SHOOTING STILL LIFE OBJECTS IN UNFAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS CAN BE CHALLENGING.
Sometimes you may experience difficult lighting you cannot control. Other times, the background may not be ideal. In these situations, you may have to go in close to either remove distracting clutter or resolve the lighting issue that is preventing you from achieving your intended composition. Unfortunately going in close often creates a loss of context. The solution may be to position the camera down low. Shooting from unusual angles often allows the context of a shot to remain intact while creating interesting shapes and avoiding potential lighting issues.
This image was taken recently in Marrakech of a table of dyes ready prepared for a batch of clothing. By shooting across the top of the bowls and focusing only on the front, a more dramatic and ethereal image was created. It also avoided the harsh light and incidental clutter that would have added distracting elements to the composition.