Playing Squash


Applied Kim Klassen ‘pumpkin grunge’ texture, soft light @ 39%

It all started while I was on vacation. My friend Barbara Hurst sent me a link to Leigh Beisch’s site. Leigh is a professional photographer and her images are just beautiful – you can check her out HERE. In addition to still life work, she also has a couple of videos posted, which are fun. One in particular held my attention. It was her and her staff working in her studio and one of the shots she was working on was this butternut squash. I didn’t mention it to Barb right away, but I really wanted to have a go with doing a squash shot like that. Little did I know that Barb had the same idea. But it wasn’t until we discovered that we each had bought the same white with blue polka dot tea towel at Petals and Pop that we decided to have a little squash play together. Our only “rule” was to be sure and include the tea towel in our images. So we are both posting our shots today. The shot up top is close to the set up that Leigh had in her video. After that was out of my system, I started playing around with perspective.


Then I rearranged things a bit and added a spoon.


Ultimately the one below wound up being my favorite. Placing the elements on a chopping board and shooting down, then reducing the amount of seeds in the image to three. The simplicity of it appeals to me.


Many thanks Barb for sending me the Leigh’s link and for wanting to ‘play squash’ with me!

I’m gonna pop on over to Barb’s site now and check out her squash. Care to join me HERE?

Oh, since the first image has a Kim Klassen texture on it, I’m also linking up with her Texture Tuesday. If you have time, I hope you can swing by there as well.



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12 Responses to Playing Squash

  1. Donna says:

    Carol, Oh I love your squash images for today! Your challenge with Barb is such a great testament to how much friendships build our creativity and how our own uniqueness can shine even with the same elements in our pictures. I am familiar with Leigh’s work, too – every image she makes is art!

  2. Well so happy to have you as a friend first and foremost and as a photography buddy is just so darn special. You do play by the rules don’t you, I baked mine first and then played by the rules! I also love the one you do, you know I love to think our minds think alike. 🙂 But really all of your images really show off that beautiful Butternut squash so well. I am glad I found the site and thought of you and Brain and then to be able to play along with you just makes the photography journey really special to me. Have a wonderful day my friend.

  3. Roxanne says:

    Love your images–I like the way you scattered the seeds and composed the shots. Thanks for sharing the links too!! I discover so many new things and receive so much inspiration through the Texture Tuesday link ups!

  4. Cheryl says:

    What a fun story and the tea towels are lovely.
    I must stop over to see barb’s also.
    I envy all the time you gave for doing photography.

  5. Beverly says:

    The polka dot towel is just plain adorable Carol, and I really loved it in your egg and butter images. The simplicity of the color and circles gives it a lot a versatility for photography. Your squash is just beautiful, one side cleaned out, the other side so natural with seeds. Such a fun challenge to do with Barbara. Combine images of both your shoots, and you could print a cookbook!

  6. Susan W says:

    I am loving what you’ve done with the polka dot tea towel and the squash. It’s always so interesting to see what two people come up with using the same props.

  7. Sheila says:

    Loving your polka dot tea towel! I really like that you left one side with seeds and the other scraped out – and the scattering of seeds on the table.

  8. Dotti says:

    What a terrific idea for you and Barbara! The towel looks so sweet and I regret that I missed the opportunity to shop at that great little store that you’re all raving about. O never thought about it before, but butternut squash really is very photogenic.

  9. Wonderful to have a creative friend to push us along with these mutual challenges! What did you use for the background in the top picture? It’s a really neat background!

  10. Earl says:

    Wonderful series of my favorite squash to eat. I like the way you and Barbara played with the same topic and the tea towel.

  11. Caz says:

    Wonderful images , love the challenge , both very different , both beautiful !

  12. All beautiful, Carol. I think I like the one with the spoon included. The tea towel is adorable.

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