Big Bertha's Adventures

Random Object Wednesday! Baseball Cleats

Today’s Random Object Wednesday is made possible by Jeff Crump!

I’ve been brainstorming all week on a homework assignment for my photography class.  Our class assignment this week is pretty open-ended:  Experiment with all the techniques we’ve learned up to this point and also consider texture, pattern and different perspectives.  Basically:  anything goes! 

I’ve had these baseball cleats in my studio for months… and I mean months!  I had no idea how to photograph them in an interesting way.  I’d take them out of the bag periodically and examine them – I needed to photograph them in an interesting manner.   But I had no idea how.  Until now.

(Today’s feature will serve double-duty as my homework assignment and Random Object Wednesday).  Or as I like to say, hitting two birds with one baseball.

This photo below took several attempts.  I liked the shapes and also the two tiny pebbles.  Who knew the bottom of a shoe could be so interesting?

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My photography instructor showed us photos of buildings and then advised focusing on part of the building rather than the whole structure.  After all, everyone is used to seeing entire buildings.  With that advice, I decided to focus on the shoe lace and grommet below.

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Here I focused on the stitching on the side of the shoe.

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More experiments.

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The bottom of the well-worn baseball cleat and also a nice product shot for the brand.

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Camera used:  Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II)
Lens:  Macro 50mm
Date:  February 2014

Random Object Wednesday took a short break since December but is up and running again.  Look for upcoming features in the coming weeks.  Thanks everyone for your patience… and you’ll be receiving your random objects back again soon!

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