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I just can't make up my mind about this one - on one hand I like it, on the other it's not quite right but I have yet to figure out why.

Having deliberated for too long however I've decided to upload it - maybe when I revisit this page tomorrow I'll see what needs doing - or not.....

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Oct 2011 - 7:06 PM
Focal Length:27.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:On, Fired
Title:Skull and Stuff
Username:cattyal cattyal
Uploaded:10 Oct 2011 - 10:02 PM
Tags:Candle, Flowers, General, Nest, Skull, Still life, Texture
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2011 - 10:34 PM

Great set/compo and use of light! Wonderful!

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Lydia
Lydia  3 Greece
10 Oct 2011 - 10:43 PM

Sometimes less is more, I might consider ditching the bird's nest and the shells. Also, I can't quite work out the background.... there's a table but what is behind it... and you've textured it. Sorry, can't work out what I'm supposed to be seeing. There's lot's of posibilities here though, I just think it needs rearranging a bit and something great will emerge Smile

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96030 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 8:16 AM

Thanks folks Smile

Yep Arrietty - it was one of those evenings where I just couldn't get it right Smile The background is plain brown fabric with some black voile which was supposed to look like a curtain but I reckon I chose the wrong colour - first mistake. I think I need some rougher background fabric so I can try something without the texture (I'm afraid I'm a sad sucker for playing with textures) - I'll have a rummage through my fabric boxes - or the charity shops - and see what I can find.

I think the table is just a bit too small as well - it's a rather small round table so that did slightly hamper me.

or maybe I was just having a bad evening!

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4546 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 4:02 PM

Great shot !.....love the content in this image, all nicely arranged.....with the candle-light adding to the 'forlorn' state of the skull & dried flowers.!!!!

On my screen, there seems to be a 'blue-mistiness' mainly in the shadow areas....so I've taken the liberty of doing a mod. to reduce this ?, plus a
couple of other tweaks to 'lift' it a touch & emphasize the warmth of the lighting......makes a cracking shot ....love it !!!!!!

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 4:06 PM

Well I like it .... very sombre andscarey in a way

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 4:44 PM

It is a very well composed image, however I know the feeling about being not sure - perhaps just a minor tweek and then you will be happy - I like it anyway.Smile Carole

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96030 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2011 - 4:52 PM

Thanks folks - maybe I'll try again later today - if the hole where my wisdom tooth used to be doesn't give me grief (the anaesthetic hasn't worn off yet)...

It is definitely blue Keith - I was messing about with some cross processing filters and came across this one so kept it.

I approve the mod though - maybe I'll root out the original to put up.

For some reason the Sony R1 has trouble with the white balance under lights - it's fantastic as far as sync speed goes which I why I like to use it with strobes - but white balance is very temperamental. I really should shoot this stuff in RAW Smile

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96030 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2011 - 10:17 PM

Thanks again everyone - and thank you Pete for the HC - much appreciated Smile

I've been scanning dead flies this evening - just for fun......

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Toonman
Toonman  71420 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2011 - 8:41 PM

Super work Alison.

Haven't looked at your work for while. Very impressed. A lot of thought goes into them.

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96030 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2011 - 10:23 PM

Thanks Adam Smile It's all a bit hit and miss at the moment but I'll get back in the swing soon!

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