When I found out we were doing "still life" as a theme, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to capture some of my favorite foods in Italy. Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese was at the top of my list, along with this delicious Amarone della Valpolicella wine. I knew that I wanted this still life on the kitchen counter of our apartment as well.
I had it all planned out in my head, but the reality of the execution was a bit harder than I expected! I set it up, crumbling the parmigiano and placing it next to the wine bottle and started taking photos. Too boring. Put a cork in there for some interest. Better. Add some pasta, almost there. Maybe a wine glass? Yes. Too much space between the wine glass and the bottle. Try again. Oh, that piece of pasta is distracting. Move it and try a few more with different compositions, angles and depth of field. Try with counter lighting on, then counter lighting off. The possibilities were infinite!
In order to look good, a still life has to be just so. The elements must coordinate, be artfully arranged, have nice light, and be captured with an interesting composition. Ania's photo is a perfect example of a well-done still life. I wonder if the arrangement happened naturally, or if it took a while to artfully scatter those seeds...
Kat of The Kat Eye View of the World
... by ~ania♥