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Pot The Red

By Minty805
This is the result of another wet lockdown day, when I was casting around for things to photograph and came across this rather attractive, small pot, of apparently Asian inspiration. I wanted to keep it simple, so arranged it on a blue cloth background, with just side lighting from the patio doors. The idea was to keep it dark and a bit moody, in keeping with the rich colours of the pot. It's not a genre I know much about, so any constructive tips are always most welcome.
Thanks for looking. Allan

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pablophotographer 9 1.8k 405
19 Feb 2021 5:48PM
Hi.
Blue and black are both subtle colours which can coexist together in various uses ( my wedding suit was blue and black) but I think here what needs to "elevate" or stress your subject is not similarity to the background but contrast. You could have a strong contrast with either light green or vibrant orange or striking yellow. I hope you have software that allows you changing the background colour.
pablophotographer
Minty805 Plus
4 41 9 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2021 6:03PM
Thank you for the input, Pablo. While I was looking for a low-key image, that's an interesting idea, which I'll mull over.
Allan
19 Feb 2021 7:30PM
Hi Allen,
just lifted the shadow slightly and tweaked the contrast,hope you approve?
Minty805 Plus
4 41 9 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2021 7:39PM

Quote:Hi Allan,
just lifted the shadow slightly and tweaked the contrast,hope you approve?

Thanks David. That brings out the richness of the tones very nicely.
jacomes Plus
6 28 37 Portugal
19 Feb 2021 8:47PM
I think has worked, but I tried a mod anyway
Selective adjustments on the pot using DxO control point, adjusted contrast to lessen the reflection with a tiny britening of the shadows and darkening the mid tones. General colour adjustments using the HSL tool to the blue background and the red design on the pot (Imay have overdone the latter a bit). I wanted to keep the dark background but emphasize the pot more, hope you like it.
James
Minty805 Plus
4 41 9 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2021 9:03PM
Thanks, James. That's very successful and probably closest to what I had in mind. The reflections on the pot were what I struggled with most. I did use Nik Viveza, but have started having problems with that since updating my Macbook Pro operating system to Big Sur. Now, when I try to save changes, specifically in Viveza, something crashes Affinity, so I'm fighting with one hand tied behind my back. Thanks again for taking the trouble; much appreciated.
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
19 Feb 2021 11:59PM
Very well photographed Allan !!
The folds in the cloth really compliment the image.
Also, a very handsome pot.

Glenn
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
20 Feb 2021 8:18AM
The colour of the cloth complements the pot, and gives the look you were hoping to achieve.
The only detractor, in my eyes, is the top left area of the cloth. Around the pot, the folds give added interest, but that top left area is just a dark void, which does nothing for the image. Perhaps a squarer crop, removing some of that area, or rejig the cloth so that there are more folds filling the image?
Minty805 Plus
4 41 9 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2021 10:43AM
Thanks Glenn and Malc for your appraisals. Yes, perhaps that top left is taking "negative space" a bit far, Malc, and a suggestion or two of the deep blue would have lifted it. A square crop would have been a good idea, which I don't think I considered, for some reason.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2021 11:59AM
Beautifully done, love the colours and the overall beauty of the set...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
20 Feb 2021 12:02PM
I was expecting to see a snooker ball! 😁 A very lovely pot, Allan, and a great idea. The mods do bring out detail more, except in the red on the pot - I find that red in particular loses detail if too bright or too saturated. After much toggling between your original and the mods, I still prefer your lead as it is 😃👍
Trev 😀
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
20 Feb 2021 3:18PM
It looks a very desirable pot. I like how you have used blue material for it sitting on, and also including ruffles in the cloth. I put it through the RAW editor in Photoshop and used the auto setting. It has brightened it up quite a bit, and I can now see what I take to be your good lady reflected on its surface!
My first upload I selected the wrong version so ignore it, I could not work out how to delete it once uploaded.
V5 is my edit.
Ian
Minty805 Plus
4 41 9 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2021 3:44PM
Thanks Isabel, Trev and Ian for your comments. Also to Ian for the mod. I'm very grateful to everyone who has put their spin on this. I was in two minds about how much of the background to show, not wanting to overpower the subject and rather liking suggestion over display, but the mods are probably better. You're right, Ian, that is, indeed, Management watching over proceedings - I'd forgotten she was there! That was another aspect - trying to minimise the reflections on the pot, so quite a lot of selective editing needed in this - or better lighting in the first place.
21 Feb 2021 6:20PM
I do like the dark I think it shows the beautiful pot..Lin
BobinAus Plus
5 3 10 Australia
22 Feb 2021 8:19AM
I like low key style that you've employed Allan, for both the subtle variation in the hue of the deep blues and the subdued tones of the red floral motif, apart from a small area of highlight. Would a polarising lens allow some control of the reflections, perhaps in combination with better lighting? Just a suggestion - I've never used a polariser with such a subject.

Also, commiserations regarding your problems with the combination of Viveza and Big Sur. Those kind of IT problems are most frustrating! With one of the upgrades to the operating system of my old iMac, Lightroom suddenly ceased to operate smoothly and would jam for minutes at a time. None of the facile "10 easy tips for making Lightroom run faster on your Mac" produced the slightest improvement. I was almost glad when the iMac burnt itself out, not that Windows 10 is without problems.

Bob

Minty805 Plus
4 41 9 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 12:13PM

Quote:Would a polarising lens allow some control of the reflections, perhaps in combination with better lighting? Just a suggestion - I've never used a polariser with such a subject.
Bob

Thanks for the suggestion, Bob. For some reason, I didn't think of that, so I'll give it a go.
22 Feb 2021 3:07PM
I really like mod 1. The bit of extra light seems to separate the red decoration from the pot and has it floating, perhaps orbiting the pot. This is the type of post and reaction that becomes an invaluable learning experience for amateurs like me.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
10 Mar 2021 10:51AM
a beautiful capture

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