Flickr member CWMPFB posted this fascinating long exposure of a kitchen at night with shadows.
For me, these kinds of images are great demonstrations of the idea that interesting images can be found anywhere, you just have to be in the right frame of mind and keep shooting and experimenting.
Verbank, New York.
A group of women (artists, a poet, and a chef) get together for a special “luck pot” dinner every now and then. Five years ago they asked me to join them as “photographer” and I did, using my Canon 5D and some nice lenses. They loved the images and so, asked me again. I warned them that I now have smaller cameras but I’d give it a go.
I took close to 300 images with both my Ricoh GR and Sony RX100 III and whittled them down to 150 which I burnt on DVDs and sent them. I did very little processing, just a bit of noise reduction and bumped exposure a bit on the GR images which tended to be a bit under exposed in the low light of an evening dinner party.
It’s fun doing this sort of thing: being in the house of an artist who has all sorts of interesting things to photograph and watching these women present their various dishes in aesthetically beautiful ways.
No doubt I could have gotten better images with a Canon 5D III and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens but the small cameras were good enough and much less intrusive.
The Ricoh GR with its bigger sensor made more detailed images with deeper color, but they were consistently under exposed and the camera hunted for focus a lot. The Sony RX100 III nailed focus perfectly, the articulating LCD was very useful and while exposure was almost always perfect, the images lack the depth of the GR (sensor size matters). I was glad to have both cameras and I have a Fuji X100T on order which I’d have enjoyed using as well if it had arrived on time.
This was not a paying job; I know almost all of this group well and I’m happy to do this for them. I gave them the images to do as they like with as long as they cite me as the photographer, don’t alter them before sharing, and don’t sell them.
In the end, doing this kind of shooting helps make me a better photographer and I got a very nice meal with some nice people on top of it.
Coffee and shadows
flickr user sarcoptiform has a wonderful collection of everyday objects. The above set of take out beverage lids is one example, here’s the whole set: Tea Tags, Etc.