April 3, 2010

Paintbrush Still Life

The assignment this week was to photograph a still life. I chose a selection of paintbrushes and since I mainly paint landscapes, I decided to photograph them outside against a landscape that I might paint.

I had trouble deciding which one of the following I liked best. The first is a relatively simple composition that allows you to focus on the individual brushes, but the second has a bit more interesting angles and a bit of light on the larger brush. Other than that, they are pretty much the same picture but the first is cropped more closely.




The third brings the light a little further down and creates an interesting shadow adding a little more depth. However it is a very balanced shot that I think takes a bit away.


The last shot is simply one of some old bamboo brushes that I have had for eons so they are a bit special, even though I don't use them very often.

21 comments:

  1. oh i adore paint brushes.... love photographing them....

    sigh... wonderful

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  2. Love your close-up at the end and the very first one. gives us the opportunity to see into your thinking about painting.

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  3. I think this is so original and creative. Very nice close ups and use of negative space. I really like the different textures and your lovely use of light. V...neat that you are using someting that is close to your heart.
    Beautiful
    Happy Easter.

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  4. I too love images of paintbrushes!! These are lovely and my favorite is the last one! Nicely done!

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  5. I love that first photo, seems quite clever. Paintbrushes are a very appealing subject here and you've done a great series.

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  6. I like the landscape in the background of the first picture and the close up. I can imagine you sitting , painting the picture!

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  7. I love the first and last photos the best. I really enjoyed how close up you got to the brushes. different object to take photos of & I liked that part of it.

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  8. Your well-loved paintbrushes made a wonderful subject!! I really like how you assessed each image with a painterly eye! I think the last is my favorite. Wonderful work!

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  9. yes -- your first one echoes the lines of the trees -- great idea.

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  10. I love paint brushes, so nice to look at. The first and the last photos are my favorite. Happy Easter.

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  11. I love the first and the last one!
    Beautiful old bamboo paintbrushes!

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  12. i almost used paintbrushes for my still life too! i like the shadows in the photos and the great detail in your close up.

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  13. The first photo, the second close-up and the last... beauty! What a choice of subject - inspired! Love that you took them out into a setting where you would paint :)

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  14. The textures of the different brushes really come through in your photographs. Beautiful images! Especially love the last one.

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  15. Once Upon A ParentApril 05, 2010

    Oh the first and last shot are my favs. I think the first one would make a great header! And I just love the idea of photographing brushes.

    Annie

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  16. love the depth and layers of these.

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  17. What a great still life subject. I have a collection of paintbrushes. Beautiful photos. Really fantastic subject.

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  18. I somehow missed this series last week. I love that last close up of the brushes. I am a painter too. I can just imagine what that bamboo brush feels like.

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  19. Late with my comments - but I love the subject of your photos! It shows your creativity. The photos are wonderful (love the last one).

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  20. Very nice choice of subject and lovely images.

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  21. I loved the last photo the close up. The texture of the different pencil and their brush. How original to bring the pencils outdoors since you like to paint landscapes.

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