Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stillness

I have been taking the 'My Still Sunday' photography class with Kim Klassen and have been inspired by her encouragement and lovely personality she radiates.
Her backdrop recently used (and no doubt a favourite) is a rustic wooden table and although I desperately wanted some barn board another idea came to mind - burlap! Years ago I had some but couldn't find one scrap of it left. However, as we all know things tend to work out. Looking for something else I found a burlap bag that popcorn had come in and with the stitching removed and a quick iron I found my natural looking backdrop.
 A Still Forest Life (the thing with holes is a portion of a paper wasp nest that fell from a tree)
Garden Still Life
Kim had mentioned that it would be hard to use a DSLR to capture my intended wide shots yet a phone could do the job nicely. I couldn't agree more, my Apple 5S didn't disappoint and I balanced a sheet of white foam core board on the table in front of the arrangement. Sounds like I know what I'm doing, not really because Kim also used this item to "bounce the light back." In another photo without doing this, the chunk of birch bark was not as detailed.
Still Life Photos are supposed to tell a story, how did I do?
I am excited to share the Christmas edition of RURAL magazine which is now on-line and can be found here

41 comments:

  1. I love the touch of burlap with your pictures! What fun it is to learn new photography techniques! Hope you don't have to stay too many days with the jury. Have a blessed day!

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  2. What a clever and beautiful idea to use burlap for the backdrop. I tend to use lace or wood, but new ideas are always needed since the same ol' thing can get old :)

    I hope all goes well with the jury and it's not too long. Happy hugs to you!

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  3. Gorgeous photos, Judith! Burlap is a great choice, natural and beautiful. There are several good tips in this post. In these dark days, I should remember to use something to bounce the light back...
    Jury selection sounds very interesting. Fortunately I have seen "Runaway Jury", so I know rather well what you are talking about. :)
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  4. I gree, a lovely background. Love the second collage.

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  5. I think the background burlap adds so much to the photos. I'm going to look in my stash of stuff and see if I have some to use. Enjoy the rest of the week! Hugs!

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  6. Interesting your use of the white board. I could use some lessons. Your stills are lovely and the lighting wonderful. Keep up the good work!

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  7. I think it's exciting to learn new techniques in photography, your photos look quite nice and the burlap is a good choice for backdrop. First photo is a pretty collection of 'Natural Autumn Objects' and second photo I should call 'Faded Summer Glory from the Garden'.
    Have a nice weekend and success with the Jury selection.

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  8. Oh Judith, these are outstanding. I am loving venturing into the technique side of photography and am glad to see you are too.

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  9. These are beautiful still lives. I like Janneke's titles for your images! Nicely done, Judith. You are a talented photographer.

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  10. I think you did splendidly, Judith - what a neat class......and I am enjoying learning what you are doing too. Thank you.

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  11. Oh my...the lavender is so pretty. Visiting from Kim Klassen's My Still Sunday Class!

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  12. You've done well, Judith. The woodsy arrangement is so full of varying textures and the burlap adds to it wonderfully.

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  13. I am not sure of the story, but the still lifes are very pleasing. I like the Christmasy winter one best.

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  14. I enjoyed seeing your still life photos, Judith, and using the burlap was a great idea. I'd like to try the trick of using the white foam board to bounce the light back. Thanks for the tip!

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  15. Well, you did a wonderful job! Your thumbnail photo caught my eye on the sidebar. Love the nature still life.. Great tips too. So much beauty to capture in fall. . .

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  16. I think you did a great job Judith. I love all these natural elements from nature against the burlap. Well done! Enjoy the weekend.

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  17. Your photography class sounds fun! I agree with the others that the burlap makes a great background!

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  18. I like them both! I like that you were able to use what you had.

    Deanna

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  19. Rural magaxine is a treat to read.
    Love your natural still life photos. Sounds like a good class to take.

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  20. Looks great and i always love your pictures!

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  21. Your photos are crystal clear, and definitely tell a story, Judith!
    You are a "natural" at this! *wink.
    Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend.
    Debbie
    xo

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  22. The burlap is a great idea. I found some great boards in a "salvage" yard which I use often. I don't know what your lens is, but anything 50mm and under could easily photograph this arrangement. Just put the board & arrangement on the floor so you can photograph from above. If you need to get further away to get everything into the picture try a small step laddar. Have fun!

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  23. I like the burlap background. It makes your pieces really stand out, and how clever about the lighting effect from the white foam board. Lovely photos!

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  24. Beautiful photos Judith, it looks so cold where you are though. The items on the burlap really stand out with that background, all the little details show up clearly. Keep cosy :-)

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  25. Good morning, Judith, your mosaics are lovely and thanks for sharing the online magazine. Thanks for hosting, I wish you a happy week ahead!

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  26. Lovely photos, Judith. Your mosaics are always beautiful. I am glad to join you today.
    Thank you for our host.

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  27. Dearest Judith; Wonderful photographs from nature which still has life♡♡♡ I have to check the word 'burlap' :-) It sure is working as the fantastic background♬♬♬
    Thank you SO much for hosting and wonderful post.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

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  28. Oh my we have stacks of burlap bags downstairs (used for olive harvest here) and did I ever think to use any as a backdrop until now! Great post, Judith!

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  29. I am looking forward to seeing your still life photos when they are completed, Judith. Rural magazine is a work of art! Love the photographs and pure poetry of the text within.

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  30. Beautiful Judith....I have never really attempted still life photos but you are inspiring me...may need to do that this winter. And your stories in RURAL are fabulous my friend!!

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  31. I think these are lovely, Judith, and the burlap adds a wonderful backdrop for them. I love the names Jenneke gave each one. Thank you for sharing with us and joining me for No Place Like Home. Have a lovely week.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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  32. Kim has wonderful classes. I think you did a great job. Love all the different colors and textures.

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  33. Your still lives are beautiful, Judith! And you gathered some wonderful nature finds. I love making still lives myself as well. Wishing you a beautiful day and thank you so much for hosting Mosaic Monday!

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  34. The burlap certainly does the trick of tying all these nature treasures together. I think you told your "story" very well through these photos. The images are very clear. We always had burlap oat bags that I often used for crafts when I was a kid (until they changed to plastic bags). I like the slogan on the magazine cover "it's not where you live, but how". Did you contribute to this issue Judith?
    ~Wendy

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  35. Hello Judith,
    Your class sounds really wonderful. You did a beautiful job creating your nature story. The burlap adds lovely texture without taking all the attention. Beautiful!
    Hugs
    Terri

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  36. Beautiful pictures Judith! The burlap was a brilliant idea -- necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. And the Rural magazine is beautiful. I love the winter picture of yours in there with the bridge.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you! Blessings, Deborah

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  37. Beautiful pictures Judith, the burlap is inspired! The rural magazine pictures are LOVELY though I am not ready for snow "in person."

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  38. Judith, What lovely photos! I do like the burlap ... a perfect backdrop. And I'm enjoying the Rural e-magazine, the photos are exquisite, now I'm working my way through the articles.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend...
    Brenda

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  39. What lovely photos, and I'm impressed by your creativity in rescuing the burlap from the bag!

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