Friday, October 10, 2014

Photo Challenge “Still Life”

I was wondering what I could do for this month’s challenge, so I went to Donna’s photography blog to find some inspiration.

And this quote brought something to mind. Donna wrote, “Shop around the house for a collection of interesting items that can be used in your compositions. When in doubt, think back to the simplicity challenge. When it comes to composition, less can really be more. Tell a story. Feature an item in a creative and whimsical way. Pay attention to your background and don’t let it distract from your subject matter.”

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Awhile back, I walked in the back door with a ‘thrift store treasure’. I placed her on top of a bar of soap. (laundry soap that you grate to wash clothes) This counter is a nice ‘catch all’ and the soap stayed there, and so did the thrift store lady. So later when I walked by with the camera, I thought she looked very pretty sitting there with this background.

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So that’s how my cutting board, a thrift store pincushion and a bar of sweet smelling laundry soap came together with a few tweaks on the computer.

Let me back up and show you a little more.

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(an original photo)

Join us for the challenge HERE!

Thanks Donna for the inspiration and fun!

51 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Love it ! You find the cutest things!

Shelia said...

This looks so sweet, Diane! You've done a great job! Hope you're doing well.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susie said...

Diane, That is too cute. I love it. The cutting board background fit perfectly. Hope your day is fun. xoxo,Susie

Joyce Mayer said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

Oh, that dolly is bee-u-tee-ful and your display is very creative. I'm gonna look around and see if I can do a display. Maybe using LuLu & Flora as headless bears. Giggle. They are out of control, they are running around the house screaming. UGH!

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence ♥

Mary said...

Great idea to use your glass cutting board as the background Diane - it's perfect and definitely pulls the whole still life connection together without a lot of clutter.
She was a great thrift find - anymore treasures hiding in those pretty shopping bags?

Have a fabulous weekend.
Mary x

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I was HOPING you'd have a fun one and you did! :)

ann said...

Great advice. I'd say this little lady is worthy of a dollhouse.

Cranberry Morning said...

Cute, Diane! You do have the sweetest dolls.

Pamela Gordon said...

Well, Diane, that is an awesome still life photo. Who would have known that was a cutting board and your pretty lady is sitting on a pincushion on top of a bar of soap? Well done. Have a beautiful weekend.

Diane said...

Great job!!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you Diane for hopping over to give me a hug. You are so sweet! I am feeling better today!

Dawna Motz said...

Very creative ! I love the first shot and how you put the appropriate backdrop behind the doll! Fun! Stopping by from the photo challenge.

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Just adorable, Diane. xo Laura

Lorrie said...

Hi Diane,
This is a sweet little lady sitting in your laundry room. Great still life with the background.

Danice said...

So creative and beautiful. What a photographer you are!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

She looks like a little actress on a stage with the backdrop Diane, a sweet still life.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Hello Diane!
Yes. Donna was a great idea. Looks fantastic.
Happy weekend.
Greetings from Polish.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love it...what a great vignette!!
hugs,
Cindy

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such a great photo and a great job! She's so sweet too! Love your cutting board too! :) Have a wonderful weekend! xo Holly

cucki said...

So sweet
I love it xx

Trace4J said...

How cool.
I just love it.
Woolie Hugs

Arlene Grimm said...

Very Nice...I am working on using different angles etc. You have inspired me to look around the house!!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, I love this! Just adorable and so creative! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Diane. xo Karen

Donna said...

Hey, you did great with this composition! The background was perfect for the subject, and I really liked the spotlight effect on figurine. Super creativity!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love it when something unplanned happens with our stuff. This is beyond CUTE!

hugs,
Linda

Debby Ray said...

A perfect combination for a wonderful still life! How adorable...a sweet "French girl" sitting in front of a sidewalk bistro in Paris...love this!!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh, this is just so neat! I really like how you shared the original photo too and how you took this photo to a entirely new level!
Tweaking is an amazing thing!
Have a super weekend, by talented friend!
xo-
Jemma

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

So cute and fun. Enjoy your weekend. I'm on the hunt for an estate sale.... xo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!! What a difference. Looks as if you got down and closer to the girl with the lace skirt!! What a wonderful and fun inspiration!! Fantastic job Diane!

Sam I Am...... said...

Well aren't you clever!?!? You're like a Hollywood set camera person.

J said...

This is the second of Donna's challenges I have seen and it is so charming! Debra at Frugal Little Bungalow has some lovely pictures of her tomatoes with striking lighting. It's really fun to see everyone's interpretation. Your lady is so feminine!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a sweet picture! It's amazing what goes on behind the scenes.

Jeanne said...

Very creative composition. I just love your darling scene.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a lovely still life Diane, it really does tell a story!

Kathy said...

I would never have guessed what all your still life was made of until you pulled back. It is so sweet. I hope you keep the items there.

Simply Shelley said...

Very sweet vignette.....you really have an eye for creativity. Blessings Daine.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, this lady is so sweet, Diane - she's a pin cushion, wow! You always find the most interesting and lovely things at the thrift store.

Have a happy weekend, dear.

love,
~Sheri

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Those items combined to make a sweet scene. Well done!
Have a nice weekend!

doodles n daydreams said...

That is quite whimsical, lovely.

Diana

Montanagirl said...

Very cute, and nice job on the photo, my friend!

Sally Crowe said...

Very nice and wonderfully thought out! :)

xoxo

Greatfull Dazee said...

Your still life is adorable! I am enjoying everyone's contribution to the challenge and learning so much! This month was especially fun! xx Dazee

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

How beautiful she is as well as the photo. Isn't it amazing how much we miss sometimes? Event things in our own homes that we get used to seeing everyday. Someone new comes in and oohhs and ahhhs over something that we no longer notice!

Nancy Reinke said...

Love, love, love this, Diane! It's fabulous. I could so see this as the cover of a note card. Well done. xxx ~ Nancy

Carla from The River said...

That is so cute. I love it. :-)
Well done and great finds.

Maggie Ann said...

Thats a great and interesting photo shot you put together. I've been watching international house hunters on Netflix from HGTV....so she fits right in with the house-hunting couple in Paris. Oooh la la! =)

bj said...

AWESOME...she is such a cutie.
Great job.

Maggie said...

I love the serendipity of how your still life came to be, it's lovely.

Gaby Bee said...

How cute, Diane. What a gorgeous idea to use your cutting board as a background! Just perfect!

Have a lovely Sunday!
Hugs,
Gaby

Donna said...

So creative and I love how you showed us the composition....

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Veralynne Malone said...

That is a great shot....It looks like everything just went together for you...Thanks for the great post