A bit ago, I showed you all some Photoshop projects from my past life on a website that is going dark at the end of September. Another type of contest sponsored by that site was Photography. I learned so much though the various challenges and from the other artists. I’ve have a long ways to go, but I feel competent with the skills required for to get nice quality shots.Total I had over 120 photos. I picked out some to show you that are my favorites for one reason or another.
Drugs are Bad, M’Kay
This is one of the first photos that I took that I didn’t see as a snapshot. I really thought about the composition and colors. I think it tells a very clear and strong story.
I so love this one! I used a big old piece of poster board with poked holes and my daughter’s plastic moon. The blue color is done in camera using some unexpected white balance and exposure adjustments.
This one was so much fun! The challenge was to take a photo with the crappiest camera you can find. I used a very old 1MP cell phone to grab this image of a Halloween display at Micheal’s.
The challenge was white on white. I picked all white crayons because I found the idea of crayons without color very interesting. This remains one of my favorite photos even though it wasn’t well received.
Two Red Sticks
Another minimalist challenge. The theme was “two sticks”. I do love this one and think one day it might make a nice wall hanging. Maybe one day soon!
Clearly I lost interest in this one, I only finished four of the twelve months and I would argue that the fourth was forced and not so great. Overall, I love the idea. I still have my sketches for the other months, maybe one day I’ll go back and fill them in.
Meet one of my prize possessions, a Michigan J Frog cookie jar. I love this thing and I love this picture. It was the first time I tried a crop like this I was so happy with result. I think one has directly contributed to my overall minimal-like style.
A little lighting practice
I tried a few “product photos”. Both of these have special meaning to me and I really like the photos.
This one just makes me smile. The process of attacking broccoli with hot glue is just plain fun. It is another picture that I see the story I intended to tell in it. You all know how I love a story!
One of my only attempts at Black and White photos. I love this one because it isn’t an egg at all, it is the back side of a Jim Shore pink flamingo sculpture.
Phew ~ I’m tired now, so I bet you are too! I I’m always surprised when I look back at some previous work. It never fails, something I thought that wasn’t so special turns out to be something that molded my vision and my eye, for better or worse.
Which ones do you like (or hate)? Have you dipped into artistic photography? As always, I’d love to see!