Thursday, October 18, 2012

Eye On Detail

The latest photo challenge on FB Soaper's Retreat was another close up photography in natural light challenge.  What can I say?  I love to see detail and natural light makes things stop time and creates silence for me.  For that moment, nothing else exists.  That is why photography can be so moving.  A photograph can create a mood or do nothing at all with the same subject, depending on how the subject is captured with the lens.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”   
   – Henry David Thoreau

Danielle Martin is the inspiration behind this new photo challenge. (this photo below is Danielle's soap) Her Gin Thyme is breath taking!

 Gin Thyme by Danielle Martin

So the challenge was to get as close as your camera could get while focused, then to choose the most interesting "frame" of your soap and post it onto facebook's group: Soaper's Retreat.   Then, list:
What soap is featured
Location of photo (back porch, laundry room, sock drawer....etc)
Name of your company (if you have one)   

There were so many beautiful postings for this challenge.  It was really hard to pick, FERSURE!  I will say that I noticed something that  a lot of you may have overlooked.  Part of the challenge was to get as close as your lens could possibly focus to and then find the best shot from there.  Also, there were some really great shots, but a lot were just out of focus, so let's be more detail oriented.  I am not busting horns just to bust horns.  I am only trying to make us better at presenting our work and being more mindful of presenting the beauty that IS our work.  Be proud and don't shortchange yourself!  These are masterpieces and they deserve the red carpet.

Winners are....

Lina Vilniskyte
Gel phase... Milk, honey, oats
Light source: Cloudy day at the window

Stacey Sherman Johnson
Victorian Christmas
 In the soap room
The Little Flower Farm

Michael Kitney
Rosemary Mint - AKA Get Your Zombie-Like Ass Out Of Bed and Wake The Hell Up!
Afternoon sun on my soap table
My Planet Earth Soap Company

Congratulations to the winners!!  Lots of love to all who participated and those who watched.  Let's keep plugging along soaping the soap or watching us soap!  :)


LongLeafSoaps said...

These are all so macro photography,!

Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful! It feels like they are right here in front of me for real. Great job!

Leann B said...

Woot woot woot! Congrats to the winner- that was a great photo of a great soap!

Mike - My Planet Earth Soap Company said...

I am humbled once again Joanna that you would pick my offering over the many fantastic pictures that were submitted and that yet again my work graces the pages of your amazing Blog. Congratulations to everyone who submitted pictures they were all fantastic! With major appreciation…Mike :) xx

annie said...

Great photography!!! All are master pieces

Susan (Bella Fresca) said...

Beautiful photos and great picks! I missed out the competition, but love looking at all the entries.

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I live in Panama, Central America, and here I prepare shampoo bars and sell them. I'm moving to California in a few months and I'd like to know what do I need to do to be able to sell my shampoo bars in the States. FDA standards? Procedure? Is it easy???

Please, I'd really appreciate some guidance here!

Thanks and beautiful blog btw! I've been here for two hours!

Shamanit - Natural Beauty

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jyothi said...

Excellent pieces

Allen Briggs said...

The pictures are amazing. I have used your site for inspiration several times and it always makes me rethink my web-design... which of course is always a work-in-production.

I especially love the Rosemary Mint photo... looks like waves of soap.