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Late Night Wine

By St_Fuagowi
Wine Stilettos - happy to hear your comments and critique.

Tags: Fashion Wine Heels Stilettos

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2017 8:18AM
Hi Phil, I think this may be the first time you have uploaded in the Critique Gallery? A warm welcome to our little corner of the site, you've been around for a few years (I remember that b&w portrait), you know what we are about here.

Looking at your pf, this is very different to your previous uploads, so I guess you are using the long dark evenings to experiment. I love the idea, and I understood it immediately. It's clever observation. And it conjures up glamour.

It works maybe 80% for me, it doesn't work 100% because I think of the proportions. For the wineglass idea it needs more height, for the abstract style it needs perfect symmetry. Both are details to work on if you feel tempted to try again. You could for example aim to hide the maker's stamp behind the heels of both shoes, with the camera exactly in the middle between them.

How did you take this? I suspect that you balanced the camera on something steady, so you could get away with a slow shutter speed without being able to get the much longer exposure that a tripod would give? I sense some degree of improvisation in this, and I approve. I reckon you had fun taking it.

I've uploaded two modifications. Very simple adjustments - I added a bit more height to complete the sense of wineglass 'bowls'. I cropped on the right for better symmetry. And I got rid of a few stray highlights which I felt spoilt the clean lines. Just suggestions.

Then I tried b&w, as a bit more mysterious.

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2017 10:13AM
I rather like the effect here. interesting. However, I do think it needs to be pin sharp and I suspect you did not have firm support, which you should on such an image. plenty of time to correct and set up. That effect could be due to the very high ISO? Could you not have used lighting to allow a low ISO when shooting a set piece, which would also give a better colour rendition.

Well thought out though.

dudler Plus
16 950 1521 England
9 Jan 2017 11:26AM
And welcome from me, too, Phil.

The crop and sharpness seem to me to be the things to work on.

A solid tripod, and use a cable release or delayed action to fire the shutter. And, probably, manual focus, really carefully adjusted.

A smallish aperture (for decent depth of field close up) is sensible, as are the other settings.

One of hte beauties of still life is that you can recreate a setup easily, and reshoot, fine-tuning until you have it exactl yas you want it.
TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2017 3:47PM
This is one of those optical illusion images which completely confuddle the mind to start with! I've only just, after a few minutes of looking at it, realised that it is in fact a pair of shoes and not (a) some sort of clever reflection of glass and/or bottle (the "wine" reference in your description) or (b) a clever abstract image of a couple of surreal King Penguins ... Even the word "stilletos" in the description didn't really register for me Smile And no, I didn't read the other comments before contemplating the image - perhaps I should have done!

And therein lies the issue for me with this one - it's a little too ambiguous. Either that, or my marbles have slipped their restraints and I'm finally losing the plot Grin

However, having said that, now that my brain knows what I'm looking at I'll admit that it's rather cleverly done and well lit. Good control of the reflections that patent shiny shoes can give.

Call me old, but I look at these types of shoes nowadays and I wince. I'm at the 'comfortable shoes' stage of life Grin


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