This week was all about finding the most common, plain object I had around the house, and trying to come up with different creative interpretations. That object was a plain white egg. I used to eat them everyday for breakfast and thought I knew what they looked like…..but it turns out I really didn’t.
Ok, so this week was hard. It was less about technical challenges, and more about trying to figure out how to execute the images I had in my head. I made a punch list with several ideas, but only ended up trying a few of them. It is now proven – I have a disconnect between my imagination and my “handyman” abilities. For example, I had a whole scene in my head which involved a fake brick wall, an egg with a crying expression, and a splattered egg below. That’s when I really realized how limited I was in my ability construct things with physical objects.
Technical challenges I faced:
- Photographing a white object so that it had some dimension, but the highlights were not blown out
- Getting a true white – I found when I used lights I tended to get a warmer yellow color. I preferred true white
- Macro focusing when there wasn’t color or a variation in color
The things I learned this week:
- The shape of eggs in the shell resembles the human head.
- Shooting white on white is really hard
- Standing an egg upright using something you can’t see requires an engineering degree
- The patterns of broken egg shells are interesting up close and abstracted.
- It’s a lot harder to build an architectural structure with slippery egg whites than I thought
- There are pages of google images that illustrate expressive cartoon eyes (I mean who knew!)
- I actually had to reassure Peter I would not be cooking or using any of the eggs I photographed in future meals.
So here are my best images
Injury Index: While I did burn my hand on the teapot while fueling up for another photography session with the eggs I don’t think it really counts. So this week it’s a dead heat 5:5.