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Egg-cups

By petebfrance

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User_Removed 3 155 2 South Africa
4 Nov 2012 9:17AM
Nice focus and composition except that maybe the light from the window is a bit strong. Your eye naturally goes to where the image is lightest and it's therefore a little distracting and draws you out of the picture.

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petebfrance 4 1.9k France
4 Nov 2012 11:44AM
Thanks for comment. It's true about the distracting light - all part of the game. The eye should be drawn there, try to go back etc. Adds and edge to an otherwise static composition. Fun, eh? - or perhaps not.....
User_Removed 3 155 2 South Africa
4 Nov 2012 6:50PM
hmm interesting thought concept behind the composition.
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
4 Nov 2012 7:32PM
I envy you these egg cups - wonderful they are and perfect for a spiral theme.

I like the way you have arranged them in the composition.

Some thoughts: the tonal range is very much only similar gray tones. I think you need some more contrast in the image.

I also think you might have taken a bit more care with arranging the cloth they are photographed on. The lower edge is a distraction, as is the window? peeping out at us from the top right.

Possibly a vignetting (either white or dark) around the edges would soften the distracting bits and pull the eye towards the subject matter. Or, you could shoot it again.
petebfrance 4 1.9k France
4 Nov 2012 8:33PM

Quote:hmm interesting thought concept behind the composition.

Sort of. One of the many theories of composition is that a 'Westerner reads' a picture from the bottom left, hence the odd stray limbs / bodies that appear in 'classical painting.' The idea of the light in the top right is that it draws the eye quickly across the picture, and then, well, subsequently that's up to the viewer. Not sure how well this works on a smaller scale, response to this one so far is not positive.......


Quote:I envy you these egg cups - wonderful they are and perfect for a spiral theme.
I like the way you have arranged them in the composition.


Thank-you. Actually the egg-cups look really nice but are impossible to use as the hot egg never keeps still. Guaranteed scalded fingers!


Quote:the tonal range is very much only similar gray tones. I think you need some more contrast in the image.

After a number of experiments, this is how I prefer them. Perhaps my monitor needs calibrating, or perhaps my eye-sight, but it seems OK to me - high-key and contra-jour.


Quote:I also think you might have taken a bit more care with arranging the cloth they are photographed on. The lower edge is a distraction, as is the window? peeping out at us from the top right.

The paper hankies. No, again I disagree. To me they create a tension that would be missing in such a static composition. Originally they were quite nicely arranged - it was only when they started to slip that I began to like them. And the window - see the first response above.


Quote:Possibly a vignetting (either white or dark) around the edges would soften the distracting bits and pull the eye towards the subject matter. Or, you could shoot it again.

There are a number of ways it could be changed, but it's what I liked!

Pete
JawDborn Plus
4 969 1 England
4 Nov 2012 9:25PM
Chaq'un a son gout! ( or something like that?)
JawDborn Plus
4 969 1 England
4 Nov 2012 11:25PM
Had a late night look at the photo. If one covers the top right corner, then the photo seems so much less interesting. Good thinking of yours, Pete.
petebfrance 4 1.9k France
5 Nov 2012 11:40AM
JawDborn (don't know real name!) - thanks Smile
Pete
JawDborn Plus
4 969 1 England
5 Nov 2012 12:13PM
I'm wondering if I've got a dodgy monitor and bad eyesight as well. Perhaps my visual perception is screwed up. I see dark tones on the left, and a transition to the light tones on the right.

Cheers,

Jack
petebfrance 4 1.9k France
5 Nov 2012 1:32PM
It must be catching!
The picture doesn't contain the full range of contrast, though. Straight out of the camera contrast, sharpness and colour usually all need boosting. In this instance contrast wasn't actually modified as, after some experimentation, I preferred this flatter effect which was closer to what I saw when taking the picture. Sharpening was applied.
I'm somewhat annoyed, though, at my own reaction to the comments. Will give the matter some thought!

Pete

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