Day 208 (26 July 2012) Cracked

Ever get in a creative rut?  Can’t think of something to shoot or an idea for a photo to make?  Just check the trash!  Well, if you have some old chicken or fish, you may not want to do that, LOL.  A few days ago I bought some eggs to use for some photography experimentation with light.  I saved a couple of the shells because I knew there would be a day where I needed an interesting subject to shoot.  Today was that day!

I experimented with different orientations, DoFs, number of ‘subjects’, etc.  I did a black & white conversion in Lightroom, because I like the texture and shape (and brown eggs just are not very interesting from a color standpoint).  When I was setting up, the available light I used was the lighting fixture above my dining room table.  The fixture has 3 bulbs which make for multi-shadows, so I unscrewed two of the bulbs to give a simple shadow.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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60 mm, 3.2 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Cracked)

 

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60 mm, 0.6sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Empty Eggs)

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60 mm, 3.2 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Cracked Open)

Day 201 (19 July 2012) Egg-celent Shadows

A few days a go I read a post on the Photofocus blog about lighting.  It suggested using a light source and an egg to see how different positions and distances for the light would affect the image.  So last time I went grocery shopping I bought a half dozen eggs, cooked with 5 tonight and kept the other for my practice.

Here are some of the shots I found interesting.  However, I did learn a bit about how the light envelops, or doesn’t, the subject.  I would like to do this exercise again, with more time, to really just study it.  I can’t say I’m ready to go buy a bunch of studio lights, but I have a little bit better understanding of how distance and angle affect the image, and can try to use this in my photography 🙂

I’ll probably also submit one of these to the Silhouette photo challenge, which I highly encourage you to join!

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50 mm, 1/250 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Shadow)

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50 mm, 1/640 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Silhouette)

2012_Jul_19_Egg Silhoutte_00750 mm, 1/400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Egg Shadow)

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50 mm, 1/640 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Half Moon Egg)

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50 mm, 1/1000 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100, EF 50mm f/1.8 (Full Moon Egg)

Day 106 (15 April 2012) An Eggcellent Dinner

I’m normally a planner: planning vacations a year out, having my shopping list on my phone, looking at multiple routes to a destination a week out, and planning future expenses on a monthly basis.  However, I’m not good at planning a menu.  So, no days like today, when I’m busy, working in the garage till I get hungry, I have to think of something easy, quick, and that involves ingredients I have in the house (which because I don’t plan meals, other than my standard lunch/breakfast, which rarely change), dinner can be interesting.

Tonight I had available to me eggs (extra from a recipe I made for Easter) and pancake mix.  I have been eyeing the eggs for a few days now, so I decided to fry them up, sunny-side-up and enjoy them.  Which I did 🙂

Sunny Side Up

60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800, 60mm macro lens (Sunny Side Up)

Runny & Yummy!

60 mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 00, 60mm macro lens (Runny & Yummy!)