I was definitely struggling with the Studio Online photography prompt, monochromatic.
Maybe because it’s summer and there are so many other things to enjoy. Maybe I’m tired. Maybe I didn’t know what color to focus on, yes – that’s it – the color – what color to use??
I tried, I really did. I brought in some pink rose impatients and paired them with a pink plate and pink paper with hand written gold. Oh my! All that pink nearly made me sick! I am not a ‘pink’ girl. Far too sweet for my liking!! I couldn’t bear to post them.
Finally, just in time, before the new prompt is offered, I figured it out.
Maybe it was the bright clear sun, that led me to the beach, that sent me walking on the shore, that started me on the idea – yes, that’s it! – beach junk stills. The color? Sandy tans and browns of course.
This first image looked good with several presets – kk_ daydreaminglightright, kk_still, and kk_burntalmond. I never used burnt almond before but I love it this image. Gives it a nice strong contrast against the white background.
I put kk_still on this one, it adds just a bit of haze along with contrast.
Put kk_oldenglish here. Tweaked the whites and the blacks as well.
I like how this one resembles a pen and ink drawing. kk_lilly worked perfectly to enhance the dark lines in the image.
Played around with contrast and saturation a bit after applying kk_darkmood on this one. In the end, it was the straight preset that won.
In each of these images I used one of Kim Klassen’s presets, each one different. Very cool! Had lots of fun working on these beach junk stills!
Lately I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head, creating still life images with junk, not just cheap props but actual junk – free, useless stuff. It forces you to get creative with composition, line and rhythm.
What do you think, would it work? I started a hashtag to kick it off, #junkstills. Guess now I have to work at it. Oh my, what did I get myself into?!