January 16, 2009

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

Recently I was inspired by a Finnish photographer, Jenni Penni, after reading Katy Elliott's blog. The shot is so beautifully taken and so flawless that it took my breath away. Sometimes, when I look at what other people do, I want to bang my head against a post and repeat, "why didn't I think of that". But I didn't.

So, this is my version of the inspiration. The same but wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy different. I'm not that clean and pristine (arches eyes at Mandy). So, I adapted the inspiration for me. I wanted a more rustic feel. When I think of hearts I also think of the wonderful poem by e.e. cummings. You know the one.

This was my result....

As you can see...I need some more work on lighting. I cannot for the life of me find how to adjust the exposure on my 40D. And of course I can't find my manual. I will work on this shot again just because I enjoyed it. And, the Shutter Sister had a blog about how to build a light box on the cheap.

The good thing about photographing fruit is that you get to eat it too. It was a good afternoon sitting at the lake, watching a front move across the sky and the lone duck swim in frigid waters while I munched on an apple. There could be worse things in life.

Before and after:

before and after

"the find"



  1. Cute shot.

    Are you shooting manual? If so it is either the big dial on back or the one on top. I can't remember which one is which right now. =] I shoot with the 50D but they can't be that different?

    Lightbox. http://jenrinaldiphotography.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/do-it-yourself-lightbox-for-photography-i-did-it-myself/

  2. I've tried both but it seems permanently stuck at 1/3+. I'm so going to build one when I move.

  3. what rich photos of my favorites...apples!

  4. I actually really like the exposure of these shots, Char!

    P.S. I've finally gotten around to adding you to my blog roll.. :D

  5. Oh, wow! How creative! I feel the same way when I'm searching for inspiration for child portraiture. I look at other photographer sites and think 'dammit, why didn't I see that?'
    I like the lighting in the first photo... makes it seem more real. Tasty!

  6. This makes me want to buy apples. :) I really like the lighting.

    But, not today. Over these lips, no food shall pass!

  7. Awesome, awesome pic! I love your interpretation and your explanation why. I love the lighting in the pic and the blurry and abstract background. Pure genius!

    And that camera is so gorgeous, I feel like weeping :)

  8. wonderful. i actually prefer yours. i love the lighting. great job!

  9. Definitely original. I like them a lot.

  10. I think the lighting looks very good. Really nice still life, Char.

    Try finding the manual online. Most companies have manuals in PDF that you can print out. Good luck!

  11. i think i like your picture better!

    i've been thinking about reading some e.e. cummings—i think because of a comment you left on my blog.

    now i am going to look for some at the library tomorrow.

  12. thanks ya'll - you make a girl blush. it's always so exciting to get feedback.

    I can't wait to build a lightbox too.

  13. i like yours bcs it looks like it happened by accident... :) by the way, to which poem are you referring?? i must know! :)


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