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Grandmother's Kettle

By bobby55  
Grandmother's brass kettle displayed with apples and satsumas
Also 2 other versions post processed.



Tags: Still life Apple Brass Kettle Satsuma

Voters: marshfam19, mike9005, BillRookery and 10 more


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21 May 2020 3:21PM
Lovely work..Lin
chase Plus
15 1.9k 481 England
22 May 2020 1:36PM
V1 is almost there, but this does need a little more room at the sides and a touch at the bottom, try landscape instead of portrait orientation.
There is lots of OOF at the front which confuses the eye, I would be at something like F11 or F16, it's not going to move so shutter speed is not important.
As this stands I would crop from the top to an almost square format.
These image look so much better on the black ePz bg in the larger view.
Well done, keep going, eventually you will get the desired result.
Love that kettle !
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
22 May 2020 1:37PM
A couple of compositional thoughts here, Bob.

First, having the kettle part-hidden directly behind the fruit looks a bit off: I feel you either need perfect symmetry and a stately progression, as if you are ascending a Peruvian pyramid, or deliberate asymmetry. Also, it often works better if you have an odd number of elements, rather than an even number. Fruit, kettle, and something else, arranged in some sort of triangle would probably work.

The other thing is the truncation of the fruit basket at the bottom: it looks careless: either cut boldly ('I never had any intention of having the edge in frame') or have a little breathing space round it.

All three versions are rather dark: even with a bit of a Dutch Masters thing going on, the best way is to start with a fully-exposed image, and keep one or two tiny areas of proper highlight.

A final thought: a blank black background can work, but usually, a little hint of something else can be better. Cheap, dark velour cloth draped from above the top of the frame, and curving gently round behind and under the subject works, as do more sophisticated things, like a rough wall and wooden tables (or, frankly, a nice plank of weathered wood: if you don't show the edges, nobody knows whether it's an antique table or a stained and polished offcut...)
bobby55 Plus
10 47 United Kingdom
22 May 2020 2:06PM
I appreciate and completely agree with your observations. Perseverance is the order of the day Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
22 May 2020 7:39PM
Cheers, Bob!

And I need to acknowledge that this isn't my genre at all: it is easy to criticise: much harder to get it right yourself!

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