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Like a Moth to a Flame

By chase
I am still persevering with my Vanitas stuff.
I need some new props to get where I want to be though Sad

Taken in diffused minimal daylight camera left and obviously the pillar candle had something to do with it too Wink

A 3 frame HDR image, each 2 stops apart, combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Thanks for taking the time to call in.
Constructive critique and mods welcome.
Stay safe, be happy and smile.
Janet xx

Tags: Time Books Life Death Still life Moth Shell Petals Candle Skull Vanitas

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Love this one! Excellent content and perfect composition, the lighting is spot on too.
adagio 4 4 2 England
2 Jul 2020 12:10PM
Another beautifully composed image Janet, and what a perfect the little moth you've popped in (or have you got one that's well trained😂😆Wink!!


PS: That skull has got a rather sinister smile!!
BrianSS 16 423 41 England
2 Jul 2020 12:11PM
A lovely interesting image. Smile
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
2 Jul 2020 12:18PM

Quote:or have you got one that's well trained

I do a specialist course on Moth training Angela Wink

Thanks guys.
saltireblue Plus
12 13.5k 83 Norway
2 Jul 2020 12:24PM
I am trying to make out what that is between the back of the books and the skull - are they small keys? Perhaps superfluous as they aren't very visible (or is it merely my monitor/eyes/light?).
The yellowed light caused by the candle is very appropriate.
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
2 Jul 2020 12:31PM

Quote:are they small keys?

Yep ,nothing wrong with your eyesight Malc. Superfluous ? dunno, difficult to decide what stays and what goes, what anything adds or detracts to/from an image, adds to the 'story' or not ? what each item should have seen the stuff I started with !
Irishkate 12 45 121 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 1:24PM
My eyes focussed on the 'grim' from Pilgrim's Progress - the light is fading - old father time is calling!
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
2 Jul 2020 1:48PM
A beautiful arrangement and set up, Janet, excellent detailed work as always 😃👍
Trev 😀
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
2 Jul 2020 1:49PM
And the petals blew in on the wind where a moth was floating. Which nearly put out the candle which caused smoke. So the moth backed off. Everything is kept safe by the Holy Cross. It's lovely Janet and well composed.
Fefe Plus
11 82 49 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 2:37PM
Love it!
I mentioned I have that shell.....I have the candle too....and some books very similar
Have you been rummaging round our house? Wink
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
2 Jul 2020 2:38PM

Quote:Have you been rummaging round our house?

I'm claiming the 5th Wink
2 Jul 2020 6:07PM
A beautiful still life image.
patri 19 3 Italy
2 Jul 2020 9:12PM
It's beautiful like them all, your usual!
capto Plus
10 7.1k 33 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2020 10:18PM
Great stuff, the skull creates the atmosphere with the moth being an inspired touch.Smile
chase Plus
17 2.5k 669 England
3 Jul 2020 11:11PM
Thanks everyone.
Ivor, many thanks for your UA much appreciated.
Janet xx
16 Jul 2020 2:38PM
Very original and beautiful

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