Sunday, April 08, 2007

Yum Yum 2

Another take on the last subject - the coffee cups and jug still life in a Parisian café. I just wanted to mention a couple of things to bear in mind when taking still lifes.

First of all, the subject itself should be interesting in some way. That way could be the colours, the shapes, the atmosphere they evoke and others. In this case the colours are very basic - more or less black and white some tones of grey, and the rich orangy-brown of the croissant. There is silver as well of course, in the spoon and the jug, but silver in fact reflects the colours around it, so doesn't count in a way! Look carefully and you'll see what I mean. (It's also something to remember when you don't want a lovely picture of you taking the photo perfectly reflected in some shiny object or other where people will say 'Oh look - it's you!'

It's also important to keep things simple. Here I've zoomed in so that there is no extraneous 'noise' at all. You can't see the edge of the table at any place, which gets rid of the disturbance of chairs, bags, bits of legs and hands, cigarette butts and so on. It also gives a very pure picture where you can concentrate on the nice circular forms and imagine what a delicious croissant and tasty cup of coffee and lovely sunny morning that must have been... and it was!!! Can't you just see this simple but expressive shot in a tourist brochure or on the cover of my next book..? No? Oh well, I'll keep on trying!

Here are the Aussie ladies again - thanks for a great tour ladies - I'm looking forward to seeing your pics!

© 2007 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free

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