Thursday, February 25, 2010

Beginning of a Series

I've started a new series on Flickr, called "Motionless." It features still life photos in monochrome. To help the photos feel more like they are part of a set, they all have a subtle lilac tint and a vignette. For this reason, I suspect most (if not all) of them will be center-composed, but I can't be sure yet as I haven't taken more than one so far. Here's the first.

click to enlarge, or see it on Flickr
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 5 seconds
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 29 mm

I think I may finally have fixed the problem I was having with terrible compositions. This one may be slightly boring (centered subject), but it's not breaking a bunch of rules at least, and there are no obnoxious lines leading away from the focus.

I'm pretty excited for this set to grow. I'm hoping to really expand my horizons here in still-life photography, monochrome photography, and composition.

And don't worry: no more pottery still-lifes :) And I won't be tracking the set on this blog, so you'll still see a variety of photography types.


  1. Do you have a circular polarizer filter? I find it useful on these types of photos as well. Personally, I like to try to cut down on the reflections, but that may not be what you trying to achieve.

  2. I love all the pottery photos! I actually like this centered, and I think the vignette helps it not look so centered, if that makes sense.

  3. @Gallow: I almost answered "yes" to the question about a polarizer. Then I remembered that the polarizer I have is 52 mm, which is the size of my lens tube thing on my PowerShot A590 IS. So for the Rebel, I don't have one yet.

  4. Very nice tones within the pottery itself. Also within the deep shadows and highlights. I have to keep remembering to get a CPL!! By the way, this link is one of those phone-cam photo blogs (linked off of Gallow's page). There are some amazing photos on here:


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