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Pairc Life

By Camairish    
Returning to an idea I worked with early last year then shelved due to work commitments. This image is a composite. The room is a 1/12th scale model of the living room in an abandoned croft house I shot on Lewis. The 'scenery' outside is the page of a book. The model was shot separately and Photo-shopped into the image. The room/scenery were shot with a single flash firing in through the window on the left.
Not trying to fool people, just trying to create an image that'll make people think about what's going on in it.
Feedback appreciated, and thanks for those who chipped in last year - I've tried to take all suggestions on board.

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1606 England
13 Feb 2016 5:18PM
I remember that series.

This looks excellent, and I have only three reservations.

First, the perspective on the floor looks a bit sudden: rather extreme.

Second, I'd like to see all of the window on the left.

And third, there's a quite large dark area around the door and the sofa: just a fraction more light in there would make the shadow interesting, rhather than a bit of a black hole.

That's all.

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nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
13 Feb 2016 7:46PM
I like this work.
Jestertheclown 11 8.1k 252 England
13 Feb 2016 9:07PM
I too remember those!
I've just been to look and this is my favourite.
Strangely, opening this to download it with a view to a mod., the version in the download window is lighter and the shadows less dark than the image here.
Subsequently opening it in CS6, they're lighter still.
A casualty of the Epz. upload process perhaps?
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2172 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2016 10:39AM
I remember the first series, this is an improvement. The perspective is as John says a bit extreme, it shows in the leading edge of the table; but overall the effect is less of a stage set. The lines are less regular, and that's partly down to the light and shadows. I don't mind the area in dark shadow, it mimics the unsatisfactory nature (photographically speaking) of natural light in a room.

One very good idea - having the man shade his eyes against the light. It looks real, more so than the actual model face.

You've added a bit of clutter, I still feel the carpet is too clean, everything is still very ordered. He's sitting at the table, deep in thought - how about a waste-paper basket with crumpled up bits of paper that have missed the target?
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2117 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2016 3:30PM
I remember the series, too, and enjoyed critiquing those pictures.
I like what you are doing, and what I particularly like about this one is the mood. That mood is created by the despairing attitude of your man, accompanied by the shadow areas, which, to my mind, add to that mood.

Having said that, there is a very bright area, on the chair with linen piled upon it. This area keeps drawing my eye, and is therefore distracting.

I am intrigued enough to begin wondering what the man's problem might be. If it's money, I would suggest having him looking at a ledger with figures in it, and a pen either in his hand or on the table. The type of books you chose to place on the table don't seem to be the cause of his deep dark mood.
A little intrigue goes a long way, and it isn't necessary to know the man's problems, let the viewer make assumptions, as I did. But the type of books don't seem to convey the right message.

The shadows of the man 's fingers upon his face are very dark, and it took me a while to realise that the dark shadow across his nose is coming from his little finger. I think you are paying a lot of attention to your shadows, and they work well, but these finger shadows seem a bit strong.

I know this is nit-picking, but the shadow behind your man is odd. I realise you shoot the scene and then add the man, and you've got the man's shadow on the chair back, but not on the wall, where there is a straightforward chair shadow. I can see how complicated this area could become, and you probably went for an easy option.

That carpet is very clean, especially considering that your man doesn't use an ashtray when smokingSad.


Otinkyad 17 2 7 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2016 6:48PM
I agree largely with the above comments so I won't repeat them.

Overall the image works very well in conveying a mood of thoughtful worry. It prompts stories in one's mind - which is good.

My only nit-picks are that the man seems a bit too big for the room (intentional?) and is lit perhaps slightly more harshly than his surroundings.

Nice one.


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