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Apple log

By dusfim
This is another capture for light sculpting practice.

Found this piece of log and took it home and tried this setup.Using Nikkor Macro 60mm.


Tags: Still life Light painting Still life photography

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chase Plus
16 2.2k 578 England
21 Sep 2020 2:12PM
Hi Mario,
Generally a nice idea and it's different too.
I think with this one you have added one element too much, the flowers at the top are not working for me. I see no relevance to the rest of the image.Also, you have include two bases to your subject, the light falling on the lightest one just doesn't seem right.
I understand your need for some separation from the bg but a little too much for me anyway.

I do see some camera shake evident Mario, especially on the bottom apple.

I did do a mod, fairly drastic tbh.
Cloned away the flowers at the top as best as I could, just to show you how the frame would look without them.
Darkened the base, again, using the clone tool.
Flipped the frame horizontally for a lead out on the right.
Darkened the bg to make the apples and that lovely log really stand out.
Converted the colour profile to sRGB as recommended by the site and for posting on the web in general.

The mod is very different and not 100% to my satisfaction but it does, I think, demonstrate the ethic of keeping it simple.

Colours are good, that log is great and has some fabulous textures but I'm not convinced that this is one of your best efforts, sorry.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
21 Sep 2020 2:26PM
I think you've got the hang of light painting pretty well, Mario. That part of things is working well.

There seems to be a problem with your camera mounting - I suspect you may be working in a restricted space, so perhaps it's hard not to knock the camera in moving around with the light... In the dark, of course, that's easy to do. Do you use delayed action and/or a cable release? That could be a factor.

Otherwise, although I wouldn't have spotted it on my own, I agree with Janet that you have a little too much in the image - I'll add that having two apples almost on top of each other looks a little inelegant. Move the lower one outwards an inch or two, perhaps?

Very nearly there, I think - just a couple of little refinements.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2020 2:44PM
If we try a little anthropomorphism (giving inanimate objects human motivation, characteristics, or
behaviour), we could believe the tree stump is a person and that person is looking after the apples, which have fallen from a tree. The one outstretched "arm" is tenderly touching the two on the left.

Before you dismiss my musing as idiotic, I am not the only oneSmile.

This way we introduce the imagintion of the viewer into the "story". A story or theme is often ideal for a still life, not just a jumble of bits and pieces but a truly creative idea.

I like your subjects, but the flowers seem out of place to me, too. I feel that a leaf or two, an acorn, a pine cone or the like, would look good at the base of the stump, and we soon have an autumnal picture coming together. A leaf on the top would look good, too, I think.

As John says, I think you have the light painting working well for you, so I have commented about your composition only. John also comments on the two apples on the left, and separating/moving the bottom one would work.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
21 Sep 2020 2:49PM
I think you have the light painting sorted.

The arrangement of fruit however, looks awkward. The apple at the top being obscured doesn't help, at lest with those flowers on top. While three is a good number, having the apples as a group at the bottom would look more pleasing.
It's one where trying out altrnatives to get to that comfortable arrangement will take a little time.

The flowers are an unnecessary complication, simple is best. Unless you wanted a surreal appearance, though I think I'd have chosen more striking flowers. I guess some apple blossom would work well but you'll have to wait a few months to try that!
dusfim 11 Malta
21 Sep 2020 3:03PM

As I have said in my previous photo,I am using cable release and I have plenty of space in my garage.The problem is when i am stacking the photo with an action to stack the light painted layer on top of the other.

Something wrong is happening as I'm finding quite some difference in the placement. I place the layer with the move tool and start with 10% opacity on the mask to bring out the light to my desire.

chase Plus
16 2.2k 578 England
21 Sep 2020 4:01PM
Mario, do you align the frames first ?
When you stack images, even the smallest, tiniest movement or inconsistency will show.
I wouldn't use an action tbh, do it in photoshop...
Open your images in Photoshop.
File>load files into stack (add open images)
Select all the layers....Edit >auto align images
You can end it there and use layer masks as you wish but you can also auto blend...
Edit>auto blend images.

Not sure why you are stacking images whilst light painting.
dusfim 11 Malta
22 Sep 2020 12:29PM
Hi chase and all others,

I know how to make photo stacking how you had mentioned. What is confusing me is why I am having that difference. Honestly I am thinking to go for the photo stacking in Ps,but never have used the auto blend images.

I will be keeping you updated on my improvement.

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
22 Sep 2020 12:35PM
Possibly something to try, then.
dusfim 11 Malta
22 Sep 2020 12:44PM
Thanks dudler for your help.

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