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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:56 PM

This has appeared here.  However, I decided to give it the full off-camera flash treatment, complete with soft box, scrim and 2 speed lights.  I also wanted to see how it looked in colour.  Frankly, it looks a lot better than it did monochrome.

 

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When I post in the still life forum, feedback and suggestions are not only welcome, but actively encouraged.  

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:28 AM

Nicely done, Mark!

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:48 AM

Mark,

 

Thank you for posting a still life. Well done ! The only comment I have is:  The right lower edge is not visible and blends into the background.  I would lighten that part up a little to make the pitcher standout more from the background.  This does not require a reshoot if you have software such as NIK Viveza.  Which is Free to download from Google.

 

Please post more of you Still Life Work.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words, folks.

 

Fast update:  my link to the Zenfolio site isn't working.  In fact, the Zenfolio site seems to be hit and miss.  I'll monitor through the day.  I might have to do a direct upload here if it continues.

 

Charles, I do have Viveza, and reposting may give me the opportunity to correct as you suggest.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:12 PM

Mark,

 

The lighting is excellent.

 

I find the image just a tad flat.  Do as Charles suggests or since you are experimenting, see if you can add some rim light.  Not much, but just enough to give the image contour.

 

You may want to even throw just a tad of light in the center of the background to give it a hint of depth.

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:14 PM

Nice work

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:00 AM

Hi folks,

 

Many thanks for the kind words.  I've revised this as Charles suggested.  

 

I decided to upload right to Planet Nikon.  If this isn't as sharp as the original let me know and I can change it.

 

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Charles, as a longtime fan of the Nik collection, I have to say that I was disappointed with the results that I got when I tried to use Viveza tonight.  Control points are wonderful, but they just weren't giving me the fine control that I wanted.  I used Lightroom's Adjustment brush, and it worked fine.  So, if there are goofs, blame me, not the tool.

 

Art, you were right about flatness.  So I checked my contrast adjustments.  Yikes! Nothing.  Hopefully my changes have improved things.

 

I really like the idea of some type of rim light.  However, presently, I have a limited number of lights.  I'll work on it. 

 

Thanks again, everyone.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:54 AM

You can lighten the edges on the bottom using lightroom. Use an adjustment brush to highlight the area you want a bit more rim light, and go slow with the adjustment. You can use shadow and light from there, that should be a subtle way of getting some lightness.


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