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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Two small still lifes
Old 10-29-2016   #1
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Two small still lifes

As a change from Levi 501s, a return to photography: two examples from my kitchen of semi-"found" still lifes, or still lifes extracted from everyday life, along with why they don't always work.

Who else takes photographic inspiration from their kitchen?

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Love this Roger.

And the next time I take a close up sighting along the fender of my wife's dark blue car, trying to capture the gently curving lines illuminated in the clear morning light, I need to make sure it gets good wash and shine first. Otherwise it just looks like another dirty car.

Attention to detail.
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Love this Roger.

And the next time I take a close up sighting along the fender of my wife's dark blue car, trying to capture the gently curving lines illuminated in the clear morning light, I need to make sure it gets good wash and shine first. Otherwise it just looks like another dirty car.

Attention to detail.
Dear Dan,

Glad it's not just me...

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I like Jacques Pepin idea of the most important tool in the kitchen, his hands.

Lots of possibilities for making photographs.

Here is Jacques photograph on my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006103561396

I like your photographs.
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Who else takes photographic inspiration from their kitchen?

Cheers,

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Occasionally, I do .
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I do oft take photo from my daily life, specially in the kitchen, sometimes they work, sometimes not so much.
But it always fun...

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Fun is mostly what it's about.

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"pa amb tomaquet: toasted bread rubbed with garlic, dressed with olive oil, with tomatoes, anchovies, capers, basil and olives on top."
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I always get more than expected here on RFF. A recipe for pe amb tomaquet is such a thing.

I'd like to use my kitchen as a photographic inspiration, Roger, but unlike my previous residences, I'm embarrassed to. It's too small, and gets cluttered.

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I was in the lounge room Roger, comparing the viewfinder experience of these two otherwise very different cameras, when I noticed that they looked like a potential still life when I put them down on the couch next to me. I tried several shots to do justice to them with the D40 I had in hand and no tripod, sighed, found energy somewhere, got up and got the A7S with Zuiko 50 Macro, grabbed a small tripod and used a newspaper for a reflector and finally got the shot I "saw".
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I like these shots, Roger!
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Not from my kitchen but one that I like in Puerto Vallarta, MX:

Tmax100 at50 HC-110h by John Carter, on Flickr

And also a Leo's:

Tmax 100 at 50-HC-110h by John Carter, on Flickr

Another favorite kitchen; Burger King:

AristaEDUultra100 AristaPremiumDeveloper by John Carter, on Flickr
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My own meagre offering. As much a record of our mishapen fruit as art. But I like it, and can see how to do better this time next year .

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Roger, Just to say I really appreciate your articles and advice.
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I find making interesting photographs from or daily surroundings is one way to keep the creative juices flowing.

I'm not that big on kitchen scenes, but I am fortunate I lived in a home with a lot of natural light. I have many interior photographs I'd classify as still-life or shadow-light studies. I worked at a University for a while and took similar interior photographs there as well.

Last summer we moved from the Mid-Mest to the Carolina Piedmont. Our new home also has a lot of natural light. I have been mentally planing photographs for the near future when the chaos of moving has faded into the routine noise of life.
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Mr. Hicks:

Thanks for your articles, advice and recipe. As a cook and photographer I appreciate all your efforts. By the way, if you open a bottle of wine, you must finish it, as what's left over does not keep well

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Dave,

I like both of these, especially the first one.

You should check out the work of Jan Groover; I think you would love her still life work, done in her kitchen.

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Roger, I thoroughly enjoyed your read & honesty that we do tend to get in a bit of hurry while creating art. This has been a problem for me. I just started using slow films with camera mounted on a tripod. I've been out shooting PanF 50 & it really has caused me to think about the light & what I'm doing. I've had so much fun shooting this way & have already been thinking about the winter months how I can remain indoors & shoot still life projects.

I feel this would really help me to learn lighting techniques & something I've been wanting to do for a long time. I've never been much of an indoor shooter. Don't know why. Sure you have many tutorials on your site that will guide me along.
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Dave,

I like both of these, especially the first one.

You should check out the work of Jan Groover; I think you would love her still life work, done in her kitchen.
Chris,
A few years back someone (who saw my picture #1 above) also pointed me to Jan Groover.
I very much like her (I'd call it) soft and dramatic treatment of smooth and metallic surfaces.
I promise myself to try more in that style.

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Hi Roger, I spent the summer of 2011 convalessing from surgery and the summer of 2012 convalessing with Lyme's Disease. I could not leave my apartment so I started to photograph still life images around me. Here are three of my favorites. You might recognize the Malta Gladiator wuich I bought when I met you and Frances in 2008.
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I enjoy taking pictures in the kitchen with the added benefit of being able to eat it.
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Not the same apple...
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