You’ve done a wonderful job of showcasing the dramatic differences in hard vs. soft lighting. The soft lighting in your first photograph illuminates more of the object and sheds light on more details within the object itself. In your second, hard light photograph you’ve managed to isolate one side of the object and hide the other side in darkness. This creates a mysterious and dramatic feel to the photograph. This is a great example for everyone to follow because your objects are placed in almost the exact same position in both pictures. The only major difference in each of the photographs is the harshness and “directionality” of the light source. It shows that with lighting alone you can alter the entire landscape of the photograph. Your example is proof that “light is the photographer’s paintbrush”.
From a composition standpoint, you’ve done a great job at one photographic element in particular. You’ve isolated only a couple of colors. Color simplicity is a great way to add emphasis to certain elements of your photograph and add an organized and aesthetically pleasing element to your photograph. However, shooting outdoors is much more difficult than it is indoors because color simplicity is harder to achieve. That is why we’ve incorporated an upcoming assignment about color simplicity in the outdoors.
You’ve shown great technical and artistic knowledge in the two photographs above. I look forward to seeing your next work!