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Another dark and gloomy one tonight - sorry - I just love doing them Smile

The skull has been living in the garden for a few months - I think it can get another coating of yoghurt and go back outside for a while - plus the lower jaw which I forgot to do. It's making good progress given that it was rather bright plastic and now is duller plastic!

I opted just to use the modelling lights on the strobes tonight - one high up at about 45 degrees - the other far lower and pointing at the end of the violin.

I'll pop up the original so you can see the effect of adding some topaz adjust to bring out the dark bits. I'm hoping that when I look at it again tomorrow I don't spot anything horrible!

I really really want to find a nice old bit of oak tabletop next ........

I'm rather pleased with the result Smile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A65
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:7 Mar 2013 - 8:02 PM
Focal Length:30mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Vanitas
Username:cattyal cattyal
Uploaded:7 Mar 2013 - 7:45 PM
Tags:Books, Candle, Digitally manipulated, General, Pewter, Rose, Shell, Skull, Still life, Vanitas, Violin, Watch
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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 7:48 PM

I love your dark and gloomy side!
Great work again!
Tarek

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 8:04 PM

version one for me as the lighting bring out the details better
Regards Richard

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ColinEJ
ColinEJ  8 United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 8:08 PM

Mean, moody and superbly done.

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 8:17 PM

Superb skill and creativity.

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reaper4252
7 Mar 2013 - 8:23 PM

V1 for sure...excellent job

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Bonvilston
7 Mar 2013 - 8:26 PM

The best you have uploaded for a while. i really do love this composition. ...Peter

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 8:48 PM

I'm not sure whether still 'life' is appropriate but, I think this is an superb image!!SmileSmile
A lot of thought has gone into this image - excellent!

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 11:20 PM

Smokin Joe, Alison. Violin heat !!
Ron.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 11:53 PM

What I want to know is who knocked over that jug?
Think I prefer V2 with the darker mood
Excellent work.
KateGrinGrin

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Pinnace
Pinnace  5 Wales
8 Mar 2013 - 3:49 AM

V1, but it's all so atmospheric

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 7:23 AM

Who blew out the candle? Love it!
Ann

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kaybee
kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 9:19 AM

Hamlet meets Nero meets Alison

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2013 - 11:03 PM

A rather late thank you everyone - and thank you too to Ann and Pete for your awards - a good way to start the day Smile

I originally had a brandy glass instead of that pewter jug - too many flipping reflections so that did the job instead. I'd quite like to have had liquid spilling from it but alas I only have two strips of veneer and really didn't want to spoil it!

As for blowing out the candle - thank heavens for remote controls - puff and click continuously and hope that you catch a decent swirl Smile

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