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Saturday, October 11, 2014

a personal photo challenge ~ still life




Hi there.  Although I don't usually post back to back posts I had forgotten that I wanted to join A Personal Photo Challenge today being hosted by Donna at her blog "Cottage Days and Journeys".  Thank you Donna for hosting this monthly meme where we are challenged to be creative with our photography.  I love taking landscape photos but I also enjoy the artistic side of still life art, the theme for this month's challenge.  Thankfully I had spent some time this past week preparing some still life photos.  The first two were done in my home and the third one was taken at Kings Landing last September.

I got out my piece of barn board and placed it on a small table in front of the living room window one morning.  This window faces east and gets great natural light in the morning.  I used my Nikon D5200 on the auto/no flash setting.  I wanted to capture the shiny apple, the texture of the slices and the grain of the wood in the cutting board and the barn board.  I did not edit this one at all.

This photo consists of a stone vase.  These vases are made in Nova Scotia and I love them as they come in different sizes, colours and of course, stones.  I like to cut spent seed heads of purple coneflower in fall for a couple of vases.  Three fit perfectly in this one.  I simply laid the vase down on the barn wood.  I did edit this one slightly in Picasa using the lomo-ish setting to bring out the textures in the stone, seed heads and wood.  

This photo was taken with my old Canon Powershot last September at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.  Auto setting.   I edited it a bit in Picasa to lighten it slightly to enhance the darkness at the bottom and left of the photo.  I love the red geraniums against the green grass and, of course, the view.


Please feel free to visit or join us at Donna's Personal Photo Challenge.  There is a different theme each month

Have a blessed weekend.

Pam

43 comments:

  1. Nice job on your photos - They're all good, but I really favor that middle one.

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  2. Pamela, these are gorgeous. I can't choose a favorite but the apple one makes me hungriest! Nothing says autumn quite like fresh apples!

    Thanks for a kindred-chuckle with your stop on my porch this morning...I KNOW!! these blogs can be such a distraction;)

    Wishing you and your a blessed Thanksgiving weekend as well.

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  3. Stunning! Had to pin the apples against the cutting board and then the wood...marvelous!

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  4. I love them all..couldn't pick a favorite. :)

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  5. Sometimes we get caught up on the scernery outdoors and the garden that we forget the beauty inside. Very nicely done.

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  6. the barn board is wonderful for those shots. :)

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  7. Hi Pam! I agree that the barn board makes a great back drop. Nice job!

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  8. Ooh...beautiful, Pam...these are all really nice...I see we both had apples on our mind :) I love that you sliced yours in half and took the photo from the top...just lovely. Old barn siding makes a great backdrop for just about anything.

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  9. This was a pleasant challenge, wasn't it? I like the piece of barn board which lends a nice rustic background to your subjects for the still life shots.

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  10. Wonderful Challenge and such lovely calming subjects. Your apple turned out just the way you wanted, light and grain all beautiful. I have one of those stone vases in my garden and forgot to bring it in, I hope it makes it through the winter. I love old barn boards and they make great subjects for sure. I'll have to get a list of meme's so I can write them out and look forward to finding subjects to blog about along my trip so I don't get blog rot. Great stills

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  11. All great pix, Pam....the dried heads is my favorite...:)JP

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  12. These are great photos, Pamela - I like the light and the warmth in the apple photo. The seed photo has a lot of texture, and the last one - just plain pretty. Bright geraniums in a window are classic.

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  13. Very nice photos. I love the classic apple shot. All three are wonderful to look at.

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  14. Simply beautiful....

    Tessa~
    "Here there be musing"

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  15. I love the textures in the cone flower photo! It has movement, depth, and beautiful color. Thank you for sharing iwth us! xxDazee

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  16. Pam these are all lovely. I'm so glad we get to include three different photos if we want, because then we can see more beauty! Hope you're having a nice weekend and enjoying some good weather,

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  17. Those are some great looking photos, Pam. I hope you are doing well, just popping by to say to "HI"!

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  18. That last shot in particular is lovely, Pam.

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  19. Your photos are lovely, Pam. The colours are so vibrant. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving to you too, my friend!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  20. I'm so glad that you took the time to write up another post and jump into this month's challenge. These are are lovely examples of still life. The texture and color of the first two photos are terrific. The focus on the second one is especially beautiful. And the last one is a colorful scene that showcases backlighting. Well done on that exposure setting!

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  21. Lovely photos nice and clear, something I have trouble with.
    Merle...........

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  22. Nice photos Pamela . . .
    Love the cone flower and wood textures together . . .

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  23. Pam, your pics are GORGEOUS. I think I need to head over there and join in the fun.

    Thank you for visiting! : - )

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  24. Those are gorgeous Pamela!! It shows so beautifully that the art is in the artist. You are quite the artist:-)

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  25. I am smitten with all of your still life photos! Red geraniums make me swoon. I love the apple shot for its color and texture. And the texture of the wood in the vase photo makes a perfect background. Well done!

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  26. great photos.
    and many thanks for visiting mine too!

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  27. Just wonderful - you accomplished all you set out to do - love the textures and colors.

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  28. Lovely pics Pamela - I so enjoy seeing the different rustic woods, and the lighting on the apples certainly makes me want to take a bite.

    Glad you joined in the challenge again this month.
    Mary x

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  29. I think you know how I feel about your photos but that apple picture just blew me away!!!! It would look so good hanging in my kitchen. I just have a feeling that I would like to take a bite out of that apple ......right now! LOL! I really like the seed pods from the coneflower and the geraniums in the window .....well, anything old looking is right up my alley. I really love them all. Good job. You are very creative with your camera!

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  30. Love the creative ideas especially the apples sliced.

    http://www.livingfromhappiness.com

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  31. Talk about crisp! Those apples are amazingly appetizing. Really, Pamela, I feel like they're right in front of me! I remember the geranium photo from last year, and love the light shining through them. The vase/coneflower shot is very pretty for the detailed texture in the subjects. So enjoyed these still lifes.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xo
    Poppy

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  32. They are all so lovely, I love the way that you have really brought out the textures in the objects in the way that you photographed them - just as you had hoped! xx

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  33. All lovely photos. The last one brings back memories of our visit to King's Landing many years ago.
    Looks like you have some beautiful fall foliage in N.B.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Carolyn

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  34. Happy Thanksgiving Pam and I hope you had a wonderful day with friends and family. Your photos are so beautiful...you sure have an eye for photography. Hugs - Kathy

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  35. I hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, Pamela. I like all your still life photo. The one with the sliced apple rally appeals to me.

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  36. Hello Pamela. I really like the rustic look of your photos. That barn board makes a perfect backdrop. I'm jealous of it.

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  37. Beautiful still life photos, Pamela! I also like to take photos looking out of windows, and I know it can be difficult to keep the images sharp and get the light right. Your window photo is fabulous!

    Your autumn clor is so pretty ( your prior post) Ours is fading fast!

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  38. I love the window...there's just something about looking out at the scene outside that is special. And this one has pretty things on the windowsill, too! Beautiful photos for the challenge! Hugs, Diane

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