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January 22, 2011

Picture Winter Day 22

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 4:49 pm
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Today’s photo prompt reads: “The table (be it coffee, dining or otherwise) is usually the one place where our family comes together at least once a day. What is really at the center of your table? Picture it in a way that says something about you.”

If my photo today was truly honest, you’d see a pile of clutter. Newspapers, books, magazines, hot sauce, salt, pepper – that is what is really at the center of my table.  I didn’t think anyone would really enjoy seeing a picture of any of that.

Ms. Clark must have realized that not all of us taking this class would have that decorator’s touch naturally sitting at one’s table and said that it was okay to get something today about which folks might like to gather.  I remembered a pretty centerpiece I used to keep on my bathroom counter until it started gathering way too much dust and was too difficult to clean.  It was a glass bowl with sand and shells.  I wondered if I could clean up some of the pieces and create something new and interesting from it. 

I’m embarrassed to tell you how many shots I took of this little creation before I found one I wanted to share.  I tried so many positions for shots, all around my kitchen, hand-held and tripod, 50mm lens and 55-250mm lens, auto and manual focus, large and small apertures. 

 In the end, I think the fact that it took me so long to get a shot that I liked helped me out; with how long it took me to get the shot, the flames on the candles got taller!  Those were brand new tea lights when I started and only a tiny bit of wick was available.  They burned long enough to unveil more wick for a bigger flame, which I decided I liked about the picture.

If you know anything about me, I hope it is how much I love the beach and my family vacation.  The shells, sand and water help to bring on thoughts of warmer days spent with my family, just the four of us, for one blissful week each August.


  1. I think the best thing about prompts–whether they come from outside or from something we tripped over on our way to the grocery store–is that we can take them anywhere. We are not obliged to come up with The Expected or The Appropriate. We can do what we please, bouncing off in any direction that we like. I liked, very much, this particular bounce!

    Comment by Gerry — January 22, 2011 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Gerry. Today I felt like my ball bounced in about 82 different directions! Translate that 82 **ahem** in any way you like! 😉

      Comment by Karma — January 22, 2011 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  2. That’s really, really cute! Is the bowl filled with water, and the candles are floating in it?
    You’ve captured it beautifully, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking lots and lots of different shots like you did. How else were you going to find the perfect light/angle/composition/etc.? Ask any pro, and I’m sure they will tell you that they don’t just take 2-3 shots of their subject either 😉

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 22, 2011 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • Thank you – yes, the bowl is filled with water, with a small glass full of sand at the center. I put a drop of blue food coloring in the water and floated the tea lights. Sometimes I had to wait for the candles to float to a spot I liked too!

      Comment by Karma — January 22, 2011 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  3. There’s no way I would take a photo of what my table looks like now! It’s sort of a mingling of random items that belong to all 4 of us (mostly junk)!! I love your centerpiece – it definitely brings a feeling of the beach, and a more relaxing time! Nicely done!! 🙂

    Comment by photobyholly — January 22, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

    • Sounds like we have similar tables, Holly!
      Thank you!

      Comment by Karma — January 22, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  4. Très jolie décoration et ambiance douce, j’aime beaucoup !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 23, 2011 @ 3:01 am | Reply

  5. I really like your interpretation. From what I know of you from visiting your blog, this just seems so You. It’s lovely.

    I would not want to post a shot of any of the tables in my home right now. Talk about clutter!

    Comment by Robin — January 23, 2011 @ 11:26 am | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. It does feel like “me.”
      Just about any flat surface in this house right now would not make a pretty picture, LOL!

      Comment by Karma — January 23, 2011 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  6. I can very well imagine how that wasn’t the easiest thing to take a picture of, as I’ve tried similar things myself in the past and failed miserably… I’d have also suffered the same issues you did with the centrepiece, as my table too seems to be a magnet for clutter too… lol..

    Comment by FS Photography — January 23, 2011 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • It seems I am not alone in this clutter issue!
      I never would have dreamed I’d take as many shots as I did to get one that I liked.

      Comment by Karma — January 23, 2011 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  7. This does tell so much about you and your family. I love these assignments. They are very inspiring to is fellow photographers. It reminds me that there is beauty and interesting shots everywhere!

    Comment by plainmama — January 24, 2011 @ 8:42 am | Reply

    • Such a kind thing to say, Amy! I’m glad you are enjoying my take on these ideas.

      Comment by Karma — January 24, 2011 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  8. Sounds like most people have a similar looking table… makes me feel better. Nice, warm, Maine-dreaming shot. 🙂

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 24, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Reply

    • Yes it is good to know I am not alone in the world of the cluttered table! Thanks, Becky.

      Comment by Karma — January 24, 2011 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

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