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Heart to Heart

By sherlob
Another conceptual landscape - or perhaps more poetically a 'guerrilla still life'. I'm hoping to add a few more images to this little collection in readiness for a presentation on the subject of using prop's in landscapes for my local camera club in April - note the prop was used at time of exposure its not added digitally. Hearts seem to work particularly well - but I'd be keen to learn your thoughts.


Tags: Sunset Beach Sand Wirral Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Ripples Hearts Landscape and travel Guerrilla still life Moels

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2014 10:20AM
Won't be everyone's cup of tea but an interesting concept all the same. I agree the hearts work well as a shape and your placement is good.

What is the decision process on what object is placed and where? Is the concept for different objects or is it a journey of the heart?

For me this is a quality and well executed image and the sort of thing that would be used on a greeting card or a postcard i.e. "Greetings from the heart of the Wirral" Grin or to illustrate a printed religious sermon.


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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2014 10:35AM
Thanks Paul,

You raise some interesting questions.

I like to use prop's to try and create a sense of narrative within the landscape, however in my experience to work the choice of prop has to contribute something to the image - it needs to add to the narrative - to have a sympathy to the scene. Without this the image fails to work as either a landscape or a narrative. I have only recently started experimenting with the use of hearts however, I think they work well on beaches where their presence contrasts with the open space to generate the narrative.

Its interesting that you see a potential commercial use to the image - I don't want the images to look like 'product' photography - but that does not mean that the can't have commercial value.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2014 12:06PM
A conceptual Valentine's card. I like the improbability of the composition combined with the very precise realism.
23 Feb 2014 2:07PM
Stunning colours
jovanovic 6 26 France
23 Feb 2014 6:30PM
Thank you for your photos SmileSmileSmile and thank you for your UA!
Richsr 11 91 223 England
25 Feb 2014 7:47PM
Good placement and evening light Adam, it does help to have a story to tell too.
Hope the talk goes well
Regards Richard

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