I’m still getting mileage from these quirky little white gourds that I found while visiting our favourite market garden. I first used them in my Autumn Tablescape, and since then I’ve had them lined up on my kitchen table along with two sedum bouquets. Every day the sun pours in on the little vignette and the scene warms my heart.
Yesterday I took them outside and played around, trying different combinations of props, different camera settings, and different backgrounds.
Sometimes I think my creations look forced. Do you ever feel that way about your own work? That self-doubt creeps in… next thing you know, you’re paralyzed, and you can’t get anything out. Happens to me all the time… but I fight it, which is why I managed to get this posted for Texture Tuesday – although I’m quite late to the party.
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Susan W says
These little gourds are great and the autumn colors make a great back drop.
Do NOT doubt yourself–these images are amazing! The gourds remind me of cupcakes. :)
Barbara Hurst says
Yes I do feel that way especially when I am trying to set up a scene, more that when the scene is already set up for me. KWIM? I know when I was in Oregon where I guess maybe it was that everything was new and fresh ideas were all around me I just felt like wow everything just flowed so easy. I think it is when we are in our surroundings that we get in this problem the most or at least it is for me.
Anyway, I love your setup and no they don’t look forced but I do relate to what you are saying.
they almost look like candles. :)
Oh Barb! You must know many of us secretly…LOL Yes, I have that same thing happen to me, and like Barbara H. says – new surroundings are so inspiring and things just flow. When I was away two weeks, I couldn’t stop gathering ideas and things to shoot – I got home and it died. Your white quirky gourds are absolutely adorable, inside and outside – definitely not a “forced” look. What you’ve done, is inspire me to take my own “whites” outdoors now that the sun is shining. I LOVE coming to your place – very uplifting, and inspiring! Have a great week!
I love these photos and your quirky gourds! They don’t look forced – they look lovely; you clearly took the time to think about objects, color, and background. These images are just lovely.
Your photos are gorgeous, Barb !
Love the cream white pumpkins against the soft autumn colors !
I love the palette of the pictures. Beautiful colors.
I think these photos are beautiful, and definitely not forced…I too know that feeling well!
Madge @ The View From Right Here says
No, I don’t think your beautiful images look staged… SO lovely!
Seeing Each Day says
When I see your captures like this(which is just about every post!) it makes me want to send you a return airfare ticket to Australia plus as many chocolates, cheese platters and wine as you wish if you could only just give me a consultation on decorating my house – you have an amazing flair. I haven’t heard of a ‘gourde’ before – is that like a squash vegetable, or a garlic? Thanks for your lovely photo, Renee.
Lovely, I understand your struggle of set up. But these are great and that scale is to die for!
They are wonderful Barb kick the self doubt on the butt your shots are beautiful. The colours and tones are just
right. The gourds look as if they are glowing.
Carola Bartz says
Beautiful photos, Barbara – and to me they don’t look forced at all. They are “just” beautiful, yummy photography. Perhaps you think it’s forced because you worked on it, you were trying things out, changing the settings, probably the location etc. Don’t let that doubt get you, because what you do is beautiful.
I often feel that my set-up looks forced but with just the slight of an angle it works. The same happens when posing people – I often have to explain that what feels strange will translate much better in the end product and unless it is a contorted facial expression, I am right more than wrong. These shots, by the way, do not look forced at all.
Sometimes I think one’s eye can become too critical and we have to depend on our “gut” feeling…..These shots are beautiful….
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
Barb, I think you changed your profile photo. I LOVE this new one! You are gorgeous, I love your spiky hair! And, these little white gourds are so beautiful set against the Autumn leaves.
Pieces of Sunshine says
They are just gorgeous Barb! There’s something about your second photo which really grabs me.