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January 5, 2011

Picture Winter Day 5

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 7:55 pm
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“Intended for Everyday Use”

Today’s prompt was challenging for me.  “How about really paying attention to what we use, eat, look at every single day, without fail. Decide on one of the many pieces of our everyday puzzle and get to know it a little better. Showcase it in your photo today and give it the recognition and appreciation it deserves.”

I pondered this one.  Thought of the things I use each day and tried to figure out how to present one in a unique way.  My daughters spouted out the same items that ran through my mind: car keys! iPod! cell phone! computer!  True, yes.  Interesting picture? Meh. 

It just so happens that yesterday and today found me helping out our dance teacher with gathering music for this year’s recital.  She chooses a theme each year, and this year’s is “Earth, Air,Water and Fire.”    “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Flamethrower” by J. Geils Band and “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles popped to mind as possibilities.  Flame….hey!  That could work!

 My nifty-fifty, f2.0, 1/50.  I like the bright blue against my dark cook-top and the background bokeh provided by the various  jars and bottles gathered  to the side of the stove.  Comments and criticisms very welcome! 😉



  1. Nice catch for the day. It’s so difficult to capture the details we rush past so often. I think that may be why close up photographs are my favorite.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Comment by somethingnewplease — January 5, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

    • Thanks again for commenting, D. Rush past we do.

      Comment by Karma — January 5, 2011 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  2. Wonderful capture, Karen. The blue flame is so vibrant. Love the bottle bokeh. I thought about my gas stove too but that would have meant having to clean it.

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 5, 2011 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. I did a quick scrub around the burner so that last night’s dinner splatter was not part of the picture! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 6, 2011 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  3. You found a great subject for the prompt!
    And as for your “interesting picture”… it all depends on the angle you choose. If you find yourself looking for something to do some day, pick an object and photograph it from all kinds of different angles (use your nifty fifty), you’ll be amazed at what you can come up with 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 6, 2011 @ 8:52 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela.
      “Objects” in general aren’t one of my favorite photo subjects. I’m sure you can find interesting views if you are at it long enough, but I don’t have the patience for that. I can photograph flowers and butterflies and seashells and beaches and seabirds and creatures etc… over and over from all different angles and not get bored. “Things”, eh, not so much.

      Comment by Karma — January 6, 2011 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  4. Excellent subject. Hope you didn’t get too close! That lens is only plastic on the outside. 🙂

    What I like is the color and and the bokeh. What I find distracting is the black part of the stove in the middle of the photo. Probably damn hard to find an angle to eliminate it but that’s my only beef with it.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 6, 2011 @ 10:22 am | Reply

    • You are correct Scott – it was pretty damn hard trying to eliminate that with my style of burner.

      Comment by Karma — January 6, 2011 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  5. Ditto to what Scott wrote! Love everything about the photo but I do agree that the strong black vertical in the center foreground (which is obviously part of the grate) pulls my attention away. You could have moved and shot in between those pieces of the grate or removed the grate altogether.

    Comment by milkayphoto — January 6, 2011 @ 10:46 am | Reply

    • Believe me I tried to get in between the grates for the shot, but my style of burner wasn’t cooperating with me. Every angle I could get seemed to place burner grate in the way. I did consider removing it, but since the prompt was for everyday things, I thought it looked more everyday with the grate in place.
      Thanks Tracy 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 6, 2011 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  6. J´aime beaucoup ce bleu intense, les flammes orange. La barre noire au milieu m´apparaît comme une bougie, lumière naturelle.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 6, 2011 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

    • Merci Isa. Cette photographie a été un défi pour moi, mais je suis content du résultat.

      Comment by Karma — January 6, 2011 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  7. Another great interpretation of the prompt. I would never have thought of the stove and/or the flame.

    Comment by Robin — January 6, 2011 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin! I don’t know if I would have thought of it if it wasn’t for the “flame” songs that were on my mind!

      Comment by Karma — January 6, 2011 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

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