Friday, October 12, 2007

Click: Eggtastic!

Egg (03) by MeetaK


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!

Good luck!

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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47 comments :

  1. Meeta, this is a great and well thought out shot! I love the way the smaller shell fragment with the yolk is cradled in the larger one! Beautiful! Love it!

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  2. Loved the picture. Have been waiting for yours since the event was announced :)

    have fun with your folks. Have a safe flight... and we'll all be waiting when you get back :-)

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  3. eggcellent pic Meeta. Was waiting for your picture...

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  4. Amazing picture Meeta!!
    I loved your tips for taking the best shot and I will definitely try to follow those amazing tips about photography!! thank you

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  5. beautiful shot meeta. have wonderful time with ur parents :)

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  6. the picture is fabulous and have fun in dubai!!

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  7. love it. thank you, meeta, and enjoy your trip. i will keep pestering you by e-mail, though.

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  8. Looks like yolk enjoying a comfy sleep in its bassinet :)

    Shn

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  9. AWESOME>>! Knew you would comeup with excellent shots!

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  10. It indeed looks like the shell is cradling the yolk, lovely composition

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  11. Love the pic.
    I was waiting for you to post for the click event as i knew your pic would be great

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  12. The picture is absolutely beautiful. Love it.

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  13. Very pretty shot indeed. Congratulations on being the judge.

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  14. I love how you went through the whole explanation of how you thought through and took the picture. If I get my reflex before the 20th I'll take a picture of an egg and participate.

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  15. I love that the b/g is almost neutral. It adds to the beauty of the pic :)

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  16. Fit for a judge and a pro! loved your thought-process behind it...helps newbies like us:)

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  17. Very nice shot indeed! I hope you have a great trip.

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  18. Have a wonderful visit with your parents. Thanks for leaving us with the most beautiful egg photos!

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  19. Great shot Meeta. Have a great time with your parents.

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  20. Man, I wish I was able to take more photos in the daylight. Working nights, I'm usually sleeping when the best daylight hits my house. I usually end up having to haul in the lights, mount the flash somewhere special, and play with the ISO settings until I get a shot that looks good.

    You manage to get a better looking shot with a piece of styrofoam and a window. Boy do I feel like a sucker :)

    Awesome photo. I'm already thinking about some egg shots that I'll be sending in all too soon.

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  21. Meeta, beautiful pic love the crystal clear color.Enjoy your time with parents.

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  22. Eggstatic looks brilliant. Loved the idea of putting only the yolk back in the shell. Good tips about photography. May be I should take some lessons from you.

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  23. wow!!!
    meeta what a breathtaking photograph....

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  24. You are brilliant...the one you presented your egg inside a half shell and then inside the half shell...how come I haven't thought about it...maybe I can take part in this event too, I still have some left over FREE eggs! Maybe I can make them flip?!

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  25. Have a good one and enjoy the parents.

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  26. Love it! Absolutely love it! I want to reach into the picture and jiggle the egg yolk! :)

    Have a great trip, bring back fun Dubai stories for us :)

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  27. Your pictures are always so good, and your eggs are no eggception :)

    Hope you had a lovely time in Dubai

    KJxx

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  28. Hi Meeta, well done on the egg picture.
    Your blog is excellent and I love the pictures and the recipes.
    We have featured 'What's for Lunch Honey' as our blog of the week.

    You might like to have a look.

    Regards
    Wanda from
    www.only-cookware.com

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  29. By the way, this is the direct link to the post - http://www.only-cookware.com/blog/2007/10/19/whats-for-lunch-honey-blog-of-the-week/

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  30. Hi everzone from Sunnz Dubai!! Thans to zou all for ypur incredible comments and feedback on this. Also appreciate all zour wishes. I am having a ball here and will share details a photos when I get back.

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  31. I LOVE it!! I wish I would have read about this before the deadline. How fun! I can't wait to see what the theme is for next month.
    Excellent job, Meeta!

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  32. beautiful photo Meeta, perfect composition and light! Have a great trip and enjoy your time with your parents :)

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  33. for a egg lover like me, i love your photos:)

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  34. Hi Meeta, love your Blog...! Amazing pictures!

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  35. Thanks for all your wishes and comments. Appreciate all the wonderful feedback!

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