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CHOCOLATE BOX LAYER

By ALSFOTOS
Just messing around . wife finished with top layer tray of her chocolates , thought i would experiment.

Tags: General Black and white Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro

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paulbroad 12 131 1289 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 6:35PM
Interesting effect. You are a bit over exposed though and the result is some flare. The EXIF says compact, but you should be able to apply compensation. Always check the image on the LCD and, if you have time, as here, try a few experiments. I think at least one stop less exposure, possibly a bit more.

The first lessons in photography are to get exposure and focus right. Then you go from there.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2239 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 7:27PM
At first sight, the control buttons for some high tech electronics... I like this a lot. It needed a minus exposure compensation, maybe -0.7; lower exposure would add to the sense of mystery, give a more 3-dimensional feel. A simple Levels adjustment will make a big difference. Call up the histogram, the graph curve starts to rise well to the right along the base line. That means that there are no real blacks or dark tones, that's why it looks a bit flat.
I'm imagining b&w, to emphasise contours, I may have a little play with this. Maybe clockwise rotation, for a more dynamic feel, and a crop? Mod to follow in a little while, I hope...
Moira
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2144 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 6:55PM
My thoughts were the same as Moira's, Alan, at first glance I thought it was a close-up of something electrical or technical, something that had buttons to be pressed. It's a good subject.
It’s fun to find subjects that are everyday and close at hand, to hone your skills and learn from them.

When everyday things are photographed in different ways like this, they often become abstracts, which are all about ideas and presentation, where the subject is often unrecognisable.
It’s about detail, form, patterns and shapes, whether the subject is identifiable or not.
So you are on the right track, having produced an image that leaves a lot to the viewer’s imagination and helps us to concentrate on its other attributes rather than the whole subject. The subject is secondary to the observance of its patterns, texture, angle, tonal variation, lighting, shapes, geometry, focus, depth of field, blur, etc.

However, as Paul says, you haven’t been successful with your exposure and focus here.
Although I like Moira’s idea of black and white for this, an abstract often works because of its colour, as well as the other things mentioned.
You seem to like this sepia tone, and I have explained before why it doesn’t work for every picture.
Because of its essence, an abstract needs to compel people to view it.....sepia doesn’t tend to shout out “Look at me!”

One of the most common techniques used in abstraction is a shallow depth of field, but the in-fous area needs to be very sharp.
Another important aspect is lighting which produces an interplay of light and shadows to create drama. You have an ideal subject here, so the direction of your lighting is going to be crucial.
The surface of your chocolate box layer looks very reflective, and there are lots of bits of light playing on that surface. These tend to be distractions. What you want are clearly defined light and shadows.

Do continue to mess around and experiment, you never know what you might come up with.

Pamela.
ALSFOTOS 8 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 7:50PM
thanks for your advice im relatively new all of this so im just experimenting but i do take on baord everyones comments

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