The challenge for the Dogwood 52 week 3 was to take a photograph with red as the main focus. This week I also felt clueless. I’m hoping this is because I was again challenged to get outside my comfort zone.
My main learning this week is that a staged shoot takes so much time and I didn’t allow enough. If I had more time for test shots, trying different arrangements of the props and lighting etc I would have been able to overcome my inexperience a bit better. I really like the final photo though and I had plenty of fun creating it. I especially like the reflections.
I was inspired by this still-life by ShootingShaun, who is also participating in the challenge, albeit with much greater skill than I. My other piece of inspiration was a red mesh basket we have to store soft toys for the kids. My initial thought was to use it like a filter to shoot through, but it didn’t really make things look red enough. In the end I used it as a background.
Here are some shots that didn’t make the cut.
Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated! I’m really enjoying the learning experience of doing this photography challenge.