So here's my proposal: try this technique, using your camera and whatever materials you have lying around, post your picture here within the next two weeks (or so), and then we'll have an internal poll to pick a "winner". What does the winner get, you ask? You mean, besides our total admiration???
The winner gets to choose what the next challenge will be, of course!
Here's the technique: making a photographic collage
I used leaves for mine (ok, I confess ~ I did this last fall), but please use whatever materials you'd like. Leaves, grass, fabric, images, toys, food, whatever you've got plenty of. I love mixing physical and digital techniques together, especially when it comes to making the backgrounds physically and then scanning or shooting them to use in further digital manipulations. You don't have to have any fancy software to do this particular challenge.
Start by arranging your items all over a large piece of paper. Cover the paper thoroughly, overlapping them. I used white here so it would show up better in the picture, but a dark color is better to use for the real thing. Somehow, there is always a white spot that ends up showing through otherwise!
Take lots of photos of the leaves, some close up, some at a distance. (I'm going to say "leaves" from now on instead of "items"...you know what I mean!) Just shoot away at any part of the larger piece that looks good. Store all these files for later use in making digital collages.
While your leaves are still strewn about, add some 3D objects to the mix and snap photos of these too. Wow, two for the price of one…a collage now and more later!
Add any background papers you please behind the shots you decide to keep. I scanned these background papers a long time ago, and now I use them digitally all the time, modifying the size and color to suit.
This entire piece pictured above is digital...I never did have the photos printed out, but you could do that if you wished, and mount them any way you wanted or use them in your work. Maybe in an altered book or on an atc?
So, whaddaya say? Anyone want to play?