I’m excited about this week’s experiment. (I know, aren’t I always?) I’ve been meaning to go out for a walk with my camera, and I keep putting it off. This week, ARTchix is giving me a perfect excuse.
On their blog this week, they’re having a photo contest called “What’s Blooming in Your Neighborhood?” (You’ll need to scroll down a bit–the post has quite a few segments, but it’s all lots of fun.) I’m pretty sure I can get some cool photos near to home. A couple of years ago, I got this one right in my front yard:
It’s a close up of some Queen Anne’s Lace.
While you’re checking out that blog post, scroll down a bit further and look at the segment on complimentary colors. I’m going to play around with this some. I might create a small journal to make several of the sample boards in a variety of color combinations. It looks useful, but most of all it looks fun! I’ll probably post some of the results as I go along over at my WordColors blog, if you want to follow along.
After many trials and false starts, I finally got some silhouette shots I like. Here’s my favorite:
I actually have one other that I like better, but there are power lines showing in it that rather spoil the shot (the hazards of suddenly seeing a great photo setup while in the car and having to take the shot quickly from a traffic light):
The first thing I learned in trying to get a silhouette photo–cats don’t pose. At least not when you want them to. I thought a cute kitty silhouette in the window would be perfect for this experiment, but apparently the cute kitty didn’t agree.
The second thing I learned is that rain is not conducive to silhouette shots, but that’s not the most important lesson that came from this experiment. I ended up with some fun and interesting photos, but the best thing that I got from this experiment was a new perspective.
All week I found myself looking at everything around me differently. I was examining the whole world from the stance of someone looking for silhouette shots. I found myself noticing edges and outlines everywhere–my shadow on the wall when I’m sitting on the bed with my side lamp on is actually pretty cool looking. I was noticing shadows and light, colors and hues (deeper colors make better silhouette shots). This was a fascinating week, and I think I’ve come away with a new appreciation for everything around me, even the normal everyday things. Oh, I also came away with a really great photo that’s going to be a fantastic background for a Halloween project in the fall:
Did anyone else get any cool shots or interesting insights this week? I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know what you came up with.
See you Monday with the next experiment kickoff.
First post on a new blog for my new business. That’s all a little intimidating. I’m getting those pressured feelings of “I need to make this really good” or “This needs to be really excellent and draw people in and catch their attention right away.” The pressure is nearly enough to make me not write this!
I know a way around this, though. it’s something we can all use, something we all need to remember in all our endeavors. Just dive in. Just get started, get something down. Moving is the only way to break through inertia. Starting is the only way to break through a block.
So, welcome to MuseCraft! Thanks for stopping in; I hope you’ll visit often.
The blog portion of this website will be used for a few things. I’ll announce new classes, events and products here as the need arises. I’ll write about events and classes I attend to give reviews and opinions. But I plan to use this space most often for experiments.
“Experiments?” you ask. Yes, experiments. Thanks for asking.
I’m going to build a habit of doing a creative experiment every week using prompts and exercises from all the books I have and websites I’ve bookmarked. One week you might get a snippet of writing from a creative writing prompt. The next week you might get an image transfer technique or altered book page or artist trading card. I’ll let you know ahead of time what experiment I’m going to do, and I hope you’ll join me in my explorations. Playing and exploring is a great way to get your creativity moving and get new ideas flowing; experimenting together just makes it that much more fun.
Thursday, I’ll post a list of some of the books and websites I’m going to use and let you know what my first experiment is going to be. Meanwhile, here’s a picture from an experiment I did earlier this month. It was a dual experiment–new recipe (pierogi) and one of Digital Photography School‘s weekly assignments (photographing food). Enjoy, and see you Thursday!