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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:57 PM

Too hot to be outside. Studio work. Attached File  ontherocks.jpg   354.42KB   0 downloads

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:21 AM

Great exposure Charles, I think the vignette also adds to the image and the colour pops as well

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:51 AM

Thanks, Gary. It took me a while to find a red back drop that I could afford. Apparently, red dye is hard to come by. Professional backdrop manufactures want and arm and a leg so, I found this red bath towel at a discount store.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:01 AM

The colors are very pretty!
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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:38 AM

Very nice, I can think of spiritual meaning? Joann has fabric on sale at times, some good pieces for back grounds.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 02:58 PM

Thanks guys for the comments and tips on fabric. I am continuing on this basic set up. The light on the backward cross is to harsh/hard. I want to soften that up a bit among other things. I just bought another red towel so I will use it instead of the white foam core.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

Dead flowers in a vase that is damaged but painted with brightly coloured flowers makes for an interesting subject. I can envision a fascinating series of shots exploring the relationships, textures and juxtapositions they create. The inclusion of a cross is puzzling, the pearls even more so and the pile of stones completely separate to the main grouping is baffling. The vignette almost works though I feel it has too harsh a transition and the centre point should be lower as the pearls have lost their highlights. Its a shame you can see the prop that is holding the vase and if the table wasn't large enough to stop the shape being reflected I'd have been tempted to try and polarise it out. If you squint while viewing the image the background darkens making the subject pop a little more - the roses then look amazing against it.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:03 PM

I like it, Charles, colours are nice. Bokeh and exposure are excellent. I have a very similar crucifix, I think it would have looked better the other way around (its the only nit I could find!).
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:50 AM

Thank you Art and all that took time to comment on this photo. The central theme of this still life is imperfection, broken, unrepairable both physically and emotionally. The unbroken or unimpaired elements are the rocks. Telling a story or eliciting emotion through a composed still life is much more difficult than I ever expected.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:56 PM

It is very difficult, Charles. I couldn't agree more. I have a friend who is a former pro, who had a real knack for it. Some of his stills were amazing. He would rummage around for things like old wooden window frames, kids wooden blocks and the like and piece together a masterpiece! You have to have real imagination and composition skills.

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