Archive for the ‘Still Life’ Category

#133 Kitchen Magic

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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The tools of conjuration

These are the homely tools

For bringing more than mere sustenance. In truth, we don’t really need to cook our food, for the most part. Okay, dried beans and rice need the touch of boiling water, but we don’t need Chili Verde con Carne y Frijoles, do we? Nor do we need Ginger Fried Rice. We need calories and proteins and certain minerals. Anything we do, beyond filling the need, to dress it up, is mere art, decoration, recreation. There is a school of thought that says the culinary is the original art, the first attempt at rising above the mundane, to achieve a place among the Gods.

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Be that as it may, cooking utensils present a challenge to the photographer in that they are often metallic, shiny, and have narrow lines. The whisk and the strainer were placed here specifically to test my ability to keep the foreground at the front. I think I did pretty well, but I see that I would have done better to have wiped off the toaster.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

#131 On Guard

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Awaiting the Midnight Hour

The Entry Bowl is very precious

To Blue Bear. When it’s not holding the entries to the Thanksgiving Prize Drawing, it’s his to drink from what and when he will. Meantime, the deadline to enter the drawing is getting ever closer. Midnight, MST, Friday. As they say, if you don’t enter, you can’t win.

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I’ll announce the winner on Monday (probably just before Monday Night Football) and I’ll notify the winner directly by e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter Direct Message, as appropriate. The winner has to get back to me within 24 hours of notification, or the prize will go to the next in line.

Rating 3.50 out of 5

#130 Keepin’ Warm

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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A quiet evening by the fire

We hit 10 below last night

Here in Casper. And we’ve spent the day huddled indoors, gathered by the trusty stove.

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There is still time to enter to win the Thanksgiving Prize. Just leave a comment here, or retweet (you can use the button above) with my @WalterHawn handle & the URL for any page on the site. Entries close at Midnight, MST, Friday.

Rating 3.67 out of 5

#129 I Want To Enter!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I Want To Enter

But Dragons don't twitter

It is a sad thing

When a dragon can’t get it’s way. But it’s a fact they are technologically challenged. Never met a dragon with a PC or smartphone. I think partly because the claws get in the way, and partly because they don’t read very well.

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You, on the other hand, don’t operate under those handicaps. You can enter, quite easily, to win a signed, original fine-art photograph, as detailed under ‘A Thanksgiving Prize,’ above, and you can purchase one for your very own right now at a significant discount, and if you’re a winner, I’ll give you another or refund your money! You choose. To win, you can tweet, comment here, or on my Facebook page. Check the rules for details.

Sorry dragon. Besides, dragon’s breath is very hard on photographs.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

#127 The Entry Bowl Retweet to enter

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The Entry Bowl

All the entries go in here

These are the first few

And it’s filling rapidly. You may have heard that I’m giving an original fine-art photographic print to some lucky someone the Monday after Thanksgiving. The winner can choose among three works: “Wearing Whites”, “Purple Mountains, Purple Sage”, or “Long Time Livin’”. The complete rules and all can be found on the page, “A Thanksgiving Drawing”. But the short form is that you enter by tweeting (while including my @WalterHawn handle) any page from The Daily Photograph™, by commenting on any page here, or by commenting on any posting on my Facebook profile. You can enter every day, twice a day, until midnight Friday, November 26th. I hope you will!

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Also, I’m offering a darned good deal to anyone who enters: A signed, original fine-art photographic print of any of the three works, matted and mounted to fit an 11×14 frame, for only $89. That’s twenty-six dollars off the regular price of $115. And, on the rules page, you’ll find a way to get an additional ten dollar discount.

So, I hope you’ll enter, and I hope you’ll think about ordering a fine-art print for someone you love or for yourself.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

#124 Reprise of Wheat

Friday, November 5th, 2010

A Reprise of Wheat

A meditation on Seed and Sun

You may recall this shock

Of prairie wheat from an earlier post. I liked it so well that I cut it loose from the parent grass clump and found a suitable vase for it.

I’m not sure quite what to do with it now, but I still like it. Perhaps it will become another recurring character in still life photographs, alongside the Bowl of Roses.

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By the way, I have added a new feature to The Daily Photograph™. Below you’ll see a line of stars. This is a way to show your approval or not of a particular photograph. Each star indicates a higher rating. I’d appreciate it if you’d click on one or another of them.

Rating 3.70 out of 5

#123 It’s a Very Vine Thing

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

It's a Vary Vine Thing

Just hangin' out in the sunshine

The sun slanted so well

On this vine that I spent several days exploring and learning about backlighting and how it works with color. Ordinary reflected light looked fine on the vine, but with the sunlight glowing through the leaves, the colors deepened and came alive. I learned that even five minutes could make a huge difference as the sun angle changed.

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The fun lasted only a few days. The leaves eventually withered and dropped off, and the vine is now a mere skeleton of itself.

Rating 4.22 out of 5

#110 The Towel On the Wall

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The Towel On the Wall

It hangs there, ready to help

I saw this towel in the bathroom

Patiently waiting. Waiting. And, I thought, that’s a neat fold and drape there. And, that could be a symbol of the human condition, or some part of it. So, I carefully lined up my lens and photographed this towel on the wall, in situ, as I found it, in the light of the setting sun.

Rating 3.33 out of 5

#105 What, No Pumpkin?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

What, No Pumpkin?

We're still more than a month away

The leaves are certainly the right color

And in the right place for Halloween. There are some stands of aspen on the mountain I don’t want to miss, and the breezes are blowing hot, then chill, then hot, again.

I had intended this to be a black-and-white photograph, but the focus point, on the strip of light, put the near leaves out of focus, and that made the BW version not-too-hot. I suppose that’s whence came the rule about never having an out-of-focus foreground. As you can see, in color any problem is much smaller.

And, I discovered that on close work, one must use the spot-meter in nearly the same line as the lens. See that blown-out leaf just to the right of center? I metered that, but from about three feet above the ground. The center of the lens was about eight inches up. Big difference in how the sunlight reflected.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

#102 His Admiring Gaze

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

His Admiring Gaze

He has no basis for comparison

The porcelain boy wants to run away to the mountains with the glass perfume dauber, but what does he know? He doesn’t recall his perfect porcelain girl, who had a parasol and a winsomely shy glance, and who was knocked to the floor by a rocketing kitten many years ago.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

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