Stephen Levitas  

Pot by Stephen Levitas

September 2021 - Pot

September 2021 - Stephen Levitas


About the Image(s)

So I really tried to do some thinking about what I was shooting these last two weeks of vacation with my wife and daughter’s family at the Delaware seaside. Turns out I shot only family snapshots. Then my wife and I went back alone to our daughter’s house for four days to fill in a gap in time when our daughter had no dog-sitters, so her family could stay at the beach for that time. I still had no shots from the vacation. I had given cameras to all four grandchildren recently, and our oldest (age 9) liked to document shoot all kinds of silly objects around the house (terrible results, but getting him interested is the point), so I started looking around his house similarly. The result is this pattern study of a large pot of water set out on the bathroom floor for the dogs to water from. I shot this at a mild telephoto to exclude the nearby fixtures of the bathroom. The pot was not crystal-clear reflective, so that is a minus.

8 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
I really appreciated your sincere explanations Stephen and you did what a grandfather should do. Choreography is excellent and it's a clever idea to shoot pot reflecting floor pattern. I couldn't decide where the focus point should be; but the reflection on pot could be focused. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 09/01/2021 03:12:06
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
You are quite right, Ata, about considering the focus point. Since this is a repeatable shot, I think I will go back, polish the pot, and try various focus points.   Posted: 09/01/2021 11:22:58

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This is a fun shot and I like the floor pattern. There are a lot of things you could do with this - I recently saw a paint commercial that had an ocean inside the paint can. You could make the water black with any dark food coloring, create a pattern in the pot with shaving cream and see what images you get…   Posted: 09/04/2021 18:08:19
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Oooh, those are great ideas. Thanks.   Posted: 09/04/2021 21:51:51

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Try focus stacking to widen the focal point.
Since I've never seen a photo like this, I have to say that I like the creative approach.
  Posted: 09/04/2021 19:30:01
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Thank you, Wes.   Posted: 09/04/2021 21:52:49

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Of course the floor pattern makes this image. I think that you have plenty of depth of field, and it is the pot not being polished makes it look like it is not sharp. It was a good idea to convert to mono as the blue in the floor would otherwise be a distraction. I like the composition and that the pot has grey instead of white which creates separation. Like you suggested, you should polish the pot, and clean the inside so that there are no hairs. It would be good if you could also eliminate the harsh white area from the overhead light. I hope to see you next try.   Posted: 09/06/2021 14:54:11
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Thanks, Tom, good point about the harsh white from the overhead light. We are again dog-sitting at our daughter's house soon, so I will have a lot of time to clean that pot and work on the lighting.   Posted: 09/06/2021 15:00:08


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