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Was it worth it ....

By davidbailie  
This is my last canter around this arena ...

The initial premise behind the 3 shots (including this one) that I have uploaded was to try and recreate the sublime delicacy of a painting I saw recently at the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum and photographed (Woman at her Toilet, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1655 - 1660) which just bowled me over with its restrained intimacy ..

My Original idea was ... uploaded here .. Ok but could've been better ..

Having taken an number of shots trying to capture the intention of the painting I gave free rein to my missus EE and we got (in my opinion) more expressive shots .. this is the first and the current is the second 'free' variation.

My particular problem was trying to capture that very particular 'gloom lighting' that is quite consistent with the old master paintings - it's somehow not 'gloomy' but of course reflects the light available at the time. I have tended in others to be less than 'bold' - I am hoping this is more approximate!

As mentioned before the light in these shots is mono directional all from the left - no reflectors - it is a set in my studio.

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: colijohn, feen96, tonyguitar and 17 more


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Comments


tonyguitar 4 55 32 Canada
12 Feb 2014 6:22PM
Quiet reflections of a mature woman. As good as any classic painting. You have won a victory in this excellent work. TG

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User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:58PM

Quote:Quiet reflections of a mature woman. As good as any classic painting. You have won a victory in this excellent work. TG


Yes, I agree.
PranavMishra 4 52 17 India
13 Feb 2014 12:25AM
very fine..
davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 4:41PM
Thanks folk for the comments - appreciated

db

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