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Bag It

By AnneWorner  
I've started giving myself projects to help my "vision".

I choose a spot downtown, and try to make a fairly decent image of something mundane. I restrict myself to one lens. Now, if the weather would improve again - but looks like the rains are coming our way for the rest of the week.

I've been spending some of my time in the Critique Gallery recently, and thought I would upload an image of my own to this gallery. Constructive critique will be well received Smile

Thanks for looking.


EXIF: f/2.0 @ 1/4000, ISO 100, Aperture Priority, RAW

ETA: Shot through a shop window of a display at Hennes & Mauritz. Time of day: 2:30 pm with light throwing good shadows on objects. The hanging item is the bottom of a dress. Funky window display Smile

Tags: Bag General Shadow Specialist and abstract Wefi Display window

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EllieEdge 13 15 42 Norway
28 Jun 2010 6:39PM
Hi Anne,
This image makes me wonder whether the robe (or whatever it is) is about to be packed into the bag, or perhaps the owner of the bag has just arrived. I like images that make me curious. If anything I would have liked the items to be a little bit closer or perhaps just a bit more white around the bag. Perhaps as much as is to the right of the dress (or whatever it is!). I can't really explain why.
Debbiee 14 136 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 6:47PM
I thought the subject to the right was curtains? I like the idea of this image, and think the composition is really good, but I feel it would work better as a more high key image I have added a mod in which I brightened up the image extended the white thing, (so if its not curtains it now looks like curtains in my mod) and took away the shadow. I extended the white object by copying and pasting the visible area and moved it down the page to where I wanted it to end and simply cloned the rest of it in above using a selection again of the visible bit, I then cloned out any shadow left on the wall and brightened the image using curves. hope this helps
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
28 Jun 2010 6:51PM
Thanks guys - I should have explained this more clearly. This is not a set-up by me. It is a display window in Hennes & Mauritz. The hanging item is the lower half of a dress!! So, I have shot this through glass, with no possibility of moving anything. SmileThanks so much for comments and for the mod.
LesF 14 182 9
28 Jun 2010 7:08PM
Think it is a wonderful idea and like simpleness of it

AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
28 Jun 2010 7:09PM
Thanks Les, comment appreciated.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 7:30PM
As Ellie says, this hints at stories untold. The slightly desaturated look of the bag adds to that feeling. But what I really like is the difference between the outline of the dress and its shadow - I love it when shadows take on a life of their own. Sorry I cannot vote so I've shortlisted instead.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
28 Jun 2010 7:37PM
Thank you Moira, and thanks for the shortlist Smile
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
28 Jun 2010 8:16PM
Well spotted Anne, encapsulated travel. Ron.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2216 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 8:56PM
Hello, Anne. Yes, I've noticed your valuable contributions to the Critique Gallery, and here you are now with a picture of your own. I like your idea of a project, getting a decent image of something mundane. As you say, you were limited here because of the set-up. The bag is beautifully clear and the shadows are good, and there is some texture on the wall too. I feel the two elements are separated too much, and it's a shame that you couldn't get more of the dress in the frame so that the viewer can tie up the two elements. It does look a bit like a towel or a curtain. Still, I've had a go at a modification, where I cut and pasted the image to bring the bag and dress closer together. I then cropped and added some canvas to the bottom to help the composition. I used the burn tool on the dress and shadow so that the definition of the two elements was a little closer. My second mod has a hue added, and my third is a mono version. I think the wall texture shows up better on the last two.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
28 Jun 2010 9:08PM
Pamela, thanks for all your work on these modifications. I couldn't capture any more of the dress, as there was a red section in the window covering the section above. The designer of the display set it up this way. Thanks again.
Roly 13 Wales
28 Jun 2010 9:54PM
Interesting shot Anne.
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 10:26AM
Superb image Anne, I love the simplicity of the composition, great light and shadows, beautifully captured.

photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
29 Jun 2010 10:42AM
it tells a story Anne, pin sharp
danbrann 16 640 17
29 Jun 2010 11:12AM
Story telling at it's best Anne. I would leave everything just as it is.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
29 Jun 2010 11:53AM
Agree with Danny Anne.Pure and simple this one.
Fine as it is !!
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
29 Jun 2010 12:09PM
Setting yourself assignments is such a great way to stretch your skills. Truthfully, I like everything about this, it tells a little story, the subtle coloring is much to my liking and the composition is first rate.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4236 Canada
29 Jun 2010 2:08PM
I like this, - its a good subject, simple, and can suggest a story with a little imagination. I actually thought, until I read your description, that this was shot in a gym, with a kit bag near a hanging towel.

I like the light, gives nice range of contrast, and technically its sharp, - so exercise is successful I think. I would leave as is, or at the most make a monotone mod.


AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
29 Jun 2010 2:18PM
Thanks so much for your positive input folks! Very much appreciated.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 3:06PM
The quality is quite excellent. I must be missing something - but what is this story being told? This type of image is where personnel prefernce comes in. As I've said, can fault your quality, but can't really see the point.

MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 3:16PM
I took a very similar picture yesterday in Birmingham, through a shop window, great minds think alike and I think yours works well, mods are good too but I don't think they improve your image.
Rock 18 10 2 England
29 Jun 2010 6:09PM
A shot to be proud of, no pretencions just photographic skills.

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
30 Jun 2010 9:31AM
Great idea and capture, Anne, beautiful lighting and looks stunning detail viewed large.
TrevB Smile
frz67 11 10 32 Italy
30 Jun 2010 10:25AM
Hi Anne,
I really like the picture and the first impression I've got is the contrast between the meaning of the packed bag and the hanged cloth.
It reminds me the Clash song "should I stay or should I go?".
With this in mind, I've uploaded a mod in which I've cropped the right part to make the diagonal line formed by the couple bag/cloth even stroger, then after conversion in B/W (PS3) the blues have been made lighter and the yellow darker to increase the contrast between bag and cloth.
just minor changes of a (as usual) beautiful picture.
astyag 13 12
30 Jun 2010 2:20PM
Intriguing title, I like the idea, and an interesting write up. Thanks for sharing it and permitting for a mod
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
30 Jun 2010 3:48PM
Thanks everyone, and thanks Francesco and Astyag for mods - this has been a lot of fun for me.
Paree 16 616 3
4 Jul 2010 8:06PM
its all about seeing the opportunity
i love this simplicity personified

AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
5 Jul 2010 5:47AM
;o) Thanks for the mod! LOL
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
7 Jul 2010 9:52PM
Your original is best by far. It's good to see mods so we can compare and put thoughts in action, but I like it as it is. Simple, pure and clean.
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 5:01AM
Works very well, for me. I think I'd clone out the blemish on the wall on the left-hand edge (at about the height of the bag handles) but, aside from that, I've nothing to suggest.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
8 Jul 2010 5:02AM
Clone out the blemish?? Come on! Let's keep it real. Wink
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 11:15PM
`Reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.'
— Salvador Dalí


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