If the weather is forcing you to shoot inside, try an antique store. The bigger the store, the better. One thing: always ask permission before you go. The Antique Trove in Roseville is becoming my Tuesday group’s favorite inside place to shoot. It’s huge, has a lot of vendors, and the items change frequently.

We’ve been there twice now and have not been disappointed. Okay, some of us bought things we couldn’t resist. The plaques I purchased are now hanging with my photos in the kitchen dinnette area.

I do have a problem though, I don’t like clutter and price tags. So, I tend to do closeups with a short depth of field. I look for lines, texture and items that tend to tell a story. I also don’t like to use a high ISO, but I do what’s needed. Stores don’t take kindly to tripods! Fortunately, I have a 2.8, 17 to 70 Sigma lens expecially made for crop sensor cameras. It typically gives me enough light. Flash photography is not allowed.

During our first visit in January, I didn’t find much to shoot. Maybe I was having an off day and didn’t find items that inspired me. However, last week was a different story. With our outing three weeks apart, the stock in the vendor stalls had changed and, since it wasn’t raining at the moment, the back outside stalls were open.

Because I have edited photos from two visits, this will be a two-part post. There will be more images from last week’s shoot. So here we go. Enjoy my take on the Antique Trove.

2 thoughts on “Shooting inside: Antique Trove, part 1

  1. I find these posts very inspiring, Anne!! It’s always nice to read, and actually watch it, that it is true that you can find inspiration anywhere… (and you need your camera with you when that happens!!)
    I think I tried to do the same when I was living in Ireland. Forcing myself to get out with the camera and find something to photograph, no matter the season or the weather!!! Some days was easy… others I had to go to places like parks or the Botanical Garden or….. I don’t know if I’m getting lazier here in Switzerland… going to the mountain every weekend and seeing beautiful landscapes… Maybe I’m getting used to it and I won’t find inspiration when I’m not surrounded by beautiful landscapes next time?


  2. Thanks Mercedes. The one thing that being a non fiction writer {article, journalism and marketing} is that a deadline can produce amazing results. Since we don’t have photographic deadlines, I set a goal for myself, and I’ve always found something to shoot. Some outings produce better images than others.

    Living in Switzerland, you’ll never run out of possibilities. As you said in your last post, there are different seasons. Each season will bring new opportunities when shot at different angles, etc. You are so lucky to be where you are, doing what you’re doing at the age you are.

    I look forward to each post!


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