Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Photographing Familiar Things

I haven’t shared this yet, but you might have seen the button in my side bar.  I am taking Kat Sloma’s Find Your Eye e-course.  It is a short course and designed to help train your photography eye.  The price is great, only $29.  I have to admit, Kat is stretching me intellectually with her exercises.  I have never thought of my feelings of a subject while I was photographing or even editing it.  I just don’t think that way.

Well Kat is having us look at familiar things around us.  I followed some of the guidelines for this assignment, but I didn’t take pictures of something I usually take pictures of.  I did take pictures of something I see and use multiple times a day and never paid attention to the fact it might be beautiful.

I am talking about a bottle brush.

bottle brush

I am serious.  I have used one of these everyday for the past 5 years.  Either to clean bottles or sippy cups.  I really kind of loathe these things by now.

I have never noticed the potential beauty in them.  Yes, I said beauty in a bottle brush.  I took shots from all sorts of angles.  There are varying textures on a bottle brush, too.  It was neat to focus on each of them.  Ultimately this one was my favorite shot. 

I think it is kind of cool.  Would I print it and hang it on my wall?  Umm, I don’t think so.  But it sure is neat.

27 comments:

  1. That was funny and enlightening!

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  2. I love this! I think it's worked really well and I love the light and texture which works brilliantly in black and white.

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  3. That is a great shot! Who knew a bottle brush could look so artistic? Love the light in this photo, very pretty.

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  4. i don't know, i think if you printed it you would find a buyer easily (just don't tell them what it is!!), it looks like a flower and it's beautifully shot. i was amazed when you said it is a bottle brush! just shows, if you can take beautiful photos, then you can make anything you want look amazing. i have learnt something from you here, it is to try and take photos of the same thing but at different times of the day, and from as many angles as you can think of. too often, i just choose a couple of angles and i'm happy with that. i will try and stretch myself a bit next time and go for more angles. your photograph just shows that it is worth it.

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  5. I loathe them as well and I am only 14 months in ;) However, I think the photo is awesome, and it inspires me to take a better look at my everyday world today :)

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  6. Awesome!!! I love taking every day things and finding the beauty in them. Sometimes people think I'm crazy, but like you've shown expertly, you really can find beauty in even horrible things :) Love it!!

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  7. that was just gorgeous, really. I would hang it up, because it really looks like a pine tree branch too and that's what I love about it, that's it's not expected, that if you didn't tell us what it was, we could guess all day long.

    I am so happy you are finding a happy place behind the lens and sharing it with us.

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  8. You are an inspiration. I truly admire how you've taught yourself and take such fabulous pictures

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  9. Well you definitely found the beauty this time. I'm with you...these exercises have really pushed me and I'm loving the outcome!

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  10. Oh how fun! I burst out laughing. Thank you for changing the exercise up a bit, your result was fabulous. I would have never guessed that's what the image was - a bottle brush! Awesome!

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  11. Love this shot! Very creative and I love the angle. I knew what it was right away as I use one every day too!

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  12. I wanted to take that class, but didn't sign up in time. I'm thinking about doing that in September :)

    I LOVE that picture! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the class, because it's confirming that I'd like to participate too :)

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  13. What a great photo! I thought it looked like a hedgehog. That was a very creative idea. I'm going to be looking more closely at the things I use (and loathe?) every day.

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  14. I thought it was a flower at first glance! That sounds like a really good class. I admit I don't think about those kinds of things while I'm photographing or editing.

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  15. Just discovered you and enjoying your photography! Think I'll be stopping back quite often. New follower!

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  16. WOW!
    So glad I found your blog through RACH at Life with Baby Donut.
    I too was a foster parent for many years and have now moved on to a different career almost in the same field.
    Your photo's are beautiful.

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  17. I never would have guessed this was a bottle brush...again, you are so talented to make a bottle brush look beautiful :)

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  18. Way cool! Reminds me of when my boys were babies and all those bottles...ugh!

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  19. This class definitely makes one think and explore; it's great!

    Fantastic picture of a bottle brush. That the camera can make anything beautiful is one of the things I love about photography.

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  20. Great pic! I'm glad you posted about the course, I'm gonna have to do it when I find some time. You're right there is beauty in a bottle brush, there is beauty in everything. It's all in how you look at it :)

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  21. I think you have demonstrated the gift that photography gives to us - seeing the beauty in the familiar, the mundane, the small, the overlooked. Wonderful shot!

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  22. Awesome subject to photograph! Who knew?! Wonderful shot; thank you for sharing this! :)

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  23. Sounds like a wonderful class. An your photo is amazing! I never would have guessed what it was. Well done!

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  24. How cool...turning something you don't like into an art piece. I think this photo is fab. The lighting is great and the POV makes it interesting. No kids-haven't used the bottle brush so I don't have this dislike. I might be inclined to hang this on my wall.

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  25. I never would have guessed. It almost looks like a daisy or dandelion to me.

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