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That's Jazz

By Canonshots
I find still-life images very challenging. I have been thinking about making a still-life from my CD collection for some time. I wanted a free and spontaneous effect (reflected in the choice of jazz CDs rather than symphonic music) but I soon found I had to arrange the discs with meticulous care to get the effect I was after. I am still far from convinced that I have got it right and comments would be much appreciated.

Tags: Still life Pattern Close-up and macro Still-life

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Grampy 7 507 71 England
17 Dec 2010 2:14PM
As you say still life is not as easy as one might think, it requires great knowledge of light to do it well. I feel that the overall composition is acceptable but where it is let down is the light, it appears that you have tried to place each cd in a way to avoid any relections in the plastic, controlled reflections are a very important part of this type of image , I would have probably 5 or 6 reflectors held at different angles by retort stands at different angles ,some white some black some half white and half black,also think of silver card and mirrors ,all these are used to control reflections.
I hope this helps

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paulbroad 10 123 1170 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2010 3:12PM
What you have done is OK. As a record, that's quite satisfactory - but what other uses? This might go well as a library image, but then many would reject for copyright reasons.

Canonshots 6 141 13 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2010 10:56PM
Thanks, all three of you.

Yes, I did spend a lot of time trying to eliminate reflections. Phil's comments regarding lighting are very useful.

As far as the use of the image is concerned, that is not an issue - it was intended as a technical exercise, no more.

The square crop is certainly an improvement.

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