When wandering about certain areas you can sometimes feel there is a possible image in a certain location. You then turn into a sniffer dog to find where it is, at what angle etc.
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
Take the boots back to the yard, abandon them, revisit them. If only you could put them back on the feet of the welder, in the yard, then try again. The story is not in the boots but in who wore the boots. Take the boots back to where the story happened, take them home.
I agree - the story is not in the boots but in who wore the boots. A little background here. I grew up in a small town. My high school history teacher was always involved in the community, including serving on the local rescue squad as an EMT. After she retired from teaching, she was often one of the first ones to arrive on the scene (they called these two people the "geriatric squad" because they were retired from their day jobs but still were active on the rescue squad/fire department). Sadly, she died on her 70th birthday in 2011.
To honor her, the fire department threw a party in celebration of her life. At the end of the party, they took her boots and fireman's outfit to the corner a block from the firehouse, where US 24 runs through town. Everyone who attended the party gathered at the corner where the boots were. The entire fire department and rescue squad then got on one of the fire engines and went from one end of town to the other with sirens blaring.
There was no picture in the boots or gear. The picture was in the person who wore them. Rest in peace, Miss Nancy Burnett.
Find the person who wore the boots, and you'll have your story.
Shoot more film.
There are eight ways to put a slide into a projector tray. Seven of them are wrong.
“What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession.”ť
I've spent ages trying to find the photo of various things. More than once, it took till I had picked up a few other random things and put them together before the photo revealed itself to me.
But sometimes, you just have to accept that you ain't gonna get it. Well, I do, but still life isn't my strongest skill.
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I know this is an old thread, but I'll opine on I anyways.
With interesting objects as still lifes, think about why you think they're interesting, then convey that in your photo. It usually involves adding context to the object. Shoot the boots at an unfinishd work site, in an old shop, in an entryway to an old home with a leather weding apron hanging above them, etc. You're adding context to the boots, not just cataloging old boots.
It's not the light or the boots - it's the context they fit into. Sometimes an image just cannot stand on it's own without surrounding context - which could be words or associated photographs. Sure, if you want to get all fine-arty about it, then yeah "here's a picture of a pair of boots in the desert, complete with foot trails across the dunes." But that's artificial.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.