working hard

This quarter I’ve been taking Digital Photography II at Photographic Center Northwest. It’s very different than the course I took last fall, very heavily focused on fine art photography. We’re particularly supposed to work on balance, tension, emotional impact, context…all stuff I find very difficult to think about when I’m making an image. Good practice for me, anyway.

The image above was one I did for our “props” assignment. The drink is, sadly, water with food coloring in it, and the ingredients behind would make  very odd cocktail if combined, but I love the colors and sense of movement in the shot. Like many of my photos, I’m liking it more the longer I live with it. I often hate my images right after I take them – does that happen to anyone else?


One thought on “working hard

  1. Well, as advertised, the background does seem to be changing to suit the pictures. As for the ingredients there, I dunno…they wouldn’t be that bad together. Gin, Campari, and lemon juice go really well together (in the Jasmine). If you put a little splash of Chartreuse for an herbal hit, and relegate the orange merely to garnish-status, it might not be bad. Granted, an orange twist is probably not the garnish I would choose. And it would be prettier if you used yellow Chartreuse instead of green. Might be worth the experiment, though…

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