Saturday, June 03, 2006

Eggs and Daisies


Blogger micki said...

I really enjoy shooting still life images, and eggs are by far my favorite subject! A few weeks back, I was wanting to put some flowers in the kitchen window. I went to Smith’s Florist & Gift Shop to make a purchase of a bunch of daisies. Daisies are such wonderful summertime flowers. I couldn’t imagine that the cost would be so reasonable! Since that day, I have had five containers of daisies on the windowsill with the most lovely, fresh flowers in them. I go back once or twice a week to purchase more when I’m out doing errands. Some have lasted as long as 2 ½ weeks. I wanted to take a picture of them, and have taken many. These two shots are by far my favorites. Not only did I want something to hang on the wall, but I wanted to test exposure with a gray card. I took a sheet of white and a sheet of black scrapbooking paper (12x12), and taped them to the kitchen counter, curving them up the back. My only lighting was that from the windows, patio doors and skylight of the open area that makes up the living room and kitchen area. The lighting in the afternoon is just perfect for this type of work.

Sorry about the different sizes of the images. I scanned the bottom one, as the scan from the lab was too washed out. I couldn’t get a good scan of the top image, so I used the scan from the lab for that one.

I have a question that I need some help with. There’s a song I heard on the radio a few weeks back. It was on the heavy metal station. The lyrics were something like…Tell me why I’m sleeping with my clothes on, sleeping on the couch. I came in through the window. The car is in the front yard, and you were gone. I really liked the song and want to look for the drum tabs so I can learn to play it, as well as download the song so I can dance with my boys to it. Does anyone have a clue which song I heard and who sings it? I don’t know if it’s a newer song or not. The girls have two weeks off before we get back to school work, and I’d like to learn the song in that time, as well as two others I’m working on.

White on White Eggs and Daisies
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/3
Aperture Setting - f-11 Manual Mode (used a gray card)
Had to focus manually because of all the white
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - York Photo Labs scanned my negative

White on Black Eggs and Daisies
Camera - Konica Minolta 70
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 200
Shutter Speed - 1/4
Aperture Setting - f-11 Manual Mode (used a gray card)
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:49 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I love both of these, but the details in the second are absolutely stunning! Love the black background.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

Wonderful shots, especially the one with the black background.

Did a web search for the song, I think it's called "Please Tell Me Why", although I think several people have done it, including Blink 182, & Nelly. It seems that Avril Lavigne might have done a cover with a different title, My Own Worst Enemy. Hope that helps or is even the right song.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Chris Vallancourt said...

I prefer the black background as it provides more contrast. Don't have a clue on the song.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Isn't it interesting how different the two shots feel.
The high-key scan was a mystery at first. Fresh flowers is a great idea...and a nice subject!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

So pure and simple! Very creative!!
Perfect to frame!Yes fresh flowers in the house very necessary. :)

11:55 AM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Awesome shots!! I like the white background...the yellow daisy centres are amazing!

I know that song, but only the Blink 182 version that Oto K mentioned.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Hendra said...

Nice work. I prefer the one with the black background. More contrast.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

These are both very good. I like how you have not filled the frame with the subject but left them in their own space. Odd how 2 disparate items look so at home together. If i was forced to make a choice I think the white background does it for me as there is greater subtelty and softnes to it. I can feel a still life session coming on, I am all inspired.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous mar00ned said...

I like the one with the black ground. The details are great. Nice combination ... eggs and daisies :-D

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Briesing said...

Thank you for visiting !
Very nice still life. The subject is very good ! I prefer the white background because the contrast is less strong and it builds more a "world".

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely! Both shots are superb!!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous alan said...

I really like both shots... it is amazing what simple pieces of paper can do. The white background shot is particularly nice... love the subtleness of the shadows.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

How nicely, the two go together! I prefer the black background.

3:50 PM  
Blogger micki said...

I found the song. My daughter actually told me how to find it. I just typed in a couple of the lines followed by "- Lyrics" on Yahoo. It was the second or third link down. Then I found the drum tabs on MXTabs. They're so simple and easy, I won't have to transcribe them. The song is My Own Worst Enemy, and the band is Lit. It's a fun little song...check it out if you haven't heard it.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris Loudermilk said...

Yes, the band Lit. Interesting egg shots. I've found white to be difficult. Very nicely done.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Karl Baumann said...

That´s a great picture, here I love the less contrast between background, eggs and daisies. Fantastic, it looks like in heaven hust feel the shape by light shadows. Lovely!!!

4:22 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

The ‘white’ version gets my vote overwhelmingly – the softness in the shadows overall and the gentle presentation of the daisies is top class. And to think that you have achieved this without post-processing . . quite something.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous idreaminred said...

the black shot is quite nice. =D

7:15 PM  
Anonymous G said...

micki, I really like them both. Of course, in #2 the colors and contrast really stand out much more than the first. But, I like #1 for its "dreamy" or "milky" quality, also.

I've been thinking about how to get a decent picture of my homebrews and I like your idea of using different colors of paper as the background.

Off to the art shop next chance I get...

7:39 PM  
Blogger Lore said...

ohhh, very nice composition!!! i don't know which frame to choose i love both of them because different things, the first one because cause is so delicate, soft view, and the other one because the high contrast and detail!!! GReat work!!

7:58 PM  
Anonymous tore said...

These are both great. I was going for the black one until I read the other comments and went back to reconsider the white one. Now I'm undecided. Put them both on your wall.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Love the concept. Like the bottom one the best. VERY good!

9:31 PM  
Anonymous armeen said...

the second shot is great. love the contrast and the idea. good work :D

10:07 PM  
Anonymous 19 Seconds Of Spring said...

My vote goes to the one with the white background...

11:25 PM  
Anonymous leeroy said...

I'm going to have to go with the black one. A great sense of life and vitality pervades the shot.

Well done! (I can't shoot macros to save my life, so you have my admiration)

12:02 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

At first I prefered the black background, but the white has it's subtlety. I'm liking the eggs!

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Hi Michi, i love your daisies too.It's an original idea shooting daisies and eggs against a white and black background.
You're giving us a good lesson about technical lighting.
You used a grey scale but you can use a light-meter and measure the incident light. It's very effective in these cases.
Have a good day

1:57 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

love the dark background of the second image, but both a really very good

2:11 AM  
Anonymous jlc said...

hello Micki your last picture on eggs are very beautiful.

here a summary translation of the text of Raymond Depardon and his book "wander-errance"

I have the feeling that something will not be any more like before. It is perhaps there the true definition of the errance, of its search, with its loneliness and its fear. It is the desire which I sought, the purity, questioning, to go further, in the center of the things, to make the vacuum of me. I must wash me the head… to meet the center of a new image, neither too human, neither too contemplative, or it's the ego who is aspired by the places when the place is not spectacle, especially not obstacle. I should live this search which is mine… It arrives at one moment, neither good nor bad, it is necessary… To be right, this wander errance is inevitably initiatory… my glance will change… This search becomes the search of ego acceptable.

3:14 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Micki, some of your best shots ever, the simplicity is fantastic and I am absolutely loving the composition.You get my coveted : GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT! (especially for the black) really great work Micki.

3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the egg and daisies shots - very summmery theme to these. i really like how pure they are!

4:44 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

My favorite is the white shot - love how the eggs and daisies blend in so you only get to see a hint of them.

5:19 AM  
Anonymous shooter said...

I also like the shots for all the points already mentioned, the black background is the winer though.

5:55 AM  
Blogger anoop said...

excellent set of pics! creativity at its very best!

6:11 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Hi Micki,

Lovely shots. Sublime simplicty and great choise of subject - daisies and eggs.

I know what you mean about film. I sometimes use an old Nikon (I bought second-hand 20 years ago) when I go to the mountains because it has a wonderful lens with great depth of field.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Fraser said...

These two posers are wonderful. (Not a clue about the song.) What a creative combination.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Ana said...

what a great idea!!! this is wonderful

9:06 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...


As always, your egg photos are stunning. I really, really like the black background one but the white on white is very subtle. Both are lovely.


10:29 AM  
Blogger jj said... are hard worker! (I love white back one:)

11:30 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

I Like them both...make a good advert for eggs !

9:14 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Great execution here with both images!
The subtle blend between the white background and the eggs is quite nice, but I find myself returning to the gorgeous depth of the richer black background version.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

State of the art quality. Perfect combination against black

6:57 AM  
Blogger Sriram said...

Micki! too good

Awesome stuff!

9:01 AM  

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