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Shadow Heart

By KKmoments
I've been a 'bit out of sorts' and felt like a bit of distraction so after seeing these images done before I thought... why not? I only took a few shots as I realise this probably needs a dedicated macro lens to achieve the result I had in mind.... but basically this is a ring placed on a book with a desktop lamp for lighting..... didn't do any real manipulation to this only convert to B&W and resize.

If anyone can offer help on how I could have achieved a better result I've added the settings ...... I used the Sigma APO 70-300mm set at 240mm focal length switched to macro mode using AV priority at F5.6 and ISO 100.

Thank you for viewing and any C&C welcomed. Hope you all had a good w/end and didn't suffer too much through the torrential downpours.

Karen Smile

Tags: Mono Book Heart Shadow Black and white Specialist and abstract Ring B and w Flash and lighting

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harrattp 13 11 4 England
7 Sep 2008 9:02PM
The best way to get a better image is to stand the ring on its edge and then the heart shape would be more pronounced. Hope that helps. Good effort all the same.

7 Sep 2008 9:25PM
and accompanied not only with love soft lighting , one of shakepeares most finest sonnets..!!!

Cant offer any advise Karen think just a beautiful composition and concept..!

Nikki !
Possum Plus
14 148 England
7 Sep 2008 9:36PM
I love, just LOVE, the fact that you chose a sonnet rather than a dictionary definition of the word Smile Terrific diversification, my friend... Can't offer advice - outside my experience - but now I want to have a go Smile
whiteswan01 12 13 England
7 Sep 2008 9:40PM
superb shot
rusmi 16 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2008 9:41PM
a classic very well executed, clik

bfgstew 14 668 105 England
7 Sep 2008 9:57PM
I can only echo Paul, Allie and Nikki's advice.
G73photography 14 417 15 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2008 10:27PM
great shot and good comp and good the way you highlighted the part of the text you want us to see, i think the only way you could improve this sort of thing would be by standing the ring vertical in the spine and the lamp behind the ring, that way you might get the heart "outside" the ring. G
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2008 10:33PM
Thanks to Paul and Grainge for the 'vertical ring' suggestion, I did try this but it kept toppling over - think I need a blu tak moment. it was through sheer lack of patience (at the mo) I lay it flat... the other thing with vertical positioning you can get longer shadows - guess what i'll be doing next Smile
But THANK YOU and I will 'redo' when I've done my yoga lol.
SurreyHillsMan 13 27 2 England
8 Sep 2008 12:15AM
I think you've done a superb job here, loving that heart shape, it's spot on! .... maybe a sepia or a warm tint would enhance it slightly?

TyChee Plus
15 275 1 United States
8 Sep 2008 1:00AM
Nice shadow.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
8 Sep 2008 3:35AM
Nice one Karen-- works with any lens!
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
8 Sep 2008 6:20AM
Superbly produced, Karen. Carol
sunshot 15 24 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 8:19AM
i think that you've done a cracking job here Karen
well done indeed

oneill 12 155 Ireland
8 Sep 2008 10:01AM
fantastic work,,
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 11:03AM
Beautiful composition, very nice sonnet, love in the shapes,
Great image,
DolphinLady 14 54 1 Wales
8 Sep 2008 11:08AM
Very well composed & executed Karen.
Love the way it has turned out, but what about selective colour to the ring, especially if it's yellow gold....just a very subtle touch.
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 4:12PM
Super work Karen. Super romantic capture.
Marilyn x
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2164 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2008 6:45PM
I've never tried anything like this, Karen, and like what you have done here, especially the particular verse and heart shape. I feel a little toning might enhance the image and, unusual for me to go for this, just a touch shallower dof.
8 Sep 2008 7:57PM
Love the shot, I also read DCM
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
11 Sep 2008 6:50PM
An excellent concept which you've executed so well, I can't offer any advice or suggestions i'm afraid as i've never thought about, let alone tried anything like this before
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
12 Sep 2008 7:36PM
Great idea

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