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Morning shave

By c_evans99  
It's been a while since I've posted a photo, but if anyone remembers me they'll know I like to do things 'old school'. It all may look ancient, but everything bar the brush is brand new, though some of it is Russian or Indian.

Only natural light was used, so the camera fixed to a tripod, and light bounced back in with a mirror(shaving natch). Cropped with Paint Shop Pro.

Only other shave geeks see these pics, and I'm unsure if it has any photographic merit, but it feels good to post something Smile

Tags: Still life Flash and lighting

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TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 3:51PM
As a gentleman's iconic shaving equipment, does it have photographic merit? Of course it does! Wonderful items (even if the brush is the only original 'old' thing there); they remind me of my dad - he still uses this kind of equipment to this day - doesn't get the 'modern' method of electric shavers and 'modern malarky' like that Grin

There seems to be a fractional tilt towards the right hand side (I'm using the tile edge at the bottom of the frame as a reference point) but when I tried to correct for that, it kind of looked odd, because then the window itself seemed out of kilter too. You've got such a closely cropped image to start with that any fiddling along those lines on my part took away the intrinsic charm of the whole image, as well as bringing some of the elements themselves way too close to the edge of the frame.

So all I've done in my mod is to (a) remove the obvious reflection of the shaving mirror reflector in the double-glazed window pane, (b) added a touch of contrast and (c) crop the slightly off horizontal strip of the bottom.

Other than that, though, it's a very nostalgic image that I'm sure many men will be nodding at!

mikesavage 18 299 2 England
18 Sep 2015 4:39PM
I've started shaving this way myself in the past year, and have a similar shot in my portfolio somewhere. I also use the same Erasmic shaving soap, amongst others - Wilkinson Sword smells nicer!

Photographically I think you've achieved a good result here, especially with such a basic camera.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 5:11PM
A good effort. The razor is slightly off sharp and eing a compact,you are restricted. However,if you can manage aperture priority, you should be able toset a smller aperture, possibly f8 giving a touch moredepth of field.

Only other real problem is the very bright reflection, top right. Watch out for things like this. It is rarely a good idea to have strong highlights at frame edges.

FrankThomas 18 2.8k United Kingdom
18 Sep 2015 7:04PM
Good lord! Now there's a name I haven't seen in a very long time!
Don't tell me you have finally been bitten by the digital bug Ceri?
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
18 Sep 2015 8:44PM
Nice image. That was a very good allround camera. Canon have made a few models since!

c_evans99 17 7.0k 1 Wales
18 Sep 2015 11:22PM
Thanks everyone, I take one of these pics every day to post on facebook, and it's great to have one treated as a photo.

MS has put a crimp on my photography - I'm not that mobile anymore, my hands shake, and ocular neuritis got my eyes. I've still got a bag of first rate Pentax glass, and I've been thinking of getting a DSLR. It's a lump of cash tho, and I'm not even sure I'll be able to use it.
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
19 Sep 2015 8:37PM
This is a great imageSmile
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
20 Sep 2015 10:20PM
Coo! didn't realise Old Spice still existed!

Yes, there's photographic merit in this - and in any such meticulous record.

As Tanya says, quite a tight crop - my only suggestion in taking would be to use a smaller aperture, to get all the kit sharp.

I'm tempted by a mono conversion, and sepia toning - only one within my reach on my laptop!

Strange stuff to me, having had a beard since 1985...
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
20 Sep 2015 10:28PM
And... How about a secondhand Pentax body? Decent kit from a year or two back is far cheaper than current models, minimising the risk if you don't get on well with it.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 762 England
21 Sep 2015 10:26PM
Good to see you back. Sorry to hear you're not so well.

I had one of those cameras a few years back, not bad.

Since when has still life not had photographic merit? There's a solid theme here. Looks good in mono.

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