Still Life Painting Inspiration


Taken w/ 24mm @ f/10, ISO 500 @ 1 second. Applied Kim’s ‘moodswing’ preset

The lesson this last week was to look to still life paintings for inspiration. My still life above was inspired by this still life painting by Mary Datum

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I chose this painting for a couple of reasons; the subject is pumpkins and I’m rather obsessed with them right now, and the lighting was dramatic. I feel like I need more practice with more darkly lit subjects, but rather than go with the rich orange saturation that the painting has, I wanted to go more moody and desaturated. I expect I’ll be playing with this image a bit more but am pleased with the overall result. After shooting the subject with the crop similar to the painting, I decided to get a little closer.


Taken w/ 35mm @ f/5.6, ISO 500 @ 1/3 second. Applied Kim’s ‘moodswing’ preset

And then even closer


Taken w/ 34mm @ f/5.6, ISO 500 @ 1/2 second. Applied Kim’s ‘moodswing’ preset.

This last one is my personal favorite. What do you think?

Hope you have been enjoying the fall season. This last week I’ve felt temperatures drop and found myself turning on the heat in the house. Can winter be far behind?

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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10 Responses to Still Life Painting Inspiration

  1. Jana says:

    My favorite is your favorite, super neat lesson and great choice of painting – love it- JBV

  2. seabluelee says:

    I agree, I like the last one best, too. You did a great job of reproducing the original setup, though.

  3. Dotti says:

    These are all inspired photos! But, yes, I have to vote with all the others. The last one has a certain charm to it. Lovely work, Carol!

  4. Diana Foster says:

    Wow, so perfect Carol.Lovely composition. BRAVO.

  5. Beverly says:

    oh Carol what wonderful replications. Each one is stunning. I do like the last one. You are amazing!!!

  6. Sarah says:

    Lovely interpretation. Pumpkins are so wonderful to photograph. I wish they were around all year round.

  7. Sheila says:

    So beautifully done! I love that last one too!

  8. Gina says:

    Oh, what fun you’ve had! I love your interpretation, very close to the original, but with your desaturated tones. My fave is your first crop — I really like the composition.

  9. Gail O says:

    So much fun to play with one still life:) I think you nailed that painting interpretation! My favorite is the last one too:) Guess we all like simplicity!

  10. How fun, I need to do this assignment. When I get behind I feel overwhelmed sometimes when I get behind but I need to do this one so fun. Love that last one so much. Good job.

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