Which came first?

August 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Color, close up, image of eggs in crate, with a feather stuck to one egg.Feathered Egg-color-1Color, close up, image of eggs in crate, with a feather stuck to one egg.

Remember the old saying, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"  Well, now we know!  haha  Seriously, though, here's the truth about the answer to that question.

I recently took this picture at a farm near where I live.  While meandering around taking pictures, the owner pulled up in his truck.  The tailgate was down, so I could see right into the bed. What my eyes beheld was no doubt mundane to this farmer, yet wondrous to me; stacks of primary colored crates containing freshly gathered eggs.  Some of the eggs had straw sticking to them or other (less desirable) residue; while still others, like this photo on the right, had feathers on them.  I knew at once that I wanted a tight shot of this egg with a single feather stuck to it.  I took several shots.  Some shots were zoomed out, showing the crates in full, while others were tight like this one.  I took both horizontal and vertical orientations since you never know what a customer may use it for.  I like the gentle look and repeating shapes of this image in color. 

You can read about The Anatomy of a Chicken Egg, here. They're actually pretty amazing. As far as taste and nutrition, there's no egg like fresh, egg.  If you're in my area, be sure to stop by Vogel Farms Country Market.  "Vogel Farms allows you to choose Fresh from the Farm, local all natural grass and Non GMO grain fed beef, pork, chicken, eggs and turkey. We have over 70 years experience to help deliver to you, what some say is the tastiest meat in the valley. The best part, all of our animals, and their feed are raised right here in Kuna, Idaho on Vogel Farms."   If you're not in my area, check out their website!   

 

Black and white image of eggs in a crate with feather.Vogel Farms-18  In addition to color, I also converted this image to black and white, as you can see at left.  I love black and white images.  The black and white image has more contrast.  The contrast between the light and shadow is one thing that makes this and other black and white images successful.  The feather really stands out in the black and white version; in fact, I'd say it's the star! The shapes are emphasized more in the black and white image, as well.  When you remove color from and image, it often becomes about shape and form, light and shadow.

Which one do you like best? The color version or the black and white?  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.  Have an "egg-cellent" day!

 

 

 

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