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Reading Light

By chase
Back to the dark side for me.
I always find bare flames on a candle challenging, so, an HDR image was on the cards. Even then, choosing which frames to include or leave out was not easy.
5 frames 2 stops apart combined in Lightroom.
Single texture layer added in Photoshop, straighten up crop and levels adjusted.
Taken with restricted daylight camera left and candle light against black velvet.

The little wooden unit once stood in a very old Church, when they had a clear out, I became the new owner. It has stood in my garage for years gathering dust and cobwebs...time for an outing.

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

Tags: Books Glasses Dark Still life Texture Wood Daylight Candle Pot Candle light Teasels

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chavender Plus
11 529 2 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 11:48AM
Very atmospheric.
Great lighting and processing.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
20 Apr 2020 12:06PM
Thanks all.
Bill, lovely to have your UA, many thanks, muchly appreciated.
Janet xx
cymru2019 2 17 7 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 12:13PM
I think you have pulled out all the stops here. David
Legend147 6 295 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 1:03PM
chataignier Plus
9 221 12 France
20 Apr 2020 1:24PM
Lovely ! Nice arrangement of subject material and the light just right.
I do agree that candle flames are difficult - this has worked really well.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
20 Apr 2020 1:25PM
A fine set-up and capture, here, Janet. I like teasels, and here they're very nicely illuminated by the candle. Beautiful work 👍
Trev 😀
adagio Plus
3 4 2 England
20 Apr 2020 1:34PM
Another one word comment, Janet......WOW!!!!

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
20 Apr 2020 2:24PM
So well put together and chosen. Old books really photograph well and take us back in time.
20 Apr 2020 3:14PM
Very Janetesque! Tricky not only for the candlelight but to mask fiddly things like teasels against a dark b/g, in my experience, but then I don't have yours. Nice one!
saltireblue Plus
12 12.9k 82 Norway
20 Apr 2020 3:17PM
You'll strain your eyes reading in that light, Janet!Wink
I like this a lot, very well balanced, and well controlled lighting.
Niknut Plus
12 3.2k 82 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 3:20PM
Great shot !!....lovely arrangement with nice lighting, creating a lovely painterly quality !!.Smile
LoryC 6 2 Italy
20 Apr 2020 3:29PM
Beautifully taken and composed.

bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
20 Apr 2020 4:47PM
Superbly composed set up Janet - great light particularly on that teasel stem. Nice touch.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
20 Apr 2020 5:02PM
Thank you everyone, what a great response to this one.
Special thanks to David, Andy, Roy, Andrew, Adam, Keith and Brian, fab to have your User Awards, great compliments.
Janet xx
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 6:02PM
The little unit looks fabulous for so many still life images.
You put so much effort into one image to great effect.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1928 England
20 Apr 2020 6:14PM
Puts me in mind of a Leonard Cohen track, The Smoky Life...
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
20 Apr 2020 6:21PM
Thanks all.
Extra thanks to John and Malc, great to have your UAs,very much appreciated.

The little cupboard is quite small on the top, although it stands high enough for me not to have to bend down to take images Wink
I take it in stages and step away, see what looks ok and constructing something does keep me occupied when I am not either hoovering or digging something up in the garden.

Janet xx
clicknimagine Plus
12 1.0k 105 India
20 Apr 2020 7:00PM
Everything is so beautiful but the light is extraordinary...Well Done...
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
20 Apr 2020 7:06PM
Wow, a GEA, many, many thanks Somnath, so very complimentary and appreciated.
Janet xx
richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
20 Apr 2020 7:42PM
A well constructed image with good lighting. Very nice indeed.
Yogendra 18 22 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2020 10:19PM
dimalexa 5 5 Greece
20 Apr 2020 10:25PM
An amazing still life photo, with excellent composition and lighting, as well as very well processing, Janet!
Leedslass1 Plus
6 3.9k 3 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2020 8:08AM
Wonderful still life.
Beautifully arranged and captured still life image.
chase Plus
16 2.4k 620 England
22 Apr 2020 3:26PM
Thank you everyone.
Special thanks for User Awards to Mara, Carol, Rae, Angi, Bob and Sue, so very much appreciated.
Janet xx

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