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Dec 31, 2021 15:38:37   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
Still life.


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Dec 31, 2021 22:29:53   #
ebrunner Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
Still life.


I fret endlessly over details when I try still life photographs. I love the color. The red table cloth goes great with the amber of the drink. I think that I would move the candle more to the right. There is quite a bit of empty space on the right and I think that would better balance your composition. In a photo like this, where the book is a major element, I think the type should be sharp. Maybe a smaller aperture and longer exposure time; or possibly focus stacking.

The composition does work and the idea is great. I like that you put the put together with the spectacles; and they are not so modern as to make the candle seem out of place. Well thought out and nicely executed.
Erich

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Dec 31, 2021 23:44:58   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
I was wondering if someone would mention the minimal focus. I thought about reshooting with a smaller aperture also putting some additional distance between the camera and subject. I had the candle further to the right but the base was blocked by the book. I thought I would reshoot but wanted to see what other input I would get first. Thanks so much for your commenting Erich. BTW no table cloth just a wood grain table.

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Dec 31, 2021 23:56:46   #
ebrunner Loc: New Jersey Shore
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
I was wondering if someone would mention the minimal focus. I thought about reshooting with a smaller aperture also putting some additional distance between the camera and subject. I had the candle further to the right but the base was blocked by the book. I thought I would reshoot but wanted to see what other input I would get first. Thanks so much for your commenting Erich. BTW no table cloth just a wood grain table.


Ah, I can see now that there is no cloth. The color is just right.
Erich

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Jan 1, 2022 07:22:12   #
Stephan G
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
Still life.


For me, I find the candle inadequate to the light indicated by the shadows. Its base is too large to the point that it does compete with the book.

In regards to the type in the book, I think that it should not be sharp. The way you have it works for me. The story is that the person just got tired eyes from reading, puts down the book, takes off the glasses and sits back. I would not see what were the words, other than the suggestion that there were words.

Looking at the image, the question is what is the main point of the "story". In other words, what is the focal point? There are four objects, the glass, the candle, the glasses, and the book. The fifth one is the viewer, the one who sat back in the chair in front of the tableau. The first thing that I would do is soften the reflection of the light(s) on the candlestick.

"Still Life" does keep in mind the rules of light and shadow. I suggest that you sit down and look at the tableau in terms of real life conditions.

The concept being worked on is strong and universal.

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Jan 1, 2022 09:34:38   #
Red Farmer Loc: Northeast Illinois and Door County
 
Jim-Pops wrote:
Still life.


I like and work on still life often by starting them and then keep on going back to them. I wonder if there would be a way to infer that the scene was light with the candle. Thus getting rid of the reflections on the candle stick. In reality the candle would be in shadow. Mabe a tight snoot shot straight down on top of the candle. Great set up.

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Jan 1, 2022 10:57:20   #
SoHillGuy Loc: Washington
 
Naked Heat by Richard Castle intrigues my interest. I have several mysteries written by James Peterson.

Is the subject left or right-handed? The glass suggests left and the glasses suggests right-handed. Would the use of just three items be better than using four items in the composition? I like the items that make up the composition but I just feel the order of placement is not the best.

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Jan 1, 2022 11:09:34   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Nice still-life--enjoyed.

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Jan 1, 2022 12:02:15   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
SoHillGuy wrote:
Naked Heat by Richard Castle intrigues my interest. I have several mysteries written by James Peterson.

Is the subject left or right-handed? The glass suggests left and the glasses suggests right-handed. Would the use of just three items be better than using four items in the composition? I like the items that make up the composition but I just feel the order of placement is not the best.


Hum interesting. 🤔

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Jan 1, 2022 12:04:13   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
Red Farmer wrote:
I like and work on still life often by starting them and then keep on going back to them. I wonder if there would be a way to infer that the scene was light with the candle. Thus getting rid of the reflections on the candle stick. In reality the candle would be in shadow. Mabe a tight snoot shot straight down on top of the candle. Great set up.


I tried to just use the candle light, didn't work to my satisfaction. This was lit with a small continuous led light from above + a defuser.

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Jan 1, 2022 12:05:53   #
Jim-Pops Loc: Granbury, Texas
 
Stephan G wrote:
For me, I find the candle inadequate to the light indicated by the shadows. Its base is too large to the point that it does compete with the book.

In regards to the type in the book, I think that it should not be sharp. The way you have it works for me. The story is that the person just got tired eyes from reading, puts down the book, takes off the glasses and sits back. I would not see what were the words, other than the suggestion that there were words.

Looking at the image, the question is what is the main point of the "story". In other words, what is the focal point? There are four objects, the glass, the candle, the glasses, and the book. The fifth one is the viewer, the one who sat back in the chair in front of the tableau. The first thing that I would do is soften the reflection of the light(s) on the candlestick.

"Still Life" does keep in mind the rules of light and shadow. I suggest that you sit down and look at the tableau in terms of real life conditions.

The concept being worked on is strong and universal.
For me, I find the candle inadequate to the light ... (show quote)


I will go at it again. Thanks for your suggestions.
Jim

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Jan 1, 2022 15:23:03   #
edrobinsonjr Loc: Boise, Idaho
 
Very nice. Well composed and lighted. Gets the idea across very well.

Ed

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