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By cattyal  
Another dark and gloomy one tonight - sorry - I just love doing them Smile

The skull has been living in the garden for a few months - I think it can get another coating of yoghurt and go back outside for a while - plus the lower jaw which I forgot to do. It's making good progress given that it was rather bright plastic and now is duller plastic!

I opted just to use the modelling lights on the strobes tonight - one high up at about 45 degrees - the other far lower and pointing at the end of the violin.

I'll pop up the original so you can see the effect of adding some topaz adjust to bring out the dark bits. I'm hoping that when I look at it again tomorrow I don't spot anything horrible!

I really really want to find a nice old bit of oak tabletop next ........

I'm rather pleased with the result Smile

Tags: Books Still life General Shell Rose Violin Digitally manipulated Watch Candle Skull Pewter Vanitas

Voters: Philip_H, LV426, JackAllTog and 42 more

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LV426 9 7 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 7:48PM
I love your dark and gloomy side!
Great work again!

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
7 Mar 2013 8:04PM
version one for me as the lighting bring out the details better
Regards Richard
ColinEJ 11 21 17 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 8:08PM
Mean, moody and superbly done.
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 8:17PM
Superb skill and creativity.
reaper4252 6 2 9 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 8:23PM
V1 for sure...excellent job
Bonvilston 7 61 8 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 8:26PM
The best you have uploaded for a while. i really do love this composition. ...Peter
7 Mar 2013 8:48PM
I'm not sure whether still 'life' is appropriate but, I think this is an superb image!!SmileSmile
A lot of thought has gone into this image - excellent!

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
7 Mar 2013 11:20PM
Smokin Joe, Alison. Violin heat !!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 11:53PM
What I want to know is who knocked over that jug?
Think I prefer V2 with the darker mood
Excellent work.
Pinnace 9 12 Wales
8 Mar 2013 3:49AM
V1, but it's all so atmospheric
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 7:23AM
Who blew out the candle? Love it!
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
8 Mar 2013 9:19AM
Hamlet meets Nero meets Alison
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
8 Mar 2013 11:03PM
A rather late thank you everyone - and thank you too to Ann and Pete for your awards - a good way to start the day Smile

I originally had a brandy glass instead of that pewter jug - too many flipping reflections so that did the job instead. I'd quite like to have had liquid spilling from it but alas I only have two strips of veneer and really didn't want to spoil it!

As for blowing out the candle - thank heavens for remote controls - puff and click continuously and hope that you catch a decent swirl Smile

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