I hope you are doing well and nothing prevents you from being happy :)
This time, I want to talk about the beauty of everyday life. Our life is crazy, we are always in rush, 24 hours in a day is not enough for us. And we don't pay attention to lots of things that surround us.
Let's have a look at this problem in the context of photography. When do most people usually take photos? And what are their usual subjects?
I made a list of situations when we usually take pictures and what those pictures about:
1. When not in a rush, we have plenty of time and we walk around paying attention to the life blossoming around us. (If we are not staring at our mobile phone, of course, trying not to miss anything in our virtual life, which is more intense for some people than the real one, unfortunately)
Pictures we make in this case:
- road disappearing in a perspective;
- narrow side street;
- spider's web with the rain drops on it;
- fallen leaves;
- dogs / cats / birds...;
- our feet.
2. We are celebrating something with our friends. In this case again - we have plenty of time + even more. All we have to do is talking, laughing, dancing, eating, drinking and of course - making tons of pictures :)
Pictures we make in this case:
- our friends;
- selfie with our friends;
- food again...
3. We are at vacation. When we come back home our smartphone + timeline on the social network is full of the pictures of:
- us relaxing on a sunbed with a cocktail/book/magazine;
- tourist attractions;
4. We spend our evening or a weekend at home and take pictures of:
There are thousands of articles on the internet which will tell you about the photo cliches and photos that are very popular among the people. I have another aim now -- I want to ask you to look wider at things that surround you. And you'll realize that people pass by so many beautiful or unusual things not paying attention to them at all.
I collected some of my photos to show you what I mean and accompany each one with a short comment stating - when I took the picture, under what circumstances and why I like it :)
I divided the pictures into 3 parts.
1. OUTSIDE PICTURES
This picture provokes unpleasant feelings. My kids were playing at the school playground and I was waiting for them sitting at the table when I noticed a tiny doll's hand on it. I would never take a picture of it if I'd not have been in a bad mood this day. After editing (Snapseed) it started to resemble a notebook cover:
The next 3 pictures are about lines and shapes made by shadows, tiles, plants, etc. Sometimes these lines cross in very beautiful way and I love to fix it:) Pictures were edited in Snapseed app:
I can't explain the reason, but people love to take pictures of their feet. Mostly women of course:) If you google "feet selfie" you'll find more than 30 mln results! But most of them are very similar. And by adding some details you can stand out against the crowd:)
This picture I took while walking to the parking. My car was parked at the space number 32, right as my age is now. Another thing I like - blue colour of my dress, shoes and number. When I'll be 52, I'll take picture with number 52 and compare my feet 20 years later;) Photo was edited with VSCO + Snapseed apps:
2. HOME PICTURES
The second part is about pictures that were taken at home. I love to pay attention to the details: light, shade, shapes, usual things looking unusual. For example this one I took when I was preparing for my flower photo session. I love the light here. Nothing special, but photo is so warm:
This picture makes me sad because it was taken at my last day in London. The last minutes in our house, the last day in the UK... I was standing in the empty room, remembering our life in this nice city and not quite realizing that tomorrow new phase of my life starts in USA. Love lines here, tones and light feeling of sadness that I feel looking at the photo... Edited in VSCO:
I love this picture. We moved to our new house, received the container and when we finished unpacking our stuff, there were tons of paper everywhere. Wonderful opportunity to make a nice shot. I used VSCO to edit the picture:
I took this picture among others to submit to Curvilinear contest in the Darkroom Gallery. The jury chose another one, but I like this one because of its simplicity, soft lines and tones. I didn't make any preparations to take the picture. I just opened the cupboard and made the shot. Edited in VSCO + Snapseed:
I like to paint sometimes. I'm not good at it, but it's a big pleasure for me to keep me busy with brushes, watercolours, oil paints, pastels... whatever... Once, at the end of my painting I was trying to clean the plate from the oil paints with the kitchen towel. Here is the result:) Edited in VSCO:
The next photo is about light. It can be nothing special on the picture but if you have a nice lighting, it helps SO much to make a nice "warm" picture from nothing. Edited in VSCO:
I love this photo. One of my favourite. I was working with flowers. That means everything is upside down around me: paper, flowers, vases, leaves... I remember that I took pictures of faded sunflowers on the white and black background. When I noticed a caterpillar in this position I couldn't resist taking picture of it:) I used Snapseed for editing:
One more thing I want to say about - pay attention to reflections. Sometimes it helps to make interesting pictures. You can amplify the impression by adding suitable quote to your photo. Edited with Snapseed and Color Pop:
The last one in this part is the picture that I really love! The story is simple. No preparations at all. Table, bottle shade, sunlight and seeds thats all I've found that day. Editing in Snapseed added more transparency to the picture. I loved the description of my friend - She called it "Infernal". It really is. The value of pictures like that for me is in spontaneity in combination with the interesting result:
The last part is about food. I will make a separate post about food photography. It's huge and really interesting topic. But here I would like to talk about "quick" pictures that I make sometimes if I see a good light or I look at the food and understand that it should be photographed:)
No preparations at all in the case with the pomegranate and pasta. Edited in VSCO:
Next 2 pictures are about the light again. If you have a wonderful light, just grab all you want, any food ingredients you want, any kitchen accessories you like. Mix, play and enjoy the results:)
But it's better to do when you are not hungry. For me, it's as hard as shopping when I'm hungry... Edited with VSCO:
Cooking is a great process when you can make funny pictures or even postcards;) All you need - your imagination, funny food:) and apps for editing. I used Snapseed + InstaSize for adding text:
A little conclusion. Look wiser and you will see more. Never switch off your imagination! Think creatively always, pay attention even to things that seem not interesting and ordinary. And as happy egg says: "Don't worry, be happy!":) I'll be back soon with a new post. Take care!