2019 WEEK 9: Found Still Life

Umbrella Awning- Tonya Bender

For this week’s challenge we are putting a twist on Still Life by photographing inanimate subject matter, whether natural or man-made, as found and without interference by the photographer. Since the artist is unable to have complete control over the composition and lighting in Found Still Life, which are key aspects of photography, some creative techniques should be considered while photographing. Lighting can somewhat be controlled by choosing what time of day to photograph, by adding fill light either on or off camera, or by utilizing reflectors, diffusors, or anything else that may alter the available light. Composition can be controlled by artistically excluding things that do not contribute to the overall image by experimenting with your shooting angle or perspective, by zooming in or moving closer to your subject, or by using a shallow depth of field.

Found Robins Eggs- Linda Cummings
Uncle Tony’s Workshop- Tonya Bender

When deciding on subject matter there basically are no limitations, but some active planning can help in finding those perfect still life shots. Make a point to visit locations that are known to have interesting subjects, especially if you have some idea of what you are wanting to photograph. Some locations include garden centers or garden sheds, workshops or tool sheds, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, markets, and cafes. Abandoned or deserted buildings could be a photographer’s dream location for Found Still Life, but make sure you get the appropriate permission to avoid trespassing and to maintain safety.

Boats- Tonya Bender
Sunday Mornings- Tonya Bender

To recap this week’s challenge:

  • Take a new photo that illustrates Found Still Life by choosing a subject matter that was arranged without the artist’s interference.
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday, Feb 24 and Saturday, March 2.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo? or “why did this photo catch my eye?”

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebookor Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About Tonya Bender

I am a self taught photographer from Allegany County Maryland where I reside in Little Orleans with my husband. My interest in photography began 20 years ago when my husband gifted me with my first film camera, a Canon AE-1. I dabbled in nature photography as well as portraits for a few years until shortly thereafter I put photography on hold to pursue my education in laboratory science and Chemistry. Upon graduating I combined my passions of learning and photography while exploring, practicing, and fine tuning my artistic style. With the use of my creative eye, my camera, and my processing skills I seek to create images that inspire emotion, thought, and interest. I first joined and started participating in The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge in 2014. From the moment I submitted my first photo I knew I had found a new home. The members were so accepting, informative, and encouraging. I spent the next 6 years participating, learning, and creating in ways I never thought possible. I became more confident in my work which encouraged me to enter photography shows and competitions in which images I have created as a result of The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge have won top prizes. A few years into my journey at The Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge I became a Guest Contributor and have written several of my own photo challenges for the group. I am honored to now take on a more permanent role as a contributor and administrator in hopes that my story and my challenges help inspire others just like this group has inspired me! If you are interested in seeing more of my work please check me out on Flicker at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyajbender/