Beyond Beyond, Assignment #1

I decided at the last minute (the day before the class started) to take Kim Klassen’s Beyond Beyond class.  I thought that it might be a way to expose myself to a different style of photography.  I hope to pick up lots of useful information on Photoshop and Lightroom as well as be exposed to lots of creative inspiration through the class assignments and what the other participants do.

If you are a member of the class — are we calling it B2? something else? —  welcome to my blog!  Be sure to introduce yourself in the comments.   I’d love any constructive criticism on my work.

The first assignment was to make an arrangement, such as a still life, though it didn’t need to be.   Then, photograph that still life from several different angles without moving the item(s) being photographed.   Kim suggested 10 shots, but being the overachiever that I am, I went far beyond that.   🙂

Shooting items from several different angles and with different depths of field is quite compatible with what I usually do.   I noticed last year, during my 365 project, that as the year progressed and my photo skills developed, I shot fewer shots.  I think this was good because I was more easily identifying the best setups for a shot before I clicked.  My big problem with the multiple shots approach is that I am horrible at deleting the “rejects”.   I must be better about housekeeping with my catalog!

Since this was my last week at the beach, I had many subjects that I wanted to photograph:  shells I had collected along the shoreline; birds in the surf illuminated by the sun and breaking waves; another amazing sunset — and yet, another and another;  the orchids and beautiful blooming hibiscus near the pool.  I used this multiple shots assignment on each of them.  And, although I still need to delete more shots, I was much better at hitting that Delete Without Remorse button.

The last part of the assignment was to select of few favorites and to make a collage.  This is the first time that I used PSE to make a collage.   While I like the photographs that I chose, I am find my collage to be a bit boring.  But, for a first attempt, it isn’t without merit.

I made these photographs of the orchids using both my 60 macro as well as my Lensbaby Double Glass with Macro extensions.  I’m still getting used to shooting with the Lensbaby, so it was a good thing that I took way more than 10 shots!  There were at least that many that were deleted because they were unusable.   I made a few adjustments in ACR, then added one of Kim’s textures (Minus43) at 20% Hard Light or 20% Hard Mix to four photographs.   I also used Minus43 as the background for the collage.   I really like the soft muted colors of Minus43 and I was amused that Kim titled it for the temperature the day she created it.  Amused that I was applying it to photographs taken when it was far, far, different than -43.


One of the things that I think I did well with the collage is that I was able to limit the number of shots I used.   There were many that I liked, but I prefer groupings that are simple and uncomplicated.  I don’t think that it adds to a grouping if you have too many shots that are similar.  I had edited four photographs to use in the collage, but jettisoned one of them at the end.   As I posted this, I realized that my margins are not equal — something I would change if I had the time right now, but for now, it’s time to load the car and start the long trek back to the cold, snowy north, where it isn’t 75 degrees, but — thankfully — it is not 43 below!

19 responses to “Beyond Beyond, Assignment #1

  1. I immediately noticed your collage in the Flickr pool. I’m a big fan of orchids and I love to use textures on them. (I did a post about what I found out about orchids.) Yours are so colourful and pretty and well arranged in the collage. The quote goes perfectly. I liked reading how your approached the assignment. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

  2. Lovely! You must live in a beautiful spot! One of my favorite things to photograph also is sunsets! Sunrises are too early for me!! 🙂

  3. Beautiful work, Anne-Camille! I like your simple approach to the story board, it really does showcase the beauty of the flowers and your photographs. So happy to share this Beyond Beyond journey with you!

  4. Very nice. I think your preference for a simple collage is a nice one. You got some nice perspectives with these.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. I thought at first I would be limited as this orchid was in a planter hanging in a tree — I couldn’t move it. Still, I was able to walk around it enough to get different angles, although I wish I had had a means to get a shot from above.

  5. You did a wonderful job on the lesson!! Looking forward to seeing more. 🙂

  6. This is really beautiful and I agree…simplicity is the rule. I love your quote as well! I love what you’ve done with this assignment! Have a great week!

  7. They are so pretty…you picked a great selection! I agree that seeing these vibrant colors makes me want spring…thank you for sharing!

    • Spring is a long way off for some of us. Since I can’t pack the Florida sunshine into my suitcase, at least I can take back memories and snapshots of bright flowers to tide me over for a few months when things start blooming where I live.

  8. Lovely subject such bright happy colours…

  9. Hi Anne, stopping by from B-2 (?) and have really enjoyed reading your thoughts and process on the assignment (I posted on Flickr as well). Wanted to introduce myself – I also live in Indpls, and I noticed another in B-2 lives in Noblesville. 🙂 I hope you will adjust ok from the warm vacation spot to the winter time. Love your work on this assignment!

    • Hi Beverly. I saw your photos on Flickr & thought I had commented on it, but I’ve had intermittent internet so maybe I lost my connection before I posted. I am not looking forward to returning to the cold and ice but one can’t stay on vacation forever! Maybe we’ll have an early Spring again this year, although I would be happy if I just didn’t see any snow or ice until it warms up for good! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative photos in the Beyond class.

  10. This is lovely – very creative. The flowers are beautiful too. Thank you, Anne.

  11. beautiful orchids, they are so colorful!


    Love the grouping and the Orchids- there are thousands that scream for attention!

  13. I like you take on our assignment, Those flowers have me longing for spring. Very nicely done.