14|40 Humpty Dumpty

FragileHumpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

(Did you notice there is no mention of an egg?)

We were making cookies.  In his excitement to get the eggs out, Atticus dropped one.  I was hoping to do a close up shot for my 40 Fridays project.  When the egg fell, he said, “Oh no!” I said, “I can use that one. Get out another one for the cookies.”  It reminded me of why I like doing a photo project.  It helps me see ordinary events in our daily lives as something worth looking at a little longer.

I had been reading about close up photography and thought the egg would be a good subject. First I took it outside.

These were okay but I wasn’t really happy with them.  But, in the second one I noticed the light coming through the egg and saw thought it was interesting.

Before long, the baby needed some attention and the shoot was over.  I looked at the photos that evening and thought I’d try again.  I cracked the egg this time and set up a light behind it.

When I was reading about close up photography, I learned that to get enough depth of field this close, you need a small aperture.  With a small aperture, less light gets to the sensor, so I needed a long shutter speed.  With the long exposure, I needed to get out the tripod.  And so, this was the set up.

This is the first one I worked on. I liked the light shining through the egg. Then I tried it in black and white.

It looked like the moon.

I chose this one because it was more clearly an egg, but liked the unfamiliar look that black and white gave it.

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