Photo subjects – idea and motivation – part 7

Everyday objects are nothing but everyday objects, aren’t they ? There’s nothing inspiring to take the camera and start shooting. Well, one might think like this. But …
… one might also think different and regard them as real interesting photo subjects.

Over here I’d like to show you one example of another everyday object, which can become a fascinating photo subject depending on the way of shooting and presenting it.
Okay here it is – and now just guess what kind of everyday object this is:


No clue ?

Here are a few hints:
It is used in the household.
It is used in the kitchen.
It is mainly used for baking cakes.

No clue ?

Maybe you can realize it looking at this photo ?


Now, these are the whisks of a normal mixer.

Over here I had placed several old whisks together into a bowl and had taken the whole stuff outside on my balcony. I used the natural light conditions outside – there was sunshine. I didn’t choose a specific background.

First photo: This very detailed photo was taken with a macro lens and the aperture was adjusted to get the smallest depth of field possible. You don’t really need a macro lens to get such detailed photos, although this is much easier when you’ve got a lens like that. Most important is to watch out for the smallest depth of field of your lens and the smallest possible distance to your photo subject.

Second photo: Compared to the first photo it isn’t such a close up and isn’t concentrated on only a few detailed parts clear to be seen. Although there is also only a small depth of field I mainly worked with a greater distance and with manual exposure adjusting the exposure time to + 3 on purpose. I just wanted to show very light lines and all in all a composition based on colo(u)rs with lines presented as colored parts.

The idea of this whole shooting was to get real abstract compositions of these whisks showing mainly lines within the frame. In the first photo, I intended to show only so called dynamic lines – diagonal lines e.g. belong to dynamic lines. The second photo is a mixture of different lines.

Some time ago we started a competition over here at about lines and compositions based on lines. We asked you to work on vertical or horizontal lines first. So if you already work on this theme and “pass by” other kind of lines or have real fun now to work on compositions based on lines, this article here will hopefully give you another kick to go on or to start doing so.

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