Be Still 52 – Looking Back


Top Row left to right: First assignment – Stillness, Backlight, Cookies & Milk

Middle row L to R: Like a Painting, Like a Painting (not), Butter & Eggs

Bottom row L to R: Citrus, Spoon, Breakfast

With only two weeks left of this year-long course (hard to believe!) Kim asked each of us to look back on our year and reflect on how far we have come. The above contact represents just a sampling of the images I made for class this year. I’ve chosen them because of what I’ve learned from them and what I’ve discovered about my photography in the process. Not wanting to bore you all going over each and every image, I’ll pick out 5 to discuss. First up would be the image for our very first assignment…


This image very well represents  the type of photography I was doing last year. Flowers as the subject, natural light, shallow depth of field and a texture layer added. I was rather hooked on texture layers then, though rarely use them today. I still think there is a time and a place for them. Next, we had an assignment to create side light with the prompt of butter and eggs…


I had just started working with studio light. My reasons were the fact that often in our climate, good natural light is a little hard to come by and also, with running a business from home, often by the time I had a moment to do some photography, the light was gone. I decided if I could get comfortable with studio light, then I could take pictures whenever I wanted! Then we had a lesson prompt “like a painting”, which I did literally, then actually went off the beaten path with this image…


Studio light again. This image was also one of the first where I started exploring dark, moody lighting. I still like this image, though if I were going to do it again today, I might go even a little darker and do a better job of the linen placement. The next image was for the lesson prompt “breakfast”…


Studio light again. This was where I found myself really digging food photography. Of all the still life work I’ve done over the last year, it is those that feature food that I like the best and had the most fun with. There will definitely be more of this in my future. Finally, the last picture is not in the above contact sheet only because it is a recent lesson prompt “tea (or coffee) and coins…


I think this image represents my photography right now. Dark & moody lighting, tightly cropped, and textural. Also studio lighting here. At this moment I find myself rather comfortable working with the lights and because of that I’ve been able to shoot more, regardless of the time of day. Of course I still love taking advantage of natural light, and I think there’s room in this world for both God’s Light (natural), and Goddess Light (the light we carry with us.)

Being in this class not only taught me a lot about Still Life and processing images, it was also a great supportive community of super talented students, several of which I’m connected to beyond this course. Not sure where all of this is taking me, but I sure am enjoying the journey.

Many thanks to those who stopped by today and have been following and encouraging me along the way. Deeply grateful.


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14 Responses to Be Still 52 – Looking Back

  1. Karen Olson says:

    It is so neat to see your progress, it’s amazing what a year can do with the right encouragement! I love them all, especially your last image. I look forward to following your work, it’s wonderful!

  2. Beverly says:

    First Time I saw your work on Flickr was a few years ago. Your blog is one of my favorites…you share beautiful images in all styles. It’s nice to see you embracing studio lighting and sharing your results. I often feel pressured to “get the picture now” before the great natural light leaves, maybe for days! You are a true inspiration to me Carol and thank you for sharing your years journey in the Be Still class. It’s such a pleasure to “know” you!!

  3. Always good to see what you have been up to and as I have said before wish we lived closer to have our fun. Fun to look back over the year to see where we were and where we are now. Sometimes we see big change and sometimes not as much but all is good because change it good as we grow from it. Always love your photography of food, you are a wonderful cook and that makes you a beautiful food photographer.

  4. rebecca says:

    All are beautiful images.

  5. Cathy H. says:

    Beautiful collection of this year’s images. I enjoyed reading about what you had learned with the chosen five. I’m going to go back and review my images again and dig a little deeper into the thought process and growth. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Cathy H. says:

    Me again! I meant to add how much I love your header! So light and cheerful!

  7. seabluelee says:

    Such an interesting retrospective, to see and read your assessment of your progress through the year. I’m so impressed with your use of studio lighting. I had no idea that any of these were not natural (available) light. I love the extra effort and creativity you put into the assignments – for example, making cookies for the Cookies and Milk lesson. I do think you have a gift for food photography!

  8. Julia says:

    So interesting to hear a bout your journey! Love all your images – such talent!

  9. Diana Foster says:

    Beautiful perspective Carol. Your images are so spectacular. Really admire your art. Can’t wait to see you again in September. We are going to have so much fun!

  10. Kim says:

    oh my.
    i love this looking back post….
    i see such a beautiful progression…. adore your food photos carol…..
    brilliant…and always inspired….
    in LOVE with the blueberry muffins. : ) and that knife…. oh yes… love that knife..

    beautiful post.


  11. Kelly Kardos says:

    I’ve seen your progress Carol and it must be exciting for you too. That iron chinese tea pot shot is so beautiful…and the fig shot (big puffy heart!)

  12. Carol says:

    You really have a very special gift. I could look at your art for hours.

  13. Aina says:

    a fantastic blog, so creative and beautiful. I am so inspired by this
    you have a special talent

  14. Gail O says:

    What a wonderful introspective post Carol! I love seeing the variety of still lifes you have taken and have to say that yours have always turned out to be one of my favorites! This year has gone by too fast!

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