling which was duly stashed in my freezer.

These apricots were very photogenic, and intrigued as I am about light and Dutch Old Masters, I thought at the time that I’d attempt an Old Master style composition of my own.

Work in progress… next time I will use the tripod and change the background by rigging up something more interesting, but it was at last an attempt. Still Life with Apricots…

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December 9, 2012

These Models Really Are Delectable!

Filed under: ART,attempting Still Life,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In my efforts to ignore Winter in the hope that it really isn’t happening , I decided to make a post about Summer.

One of my favourite things about summer is the vast array of summer fruits and veggies, sweet and tempting.

Himself goes regularly to the Haagse Markt and in the summer months I always jot down “fruit- LOTS”   on the backboard shopping list in the kitchen.

Himself is now well trained in the necessity of getting figs, apricots, currents, raspberries, peaches etc in their prime and whilst it’s sometimes pot-luck: (i.e. no apricots in the markt yet maybe next week, huge price  iffy quality, or  they look past it” , sometimes we get lucky.

On this particular market day Himself came in with a grin and said “I think you are going to like these today!” and deposited several bags on the dining room table. He was right, not just ripe delicious fruit, but also so photogenic that it I almost wanted to only keep them to photograph and not eat them.

Almost.

It was time to release my inner Vermeer, or even better still my inner van Aelst. Willem van Aelst was a Dutch old master who painted several of my favourite still life paintings  one of which is “Fruit Still Life with a Snail ” painted in 1649.

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I arranged the fruit on a plate, put the camera onto zoom and tried my luck.

I was fairly happy with the results at the time, but now I’m a little critical: I think I should have ditched the plate and used a large flowing white tablecloth, more in keeping with the Old Masters style, and along the same lines I should have figured out some way to have a deep dark background whilst still keeping the fruit the radiant centre of attention.

I also see that the “atmosphere” I was looking for is more apparent when looking at the close up photos from a small distance rather than from too close by. Clearly I have things to work on… but one thing is clear, cherries, the flat Spanish peaches, apricots and figs are most welcome to attend another sitting next Summer. These models really are delectable.

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