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Straw hat

By Flymoman
i wanted to create a slight retro 80's feel and mood to this shot. I noticed the hat hung up on the other side of the room and tried it in a number of positions on the pegs and used a large aperture to focus attention on the hat.I also wanted to make use of the soft light so i added a soft focus. I like the muted soft colours in the shot.I don't know if something colud be added to enhance it such as a texture?

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
4 Apr 2013 8:59AM
like the effect.. have uploaded a mod...- just a slightly different view Smile

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Flymoman 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 9:02AM
thanks for that
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
4 Apr 2013 9:06AM
Good effort on this, but the mod is good as the hat stands out more.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 9:56AM
I think the mod is different but not better. I like the pastel dreaminess of the original.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 2:28PM
I like this a lot. Clever use of f2.8, the focus is spot on, the overall effect is gentle and nostalgic. I particularly like the use of (very neat) verticals - the window on the right, the mirror with a hint of window reflection on the left. And I like the way you use natural light.
The one thing that doesn't quite satisfy me is the placement of the hat in the frame, I would have wanted to get down a bit lower and move left a bit, place the hat nearer to the upper left corner area of the frame. Not right in the corner, just nearer. Getting the camera a bit lower would also avoid having the corner of the bit of hat reflected in the mirror - just that tip of the brim is a slight distraction. But that's just how I see it. Can't change that in a Mod without losing some important elements here though.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
4 Apr 2013 5:40PM
Gorgeous. I agree with Moira re framing, and Ive modified this in the mods. Mod2 has some diffuse glow applied, and mod3 is a different perspective you could consider, - not as an alternate shot, but as a new shot, - both work.

I would slightly sharpen the hat itself, and in the mods softened the reflection in the mirror.

You already have a great background, so you would need to experiment with textures if you feel it would add something.

I will try to find a texture and do a mod just to see what happens.


banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
4 Apr 2013 5:50PM
Loaded a texture mod. The texture is by Skeletalmess on Flickr.

Heres where you can obtain many textures:

Flymoman 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 6:02PM
Thanks Willie, love the textured mod.Adds that something extra.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
4 Apr 2013 8:06PM
This is quite lovely,gorgeous colour palette & such a pretty hat.
Great dof to put the focus on the hat.
You could have afforded a bit of a crop from the top & LHS imho just to put the hat in a better position in the frame.
I really don't think you need textures here ( I am somewhat of a texture freak too,so that's saying something for me Wink ) I did however do you a mod & included a couple,just to see what you think.
A little bit of a lighter vignette,a drop more focus on the hat were my finishing touches.
Try to remember to convert your image to the sRGB colour profile before uploading,that way you retain a much better rendition of your original colour & contrast for viewing on the web.
paulbroad 10 123 1245 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 9:23PM
Not my kind of thing. Well done and interestingly different but shows how subjectivity matters finally. If I were walking round an exhibition then this image would not pull my attention because the subject matter has no appeal - to me.


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