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Flatware part 2

ISO100 50mm f/11 1/40sec

For todays photo journey, I decided to be a bit adventurous and explore uncharted territories, which really means driving around aimlessly looking for a scene to invoke some sort of excitement within. Its a bit of a gamble when racing the sunlight looking for a new scene in an area you are completely unfamiliar with. I would say the house took the winnings with this gamble, as I didn’t end up with a single image that “dazzled” me in the various scenes I captured in the hour or so journey.

However I wouldn’t say the day was a total loss. I have a charity event coming up next week, and offered to donate a print to be auctioned off and raise money for the cause. In talking with a fellow photographer today we were discussing which picture would best suite the auction and crowd. We narrowed it down to a few and the original Flatware SimplicityΒ image was one of them, being a good portion of the attendees are within the Cutco sales world and would appreciate the artistic view on the product. In going through the folder with the original image, I came across this perspective of the stainless fork and immediately found myself editing it and bringing it to life. I still cant help but to love the simplistic nature of these photos, bringing in a beautiful fine art esq. appeal to an already beautiful utensil.

One of the topics that has been reoccurring in my friend and my conversations lately is my.. we’ll call it inexperienced fear, of cropping in ways other than the traditional 4×6 and 8×10. She happens to be a fan of square cropped images, yet I have not exactly taken a liking to them yet. I asked her to continue pushing me when it comes to this subject, as I love adding new tools to my artistic bag of tricks. If you notice, I chose a square crop yesterday, and surprisingly preferred it to the standard crop. Todays image has a truly unconventional crop that maintains no specific cropping ratio, but suites the image quite well. Now I would never crop just for crops sake, it would have to drastically impact the image for me to follow through. Yet at the same time I love finding areas of uncertainty in my creative expression, because once these are discovered growth is inevitable.

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42 thoughts on “Flatware part 2

  1. A big thumbs up. The simplicity of this is perfection.

  2. A bit of cropping can be good, some drastic cropping can be transforming, go for it!

  3. Very nice shot. I like that very much.

  4. Sonel on said:

    Awesome shot Nick! Like what you did. πŸ™‚

  5. I usually crop using the original photo ratio too, but lately I have had suggestions to experiment, and I like the results. I just never thought of it before. Simple yet beautiful photo!!

  6. norinep on said:

    I give it four tines! I like the crop!

  7. Yep i’m a fan of cropping but never know if I’ve gone too far. One of my best was cropping a face in half it was great but you know what….I can’t find it anywhere….It will turn up one day!! I must get more organised….I love the fork.

    • Hahaha, I feel like many creatives often find themselves in hectic disorganization, which for whatever reason often leads to creative discoveries. If your pic shows up please share, I would love to see πŸ™‚

  8. weedimageoftheday on said:

    I can relate to the part of your post in which you mention that you drove around looking for inspiration. I find I can be a bit of a distracted driver on my normal routes because I’m always on the lookout for weeds, the subject of my blog. I think the act of looking may not always result in you finding something new, but it always DOES open your eyes so that you can see something in a new way. hence, your cutlery! I really like the simplicity and the flow of the fork.

    • I agree, my awareness of the surroundings around the vehicle are heightened and Im constantly scanning for “the shot”. Thats why its always a good idea to at least have a camera with you at all times πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind comment!

  9. I am a big believer of the phrase “less is more” and I think your photo does exactly that. Great post processing btw. Hope the print raises a good amount for the event!

  10. Sasha on said:

    Thanks for the follow Nic_ gorgeous pics (need I say more)

  11. Simple yet effective photo. Nicely done!

  12. You really should get a contract with a flatware company. I would buy paper forks if you photographed them! Brilliant

  13. Beautiful photo Nick! I love the simplicity of it. Less IS more (unless you’re talking about the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race, then more is always better!).

    • I apologize Glendene I’m afraid I don’t get the reference. I do appreciate the kind comment however πŸ™‚

      • RuPaul’s Drag Race is a ridiculously funny reality show that is a great escape for me and my fellow Peace Corps cohorts living with me at my site in Azerbaijan. It’s kind of a spoof on America’s Next Top Model, but for drag queens, hosted by our generations most famous drag queen, RuPaul. Anyhow, the reference was to point out how interest and beauty can be found in extremes from simple to not simple at all.

  14. Hi Nick , Many thanks for the continual supply of wonderful pictures.

    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for Versatile Bloggers Award. John

  15. Jimmy D on said:

    The crop works really well here, so i think you made a good desicion πŸ™‚

    On the matter of cropping, my take is that it is should be done if it helps the image. When i started out, I used to try different cropping ratios on an image as a part of discovering how composition works. I think it’s an important excercise for everyone interested in composition.

  16. Like the light gradient effect. I always want to snap photo with this effect but not so success. Only able to use photoshop to post process, but it still miss something.

  17. simplicity is best, enjoying this pic……………..and crop away, it helps me to look at my pics differently – sometimes using something other than what was planned…………

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