John N wrote:We did something similar at the photo club the other week when we broached the subject of abstract. Only our 'eggs' were polystyrene that a member had bought for a specific commercial shoot. Been looking around for a white (or just off-white) egg for a few weeks now. Everybody here thinks brown eggs are the way to go - I'm getting some strange looks in the supermarket these days.
(Polystyrene 'eggs' lack that surface texture that will make the image that much more viewable).
Y'know, John, I don't think it absolutely has to be an egg. We figured out that the purpose of the exercise was mainly to discover how to light a round object so it looked round in 2 dimensions. I've seen it done with tennis balls, which are great because of the texture that pops when they are back or 3/4 back lit. The guy in the video is doing what our instructors hoped we would do on our own: move a single light around the thing and watch what it did. They threw in the white-on-white wrinkle as an additional challenge because it is somewhat harder, but meh... With a white egg on a white background if it's front-lit it just kinda disappears. You could do the same thing with a brown egg on a brown backdrop.
(By the way, I'm told that there is no, zero nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. Brown feather chickens lay brown eggs. Brown eggs cost more than white eggs simply because they cost more to produce. Brown chickens are larger than their white cousins, so they eat more food, which in turn costs farmers more. Nutritionally eggs is eggs.)