This week I decided to pursue a theme: photographing old clocks. So after scouring flea markets and eBay, purchasing a cheap light cube, and having my camera cleaned (long story) I was ready…..or so I thought.
I learned more than I bargained for – lighting is hard. I invested over two hours trying to figure out how to light the tabletop cube and still don’t think I really cracked the code. Old clocks are more interesting up close. Elements I loved were the inner workings, the letters, and the shapes of the face. For me this exercise reinforced the elements that make strong photographs: shape, lines, and color.
I experimented with taking “portraits”, group shots, and close-ups. I even changed the background color thinking the yellow clock on a blue background would be striking – it wasn’t.
I also experimented in post-processing: using retro effects to match the subject and distorting the clocks to show some of my current feelings regarding time (translation = my day job has been overwhelming lately).
So here are the results from this week:
I was planning on re-selling the clocks – but I may keep them a while longer….I had too much fun.
Injury index: no injuries this week. I think I am 5:3 now (5 weeks with injuries/ 3 without) – maybe I’m finally learning how to get out of my own way?