The brilliant new photography event Click created by the sexiest pair in the blogeshpere, Jai and Bee requires us to "click" shots of eggs this month.
Not an easy motive to photograph and therefore nicely challenging.
As I am one of the judges for this first event, my photo will not be a part of the interesting entries already submitted, however I did not want to miss working with the topic.
As I normally do, I start to think about the composition of my shot a few days in advance. The colors I would like to use, how I would like to set it up and even what props I would like to use. For this theme I wanted to keep it clean and pure, where the actual color comes from the eggs itself.
The next thing I needed to decide on was if I wanted to handle the theme with raw or cooked eggs. The decision fell on raw eggs and I also decided to use only the egg yolk in my final shot. The first few pictures I shot were of the egg yolk on a white plate with the shell in the background. I was not happy with the shots. On a last whim I decided to put the yolk back into the shell and EUREKA! I had the composition I wanted. It almost looks like the cracked shell is cradling the egg yolk.
I used the eggs in the background to give a depth of field to the entire shot. The ones I took with only the main motive made the egg and yolk look slightly lost in the white space.
The equipment: I used a Nikon D 70s with a Nikkor 18-70mm lens. The tripod I used was a Bilora tripod, which allows me to turn the camera in a complete 360 degrees rotation.
I used natural lighting with the entire set up placed next to the window where the light came in from the right. I used a piece of white styropor board to bounce the light back on the motive from the left.
Once the shot was taken I used Photoshop to adjust the tone levels and contrast. As it was a grey day the light was rather dull, which shows in the photo. The whites are not pure but have a blue/grey tone. I am not really the type of person that likes to "photoshop" the pictures to give a totally different result as the original shot, so I did not tamper too much with the tones to keep it as natural and as close to the original as possible.
I still like the end result very much.
Click is on through till October 20th, so you have till then to send in your eggtastic photos to Jai and Bee at: clickcapture AT gmail DOT com. Look forward to all your entries!
I'll be taking a short break from blogging, as I'm heading to the warmer Dubai to visit my parents. I will be taking off for Dubai a little later tonight. If I get the opportunity I will most certainly give you all an update. See ya soon!
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