This week I’ve dipped into the kitchen drawer. This gadget it used for scooping olives or pickled cherries, out of a container. I was washing it the other day after scooping the cherries out of a plastic container and noticed that the droplets of water on the metal were interesting. So I stacked up some containers, and rested the scoop on a couple of cans to put it into the sun light and used my 50mm macro on f2.5 to get the best bokeh. However once it was processed it was hard to find a suitable title. We came up with the title of “Light Bowl” and that was what I was going to post. I felt the title was better than the image, which didn’t seem right to me. I kept thinking about how to add something else to improve the image and tell a story, but couldn’t come up with anything suitable. When I looked at the first image I noticed that the top of the bowl had quite a lot of grain which did add something, but nothing quite clicked with it. Then I remembered the threshold slider. What would the grain do under that slider’s influence? Playtime. Bingo!
We spent a lot of 2008 overseas, mostly between Ireland and France, for my husband's work. As usual, if I had my camera and laptop I was happy. I spent much of the time photographing, and processing images.
We arrived in Perpignan, France in August, and left just before Christmas. The late summer turned to Autumn then, very quickly, the temperatures dropped. Winter arrived with a bang. The joy for me was not the weather, with sleet and biting wind, but the fact that it was cold as Perpignan prepared for Christmas. We had never experienced that before. People were rugged up in long coats and hats whereas we, coming from the Southern Hemisphere, were used to shorts, jandals and BBQs. The shops were warm havens and the streets were a pleasure to wander, even in the cold, because they were so beautifully decorated. From the window of our apartment, which looked in two directions, I watched the decorations being installed by the council staff, working high on elevated platforms. They were elegant and beautiful. The apartment was a lucky internet find from New Zealand. It was well furnished and had everything we could have wanted, but the best thing was the location, right on the Place de la Republique, which is the central square (actually oblong in shape) in the old part of Perpignan. We had a continuous view of French life, including a market, just below our windows, 6 days each week. As it was almost Christmas I decided it would be wrong to return to New Zealand without some French Christmas decorations. This image is of one of my favourites. It is one of two, boxed as a pair. Mainly silver but with little touches of gold, it catches the light during the day and at night when we switch the tree lights on. Happy Christmas.
I like the ideas around time flying. When I was young, in my first real job, just out of high school, I worked with a wonderful lady, Ngaio, who used to say something like “Time flies, like a clock in an aeroplane”. Isn’t it interesting how something, so long ago, has stuck with me all those years.
The final image is made up from three images (four if you count the two watch faces). The sky is from the windows of the living room, the plane is a model of a Boeing 737, which belongs to my husband, and the watch face is of a watch I wear often. I deliberately kept the sky soft and the plane sharp to emphasis the "coming at you" feeling.
Thank you Ngaio.
I’ve had an egg timer image in mind for a while now. Our daughter has one which sits on her bench top, behind the cook top. I didn’t know she had one. I don’t have one, and for the time theme I thought it might be fun to find one and make an image using it to illustrate time. I talked about the idea with her and was surprised when she said, “Oh, I’ve got one of those”. It sits in a red frame, which matches other accessories she has in her kitchen. I borrowed it, but the slightly oblong frame meant that I needed to think a bit more about how to present an image, Capturing it solo didn’t fill my self imposed brief of making some composite images. So in the end I used the shape of the frame as inspiration, but transformed the shape to a square, to fit the other self imposed brief of making square images. Goodness. What about a simple life, eh? After setting up my tripod to make sure the framing was ok I then handheld the light. That meant the edges of the frame in each image reflected the light differently, but I quite like the variation. The next thing was to put it all together. Of course, because nothing is simple, I started with the last image I made, placing it top right, not the first, (what was I thinking?), which meant the whole sequence was in reverse. So I scrapped the lot and started again.
This week I’ve made a composite image along the time theme. An eye, with the face of an old pocket watch overlaid, and several experiments to get to this point. I did wonder if the watch hands and numerals could be a little darker, but in the end I preferred the softer look. A quick search recently revealed so many interesting things about time. I could be making images about time for quite some time.
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.