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Still Life

By Beijing_Rich
Just starting to try something new, wallpaper sample for the backdrop an LED torch and my wifes make up mirror for the lighting. The object is a copy ancient chinese mask

Tags: Close-up and macro Flash and lighting

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edsephiroth 11 169 9 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 11:52AM
Overall, the image looks really nice, and it's a good choice of background. I also think the indirect positioning works well.

I'd say that if you're taking a picture of something that someone else made, then you do need to be representing it in a way that either heightens the artistic creativity of the person who made it, or includes some of your own creativity, otherwise, you're allowing their creativity to do most (some would argue all) of the work for you. And there's probably not enough of your own input here to warrant calling it a piece of art that YOU made?

So perhaps some additional thoughts about the lighting and the way in which you represent the object would make it more...YOU!Smile

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22 Nov 2009 12:09PM
I like it. A
22 Nov 2009 12:33PM
Thanks for the comments Ed, something I hadn't really thought of when taking the photo however definately something that makes a lot of sense to me.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2009 3:09PM
Hello, Richard. I think your wallpaper backdrop looks good, it has some texture and a rich colour. The stand would not have been so obvious with a darker colour, and I feel the warmth of the golden colour gives the feeling of age to the figure (even if it is new). You have placed the mask at a slight angle, which is good. I wonder if this would be more atmospheric if it were a lot darker, with the light more effectively illuminating the face, and not the stand and wallpaper. I have done a modification where I cropped, lifted the shadows and adjusted the levels. The second mod has an antique-type frame. The third mod has buttonizing applied, like a vignette, darkening the edges and focusing attention on just the mask. I like this one.
23 Nov 2009 3:39PM
Thanks Pamela, more food for thought. I have now uploaded one more from the same 'shoot' which I wasn't sure about but have grown to like more than this one, but as a first attempt at it I'm quite pleased with the results.



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