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Pictures for Pam, Day 88: Macro Mondays: Porcelain

Pictures for Pam, Day 88: Macro Mondays: Porcelain
(+7 insets!) (Please view large) :)

Well, you know what day it is...it's MACRO MONDAY! The theme this week is porcelain. Plates and dishes were mentioned as examples but I could have gone for something different like a porcelain figurine. The thought crossed my mind because I have some lovely porcelain horses packed away that would have been very nice. But no, what I really wanted to do was play with subtle patterning on dishware. Specifically, Steve gathered some dishes from a thrift store years ago to use in food photography. I am crazy about pure white dishware and I've wanted to take pictures since he got those plates so I wasn't interested in straying from the obvious this time.

Whenever I do a Macro Monday photo shoot, I intentionally refuse to look for ideas online because I want to see what I come up with on my own. Playing around with different ideas is such fun. The whole process of learning what works and what doesn't is really cool because you slowly solve the challenge of creating a compelling image from something rather ordinary. Some ideas don't work out at all so I have to try again. Or later I'll think of something to try that I didn't think of initially. Adding to my own difficulty, only a couple of plates had interesting patterns to work with but that was enough.

I ended up with six extras to share along with my main image that I hope you will all enjoy. I played around with the colors on some of the insets for fun because they are always so cool and pretty!

The Macro Monday 2.0 group has been such a great experience for me. Because I'm in the US I am the last person to post pictures each week and for some reason I love that! I make a point of not looking at the contributions until after I've posted my pictures (though I do see a few sometimes because I comment on pictures throughout the day and there are usually a few MM submissions in the mix). One of my favorite things to do is to visit every contribution after I've posted my pictures. It's so much fun to see what everyone else has come up with and to be blown away by everyone's clever ideas and beautiful subjects. I love being able to give a pat on the back to each person too, because everyone likes encouragement and congratulations on doing such a great job!

You will also notice that I've posted a panorama of snow on the far hillside across the valley...if you've been reading my blogs, I mentioned yesterday that it was supposed to snow today. Well, it actually DID! The snow fell just the tiniest bit here and the flakes melted instantly but it DID snow. Our altitude is just a bit too low for anything to stick but I thought it would be fun to include some proof of snow.

Pam, I did a search for "plate" on your stream and found some very festive images that made me want to run over to your house and demand a feast! I also found this gorgeous image of an actual FLAMING Christmas pudding!! AMAZING!! What a lovely picture, Pam. I have to admit, I didn't have a clue what Christmas pudding tastes like, so I looked it up! I found a super page that talks about it if you're interested, just click on the highlighted words here. Oh dear. Dried and candied fruits and nuts...please forgive me for running away and holding up a chair to fend you off! I am not a fan of candied fruit, but I expect that your pudding was absolutely divine! The flame is incredible too! Thank you for the fun holiday memories, and I'm sending a virtual *HUGGGGGG* your way!

Explored on 2/5/19, highest placement, #7.

Valfal, neira-Dan, Susanne Hoy, Boarischa Krautmo and 33 other people have particularly liked this photo

31 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome series!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
A great series, it's interesting how much difference a colour filter can make. Good to see the snow in the panorama too.
20 months ago.
Esther club
Although all of the dishes in the main shot are white, the pattern distinguishes them. Excellent ideas for the topic.
20 months ago.
uwschu club
Blick über den Tellerrand, sehr schöne Idee von Dir
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
une série extra !! beaucoup de recherche dans le graphisme et les couleurs
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
20 months ago.
polytropos club
Wow! Great job! I also like the fourth PIP. I like pictures where you have to guess first what it is. :-)
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
Excellent photos all, you achieved creative compositions, wonderful details and some really interesting patterns! I also like plain white crockery because it can be combined in so many ways.
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful series; what an amazing lines and details.
20 months ago.
LotharW club
Eine sehr schöne Serie, Janet! Mein FAV ist PiP 4!
20 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Du schaust sehr schön über deinen Tellerrand, Janet! (Das kannst du auch im übertragenen Sinne verstehen. Gemeint ist damit die Sicht nicht nur auf die eigenen Dinge, was für dich mit deinen vielen Besuchen bei deinen Freunden ja in ganz besonderem Maße zutrifft)
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
love the blue pip:)
wonderful all
Have a great day
20 months ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
Love the creativity Janet. I particularly liked the stacked plates but al” good. I love macro work and you see things you would not with the naked eye.
20 months ago.
Boro club
Jolie !
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Wow what a full variety of it and all of them with the right sharpness and light !
20 months ago.
fragglerocks club
another well thought out series.
20 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful series. Great light and colours. I like most the #4 in the PiPs!
20 months ago.
 Ralph Tacke
Ralph Tacke
tolle Idee!
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Congratulations for this nice series!******************
20 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
I usually do the same, and first take my shot before seeing any other images on the subject. This week I was delightfully surprised to see how many focused on the cup handle! =D

In Finnish the cup handle is called as "kupin korva" = "cup's ear" ;-)

Excellent and refreshingly different point of view you discovered though! *****
20 months ago.
cammino club
A very beautiful series!!!
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Pour une table raffinée... excellent choix de présentation pour cette vaisselle de bon goût Janet !****************
20 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Janet thats fine** and for my groupe white-in(on)-white.
...hahah and with a little smile your 'snow'
kiss - aNNa*
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Simple is sometimes best..............and this is certainly the case here. I like the way you've stacked the plates to show the edges and the way you've captured the subtle patterns without making them oversharp or too detailed. Beautifully done Janet.

Some interesting and fun experiments with colours in the PiPs, but I think the reflection of your flash has worked against you in these - as it's a bit distracting.

I love the pano PiP....!!
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I like the purple picture (my fave colour) and the terrific view Janet!
A good series and very interesting text :)
20 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wow, there are great series to see and it's really fantastic to follow your inspiration and your ideas. Like the details and colours too and specially the snowy hills.
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I love Christmas pudding - if I make my own, it's usually made with plums too. I've discovered a very old recipe by Mrs Beeton of the traditional pudding and it's very easy to make and very tasty. It just takes time to understand the measurements of the ingredients as they are in the old fashioned tables.

I do like the second PIP - the detail of the pattern is so good. As for your view of the hills surrounding you which has snow on them - I'll take your word for that, as it's not so easy to see from this angle. The picture itself is amazing - such beauty everywhere. Brilliant macro again Janet
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The stacked porcelain plates form a beautiful pattern. The colours of the plates in the insets are great. Especially I like the blue one. And the insets which show the patterns of the rim of the plates are lovely.
20 months ago.
Chrissy club
wie schön die unterschiedlichen Muster in den Tellerrändern zu sehen!
20 months ago.
Valfal club
What a beautiful series, Janet! You have been such an inspiration to me over the years, and I am so glad you are posting regularly again! xx
19 months ago.

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