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Chapter XV

By chase
Another from my attempted Vanitas series.
I wanted a bubble here instead of the magnifying glass, but the washing up liquid just wasn't co operating Sad

Minimal daylight camera left assisted by the light from the candle stub.
An HDR image 3 frames 2 stops apart combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by.

Constructive critique and mods welcome.
Take care everyone and stay safe.
Janet xx

Tags: Time Book Life Death Still life Shell Bottle Hdr Candle Skull Vanitas

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viscostatic 13 47 7 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2020 10:06AM
Very impressive work.


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Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 11 Wales
30 Jun 2020 10:27AM
Dark and moody. well exposed Janet.
felixdcat 6 5 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2020 10:44AM
Patience required for shots like these 👏👏👏👏👏
sawsengee Plus
13 6 32 Malaysia
30 Jun 2020 10:45AM
Wow, a very atmospheric, rather eerie and a little "satanic" setup (even with the silver crucifix)......The composition would really seal the deal of the dark scene with the replacement of the white flowers with white chicken feathers! (just a curious, harmless observation).
chase Plus
14 1.6k 388 England
30 Jun 2020 11:15AM
Thanks all.
The feathers are on a different image but I needed something a little more solid here, would work though, I just need a white chicken...hmmm next door have a fine white Rooster Wink
Janet xx
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2020 11:17AM
I marvel at your combination of artefacts in your images - is there an idea behind them, or do we interpret the scene with our own imagination which I suspect is what you want us to do?.
Old father time is telling me to get on with all that reading.
chase Plus
14 1.6k 388 England
30 Jun 2020 11:19AM
Kate, just go with the flow, whatever you see is what you interpret, imagination is a wonderful thing Wink
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
30 Jun 2020 12:26PM
Wonderfully dark and moody, love it, Janet 👍
Trev 😀
Owdman Plus
4 6 13 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2020 12:37PM
Another great image, does it need the light from the left? Very creative, I might have to have a go myself, your image has made me read up on the genre Smile I just need a skull from somewhere....
Keep them coming, they're very apt given the present state of events.

chase Plus
14 1.6k 388 England
30 Jun 2020 1:02PM
Thanks everyone.

Quote:does it need the light from the left?

If there was no light from the left then I am just relying on candle light...I'm not yet that brave Wink
Janet xx
saltireblue Plus
10 10.8k 62 Norway
30 Jun 2020 1:45PM
Another very fine set-up, Janet. Like the connection between the skull and the cross - ok, it isn't a human head, but I have imagination.Wink
Fefe Plus
8 50 32 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2020 2:06PM
Interesting combination of stuff.....I have a shell identical to the one here even has holes in the same placesGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 17 Canada
30 Jun 2020 2:40PM
Your skull looks like it has silver fillings, which is rather scary. I love how you have lit this, but don't burn your house down. The book looks like it could go up in flames easily. A beautifully arranged image and I love it.
Wonderful content, perfectly composed and captured Janet.
30 Jun 2020 3:51PM
Smashing. My photo space in the spare bedroom has become a sewing table for the moment. I need to get on with it and have another go at a still life. I am inspired!
chase Plus
14 1.6k 388 England
30 Jun 2020 7:45PM
Many thanks everyone.
Carol, great to have your UA, thank you.

Come on Fiona, get your priorities in order, put the sewing away until Winter time and get the camera out Wink

Janet xx
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1670 England
30 Jun 2020 9:40PM
Had to... Subtly mixed light sources...
chase Plus
14 1.6k 388 England
30 Jun 2020 9:47PM
Hi John, many thanks for your UA, a lovely compliment.
I love playing with light, it fascinates me, it don't always work but it's fun trying Wink
Janet xx
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
1 Jul 2020 6:40PM
Great set up Janet - particularly like the light on the skull.
chase Plus
14 1.6k 388 England
2 Jul 2020 11:18AM
Thanks all.
Brian, many thanks for your UA, very complimentary.
Janet xx

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