life in black and white | march. . .


An artichoke! Right. . . so this month I decided that instead of chasing after a child that I would instead photograph a willing subject. I thought an artichoke with it's abundance of texture might make for interesting black + white still life photos. Food photography is, of course; usually in color but I thought that these worked well despite the lack of color. This was a good learning experience in that I got to really focus on light and shadow. I love photographing the kiddo - she's kind of my muse and the reason I picked up a camera again. It just gets frustrating always sometimes when I see perfect light but can't convince her to stand a certain way or whatever to make my "vision" work. The dog seems to be of the same mind so I think once in a while I'm just going to raid the fridge when I feel like having a stress free photo session. 

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14 comments:

  1. Don't you just love the uniqueness of artichokes? We grow them in our garden and I love to let them go to flower!

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  2. Love this Vanessa, it's so perfect and captures the subject beautifully! Reminds me of that artichoke joke, ahahah

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  3. These definitely work! it shows off the form of the artichoke.

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  4. Cool light and shadow you captured on that artichoke! I love your processing on it as well!

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  5. Wow what a great idea. I love your subject and the comps in these. Great conversions too.

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  6. Makes me smile. Love your willing subject!

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  7. Vanessa, these are awesome! I love your conversion, the light, the texture of the artichoke, and your composition. Beautiful! I bet it was nice to have a subject sit still for awhile! :)

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  8. Artichoke was a great choice for you. Your use of light is wonderful, there is so much depth & the images have a wonderfully painterly feel.

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  9. Woah, Vanessa! These are absolutely beautiful. The light is just gorgeous and highlights the texture so well! Wonderful work!

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  10. Love the artichoke pictures! The way of shadow and light.. it works very gently together, like on the old photos which I love :)

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  11. this is so beautiful. I'm not a photographer, but sometimes I see the light hitting my girls in a certain way and wish they would just stay still, and that I had the skills to capture it just like that. And artichoke actually does a great job of modeling though. haha. It's really pretty!

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  12. I love this kind of light. Its my favorite which is good because my kitchen has one small window!!

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  13. I never knew an artichoke could be so beautiful.

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  14. i love this! If i had space on my walls I would hang this in my kitchen.

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