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Something completely different than anything I've tried before here, so I'm not sure how it's turned out.

Lighting was acheived using a bedside lamp reflecting off a sheet of A4 paper. The only issue I can see is the overexposed areas on the white edges, however I'm guessing that the darkness in the left of the image may be a problem for some.

Like I said this is the first time I've tried this kind of image so any feedback would me most welcome.

f/8, 1.5sec, ISO-64

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Ben

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S1730
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Horus
Username:beN86 beN86
Uploaded:25 Feb 2010 - 9:18 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General, Still life
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139367 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 11:26 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Still lifes are not easy! This is quite a striking image, especially when viewed large but it is one which, I have to admit, I don't altogether "get".

This appears to be a tile with the image of Horus, which is partly overlapped by a broken tile with some other Egyptian deity on it? The edges of both tiles have, because of the lighting, created bright white stripes across the photo which are what catch the eye. It is not clear whether this was intentional or unintentional, but I don't feel it adds much to the picture.

The dark left side of the photo doesn't worry me overmuch but this is, in any event, easily sorted with use of (e.g.) the shadows/highlights tool in PS, which can also serve to mitigate the brighter areas. I've uploaded a mod for you.

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beN86
beN86  4 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2010 - 11:47 PM

Thanks for the comment and mod. There isn't really any intended meaning behind the contents of the image, I just thought the broken tile made an interesting subject due to the colours and texture.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2010 - 5:30 PM

Very well done - technically first class and lots of detail. I like it - really no crits!

Paul

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clicknimagine
26 Feb 2010 - 7:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Indeed still life shots are difficult, the main thing of still life images is the light. I guess, you have tried to show the light and wanted critique for that purpose, first of all, the lighting you have used is fairly soft because you have used a reflector to direct this, but the main fault, i think, is the angle. unless there is some specific purpose, you should select a proper angle so that your subject is properly exposed. Many professionals use a soft box (which you even can make at the home and if you want to know how it could be made, you can search in the web, there will be thousands of sites to tell the process), they often use two lights from both the sides, many of them also use a light from the top, or both( for glass photography back light is best ) so that the subject is evenly lit. if you could have employed any one of them, the overexposure or underexposure problem might not have raised at all.

Another thing to say for still life photography, you should employ the light or lights or adjust the powers of them or add many more lights in such a way that you would not have to expose the shot for more than one second with iso 100, otherwise the problem of luminance noise will be gradually increased,

last but not the least, your image is very attractive low key shot, usually i do not critique, but this image could have been better,

wish you best of luck for your future works...

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