Photos! Books! Excessive Exclamation Marks!

Back in November, I decided that book photography would be my new thang and I’d complete a photo challenge each month and end up with all these brilliant photography skills. That lasted about a week, then I lost my SD card to the dusty, horror-inspiring land of no return that is underneath my bed and the whole photography thing hit something of a dead end.

But when I relocated my SD card, I got inspired to give this photography lark another shot, and these were some of the results. Whether I change the tagline of this blog back to “reviews, photography, rambles” remains to be seen, but for now, have some bookish photos.

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Risk by Fleur Ferris. I’ve mentioned this one in my 2015 wrap-up, I believe. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she puts out next, because Risk was a compelling debut that tells a really important story about cyber safety.

The funny thing about this photo is that I was really happy with it the instant that I made it black and white. It was just one of those photos that where the colours just were not working for me, probably because I was dealing with a blue laptop, green doona cover and a colour photograph for the book cover, and there was just too much going on. I was fiddling with the saturation and turned it way down and knew instantly I’d made the right choice, but now I noticed that my phone is not lined up right in the photo and I can’t stop noticing it.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and Terrier by Tamora Pierce. Two really awesome beginnings to series that I read in 2015, and am really excited to read their sequels.

This was another one that was giving me grief when editing it. Cloudy day problems, I guess. There was a bit of glare of the cover of Terrier I had to contend with, all while trying to make sure the colours were in that happy medium between dull and garish. I wasn’t entirely happy with it when I’d finished, but I am now. I like the glow-y effect that the books have.

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. I read this one very early in the year, so I don’t remember it as well as I probably could. I know that I enjoyed it though.

So apparently all my photos need to be followed by a ramble about how I feel about the picture. This one is one I’m very proud of, and didn’t need to edit much at all, aside from upping the brightness a teensy bit and playing around with the softness to see what kind of effect it had. I’m pretty stoked with this one, I have to admit.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Oh, what to say about this one. It’s a fixture on my list of favourite novels, and potentially the book that’s been on that list the longest. The ending makes me cry without fail, and the illustrations are just perfect.

It’s not the first time I’ve photographed The Graveyard Book for a photo challenge, but I think it is the first time I’ve really experimented with removing the dust-jacket. I’m reasonably happy with this photo – the colour balance and the moodiness turned out well enough.

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You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About by Daniel Herborn. For some reason, I can’t get enough of the cover for this book. Writing out the title gets a little tiring after a while, but I like that too.

I’m trying to branch out a little from taking all my photos on my window sill and experimenting with props a little more, so this photo is the result of that. I’d previously photographed this book for the November challenge, alongside a pair of headphones and my phone, and knew I had to go with sometime music based again because music’s such an integral part of the story. Lucky I have no shortage of sheet music lying around. Another one that gave me grief with the lighting and colour.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (graphic novelisation). My friend bought me this absolutely gorgeous old graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for my birthday which is one of the coolest things ever. Another one of the coolest things ever is my P&P Litograph t-shirt, which I’ve been wearing a lot lately.

Played about with angle in this one. And focus, to an extent, but that’s more happy accident because my camera isn’t that clever. Another case of “I’m sick of all my photos being on the window sill”, I used my t-shirt as a background, and even though it would be cool if you could see more of the design, I’m happy with how it looks.

All these photos were taken for the Book Superlatives Photo Challenge over on Tumblr, and I hope to continue with the rest of the challenge over the next week or so. Hopefully it won’t be so cloudy then and I’ll have all the natural light I could dream of…

 

 

 

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