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Skull and Stuff

By cattyal  
I just can't make up my mind about this one - on one hand I like it, on the other it's not quite right but I have yet to figure out why.

Having deliberated for too long however I've decided to upload it - maybe when I revisit this page tomorrow I'll see what needs doing - or not.....

Tags: Flowers Still life General Texture Nest Candle Skull

Voters: SlowSong, wicksy, Paree and 22 more

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
10 Oct 2011 10:34PM
Great set/compo and use of light! Wonderful!

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Lydia 6 4 Greece
10 Oct 2011 10:43PM
Sometimes less is more, I might consider ditching the bird's nest and the shells. Also, I can't quite work out the background.... there's a table but what is behind it... and you've textured it. Sorry, can't work out what I'm supposed to be seeing. There's lot's of posibilities here though, I just think it needs rearranging a bit and something great will emerge Smile
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
11 Oct 2011 8:16AM
Thanks folks Smile

Yep Arrietty - it was one of those evenings where I just couldn't get it right Smile The background is plain brown fabric with some black voile which was supposed to look like a curtain but I reckon I chose the wrong colour - first mistake. I think I need some rougher background fabric so I can try something without the texture (I'm afraid I'm a sad sucker for playing with textures) - I'll have a rummage through my fabric boxes - or the charity shops - and see what I can find.

I think the table is just a bit too small as well - it's a rather small round table so that did slightly hamper me.

or maybe I was just having a bad evening!
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2011 4:02PM
Great shot ! the content in this image, all nicely arranged.....with the candle-light adding to the 'forlorn' state of the skull & dried flowers.!!!!

On my screen, there seems to be a 'blue-mistiness' mainly in the shadow I've taken the liberty of doing a mod. to reduce this ?, plus a
couple of other tweaks to 'lift' it a touch & emphasize the warmth of the lighting......makes a cracking shot it !!!!!!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2011 4:06PM
Well I like it .... very sombre andscarey in a way
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2011 4:44PM
It is a very well composed image, however I know the feeling about being not sure - perhaps just a minor tweek and then you will be happy - I like it anyway.Smile Carole
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
11 Oct 2011 4:52PM
Thanks folks - maybe I'll try again later today - if the hole where my wisdom tooth used to be doesn't give me grief (the anaesthetic hasn't worn off yet)...

It is definitely blue Keith - I was messing about with some cross processing filters and came across this one so kept it.

I approve the mod though - maybe I'll root out the original to put up.

For some reason the Sony R1 has trouble with the white balance under lights - it's fantastic as far as sync speed goes which I why I like to use it with strobes - but white balance is very temperamental. I really should shoot this stuff in RAW Smile
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
12 Oct 2011 10:17PM
Thanks again everyone - and thank you Pete for the HC - much appreciated Smile

I've been scanning dead flies this evening - just for fun......
Toonman 11 1.4k 2 England
19 Oct 2011 8:41PM
Super work Alison.

Haven't looked at your work for while. Very impressed. A lot of thought goes into them.
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
19 Oct 2011 10:23PM
Thanks Adam Smile It's all a bit hit and miss at the moment but I'll get back in the swing soon!

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