This latest competition had a theme of 'Mostly Yellow'. I first thought about using my yellow Pyrex.
Then I thought about using sunflowers and of course a typewriter.
However, for the past few competitions, I've tried to do something unusual and creative with crafty objects. (Either that, or I take photos of thrifted shoes, which is equally fun.) I wanted to end the camera club season with a nod to my signature style.
Having no yellow shoes on hand this time,
I decided to use the sewing supplies.
I had an idea in my head of how to arrange the objects, but instead I started out just photographing the stuff haphazardly:
(It clearly wasn't working. Even if I had turned the measuring tap the other way, something wasn't right here.)
Once I straightened out the tape measure, I thought things improved slightly.
But the photos still weren't there yet.
In the end, I remembered my original idea and decided to spell out 'yellow':
And I loved it!
Apparently the judges did too. It scored very well and I walked away with first place in the 'Mostly Yellow' category. In fact, I got three first place ribbons that night -- I tied for first with a black and white print, and I also tied for first with my color print.
One of the judges asked how long it took me to gather the yellow items. I somewhat sheepishly admitted that everything was already in my stash of supplies -- I needed to only root through a container. Then she wanted to know how long it took me to arrange it. Honestly, not long. Even though I played around with the orientation of the supplies for a while before I actually spelled the word, I knew from the start what I wanted to do.
It's not always like that though. Usually my original thoughts are only a seed for what the photo or craft becomes. Sometimes it takes me an hour or more to arrange stuff and figure out where I want things to go. Other times though, the first ideas are the real deal, or at least fairly close. If I had actually scribbled down my idea, my first sketch would have looked similar to the photo above -- only I would have drawn a yellow zipper for the Y. (I was too cheap to buy a yellow zipper, so I used what I already had.)
The black background made the whole thing stand out. Plus, as one judge said, 'Everything looks great on black velvet!' In my case, I used a black scarf. I laid it on the floor, arranged the items and aimed the camera straight down.
I liked this idea so much that I may have to spell out the rest of the rainbow. I'm sure I already have the craft supplies for the job.