Back Modifications (2)


By chase
I tried my hand at a few Vanitas images, something I have wanted to have a go at for ages.I started with a very cluttered table and gradually reduced the number of 'things'. This is about half way through the session so be prepared Wink

Lit by minimal daylight camera left and the candle. I really wanted the darkness here.

An HDR image, 3 frames each 2 stops apart, combined in Lightroom, finished in Photofaffshop with a straighten up crop and a few tweaks.

My favourite bit has to be the effect from the magnifying glass, quite effective...I thought Wink

Thanks for dropping by
Constructive critique and mods welcome.
Stay safe and smile.
Janet xx

Tags: Time Books Life World Death Still life Shell Hdr Skull Vanitas magifying glass

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Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2020 12:30PM
Something new again Janet - I do love the effect with the magnifying glass!
The globe looks a lovely piece too.
What can we expect next!!
Steveo28 8 11 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2020 12:31PM
A very nice collection, which work well together, I actually like the smoke spiral from the candle, by design ?
Steve O
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
29 Jun 2020 12:36PM
Thanks guys.
Steve, I had lots of trouble with that candle, it's not straight and kept falling over, I must have blown it out and relit it a dozen times, hence the smoke Sad almost cloned it out as it was only on one of the 3 frames but, it was there so I included it.
Janet xx
Leedslass1 Plus
4 3.5k 3 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2020 1:10PM
Great image. You have a wonderful collection of props.
adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
29 Jun 2020 1:24PM
Loads of things and loads of interest, Janet!! Great title and I do like the magnified effect on the books, as well as the tiny bit through the glasses. The candlelight is gorgeous, catching the tip of the skulll and creating a small shadow on the edge of the red book; then there's the reflected light in the watch face....I can go on and on and can't stop looking at it, bewitched!!!

chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
29 Jun 2020 1:28PM
Thank you Angela, what a lovely comment and many thanks for your valued UA too.
Janet xx
Owdman Plus
5 6 19 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2020 1:33PM
Lovely composition Janet, though I might have been tempted to have the magnifying glass over a different part of the image, I like the whole composition, but then find I'm looking for the magnifying glass from the title and I feel that pulls my eyes too far to the left of the main image. I also feel that the magnification should be of something more symbolic that the books, perhaps the die on a six or the small watch? I also find the magnifying glass too light. Really interesting image, it's made me look at lots of similar images on line. Smile
Stay safe.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
29 Jun 2020 1:42PM
I don't know if it is deliberate, but I do like the repeated circles, from the magnifying glass, to the clock and watches, the round spectacles and the round end of the key.
PhilT2 Plus
11 536 31 England
29 Jun 2020 2:20PM
A wonderful collection of items and the magnifying glass adds an unusual and very effective addition to the image. Glad you kept the candle in the image as the lighting would have looked strange had you cloned it out.
Looking forward to the rest of the series Janet
29 Jun 2020 2:59PM
A beautiful still life image.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
29 Jun 2020 3:09PM
Plenty of interesting objects here, Janet 😃 Excellent still-life work 👍
Trev 😀
felixdcat 6 5 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2020 3:10PM
Your photography echos the old Myst & Riven pc games Google it if you’ve never seen it very atmospheric .
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
29 Jun 2020 4:23PM

Quote: I'm looking for the magnifying glass from the title

Couldn't think of another Norm.
I did struggle a little with the position of the magnifying glass in this image, over towards the dice compromised the clock, in the middle, too obvious.
I didn't lighten the glass, that is just about as was with the light from my window.
I shuffled this composition around that many times I went dizzy Wink

Quote: Myst & Riven

Off to google right now.

Quote:I don't know if it is deliberate

Of course it was Malc Wink

Thanks everyone.
Janet xx
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
29 Jun 2020 4:27PM

Quote: Myst & Riven

Some great images from those games, I can see why you made the connection.
29 Jun 2020 6:56PM
Fab. I love the clock hands which look to me too long for the face?Smile Can't quite work out what the thing is far right Blush. What about snapping the candle and having it shorter? Looking forward to more of
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
29 Jun 2020 7:33PM
Fiona, the bit far right is a piece of barbed wire, never thought of snapping the candle..doh Blush I ended up with a shorter,fatter pillar candle as I was fed up with this one falling over !
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
29 Jun 2020 8:22PM
My goodness you have quite the collection of objects. One especially spooky. I too love your magnifying glass. I want to pick it up and inspect everything up close. Really well assembled image. Love the darkness too.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
29 Jun 2020 9:28PM
So much good stuff going on today at EPZ Towers...
29 Jun 2020 10:09PM
Great composition, love the low light
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
30 Jun 2020 7:57AM
Thank you everyone.
Sandy, lovely compliment to be awarded your UA, many thanks.
Nice mod Norm, thank you.
Janet xx
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
30 Jun 2020 9:57AM
Norm, many thanks for your UA, very much appreciated.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
2 Jul 2020 11:19AM
Thanks all.
John, thank you for your UA very much appreciated.
Janet xx

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