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Waiting in the Hall

By beggarsoak
Close up of walking stick with duck head, no more, no less!

Tags: Duck Close-up and macro Walking stick

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chase Plus
14 1.4k 328 England
10 Dec 2019 10:33AM
Hi Steven and welcome back to ePz and the Critique Gallery, I see it has been a while since you were here last.

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Just a little more info would be helpful, perhaps a response to a couple of the questions posed above.
As it is without further info I can only offer basic critique.
So, as I see this lovely walking stick head, the diagonal of the table is a little distracting, perhaps you could have moved the stick to a place with no interference or used a piece of card or the like behind to really put the focus on the head.
I quite like the reflections on the beak, which gives it a good shape. Maybe a wee bit too much light ( from a window perhaps ? ) which has rendered some of the highlights a little overdone, a small diffuser may have helped with that.

I like the shallow DOF you have used, it just puts the 'stick' slightly OOF therefore the focus is on the head where it needs to be.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
10 Dec 2019 4:34PM
It looks quite good, - a few answers will help us help you!


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4096 Canada
11 Dec 2019 1:09PM
Ive uploaded a mod in the interim. Its been cropped to move the head more to the right, and lower; the tone is a little warmer; and the eye is quite a bit sharper.


dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1605 England
11 Dec 2019 10:22PM
With a static subject and a tripod, it would be simple to use a longer exposure and stop down: did you consider this?

As it is, you've made the most of quite modest depth of field, aligning it well with your subject.

There's a bit of distraction in the background - I wonder if you noticed this, and then made a conscious decision about either the angle at which you shot, or depth of field?

Sorry - more questions!
sitan1 Plus
11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2019 11:07AM
A nice object with loads of detail but on its own its not strong enough as a picture, the brown out of focus cutting across the picture is distracting and doesn't add anything, backgrounds can make or break an image, so think what you could do different, shoot at a different angle to remove the distraction or choose a totally different background.
The same goes for the black area bottom right, getting rid of this may lift the picture.
Sometimes adding context takes a picture to a whole new level, try shooting from much lower down looking up at the duck head with a gentleman holding the walking stick with him out of focus, this will not only add context but make the image much more interesting, also this would be a wonderful backdrop for such a cool prop.
With regards to the vignette I do like it which draws your eye to the duck but once again the brown wooden distraction takes away from that.
As we can see your legs and room in the reflection of the gold ring on the base of the duck head, changing angles may eliminate this but this would be trial and error.

Hope this helps and good luck
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2019 4:25PM
This is a record - possibly a pictorial record, but as such a perfectly viable image and a potential seller in te right library. Depth of field makes the head stand out well although I might have gone down one stop just to get slightly more crip on the handle. Otherwise, well seen and recorded.

when shooting set pieces like this, if I have full control, then I would be using a tripod and shoot several images at varied apertures for later evaluation. Keeping the background well away gives that stand out effect, even with more depth on the subject.


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