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    Still life favourites

    The last few days I have been thinking of doing still life/nature morte but this is not my usual cup of tea, so I would like some inspiration and a few ideas to copy/practice with. What I mean by still life is basically something propped up (or not) and photographed close-up. I suppose there are few, if any, technical books on the subject.

    What are your favorite still life photographers/or photograph?

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    Re: Still life favourites

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimi View Post
    The last few days I have been thinking of doing still life/nature morte but this is not my usual cup of tea, so I would like some inspiration and a few ideas to copy/practice with. What I mean by still life is basically something propped up (or not) and photographed close-up. I suppose there are few, if any, technical books on the subject.

    What are your favorite still life photographers/or photograph?
    On the contrary, there are gobs of books on the subject of still life. Consider paintings, as well.

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    Re: Still life favourites

    Whenever I am in the kitchen I tend to see many possibilities for still lifes. Fruit, vegetables, china dishes, stainless steel utensils, chrome appliances. Many possible props and compositions.
    Last edited by Ron Marshall; 11-Oct-2006 at 12:50.

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    Re: Still life favourites

    Jimi,

    Still lifes abound everywhere you look... take something simple, place it in an esthetically pleasing composition and shoot to your hearts content!

    I started with flowers and a bowl of fruit...

    For examples... just Google "photographers" and visit the sites that come up. You're sure to find that many of them do still lifes of some kind.

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    Re: Still life favourites

    Start with the Dutch painters of the 17th century. Then, for photographers, look at Edward Weston and Josef Sudek...

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    Re: Still life favourites

    Thank you for the input! I was... uhm... just trying for an easy way out I suppose, some kind of pointer to the Ansel Adams of still lifes or something.
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    Re: Still life favourites

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimi View Post
    Thank you for the input! I was... uhm... just trying for an easy way out I suppose, some kind of pointer to the Ansel Adams of still lifes or something.
    Edward Weston

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    Re: Still life favourites

    Some of my favourites:

    Michiko Kon
    Frederick Sommer
    John Blakemore

    PS: and Abelardo Morell
    Last edited by Struan Gray; 11-Oct-2006 at 13:58. Reason: Morell's name was dancing at the outer reaches of recollection.

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    Re: Still life favourites

    I see a lot of still life at work every day sitting at desks.

    But I'm interested in this thread as well. With winter sneaking up on me I want to try something like that. So if somebody wants to start a thread where they show their best still life images, I'll love you for it forever. Can't contribute anything right now (too busy shooting cliche'ed photos of old barns), but when I get something, I will.
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    Re: Still life favourites

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