Large format peppers

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  1. stubbsk

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    I'm currently very stuck on a commercial still life brief for college. Now I'm fairly happy with this first image, it was way better then my others which failed badly.

    It was taken on 5x4 film so you can't really see the detail.



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    I don't know. It's not hitting. Maybe you could work on livening up the whitespace. The red and the green are very close in value, so you could imagine the peppers as silhouettes when you make your composition, then worry about the exposure as a technicality.
     
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    How did you light this? To me the lighting is "on-camera" like, and very flat.
     
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    They look like female figures in repose.
     
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    You are losing detail and contrast from the lighting blowing back from the white background. It also looks like your source light on the front of the peppers is small or you have it to far away. This is causing the specular hightlights that you are seeing. A few more layers of diffusion would help with that.

    The nice clean white background isn't bad, it would let the graphic people do a lot of things with the peppers in a ad or publication. But the one thing about high key white like that, you have to be careful of the reflective light coming back from the background. That is the blowback that is reducing contrast by causing lens flare, which not only reduces contrast but also reduces detail.

    Cute peppers. It does look like the one on the right is blasting the one on the left. :D

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    You guys should have seen the original negative it was really bad.

    The white background is actually a soft box that was left on too long during the exposure because I was too busy talking and not concentrating on the lighting.
     
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    So why are you offering this for critique? By your own admission, it's not a "finished" work. We are just wasting our time.
     
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    thank you matt. . .
     
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    No it's finished, I've already fixed the neg and finished it, it's FINISHED.

    I did not admit to anything, please don't be snotty with me, what's the point?

    I'm not going to shoot it again because I'm a lazy student.
     
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    I was going to mention that critiquing before it's finished is not a waste of time, since it can help improve the final work. But then when you said you were just a lazy student and weren't going to shoot it again, well, then I thought Matt's right. Why waste our time if it isn't going to do any good.

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    Sorry, I don't want to waste my time and energy writing a thoughtful critique, hoping to help someone improve, only to find out that they don't even care and are lazy.
     
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    You know its finished when its posted in the finished forum.
    Using that analogy, no one will critique anything, because its finished and it wont be altered.
    Just because its finished doesn't mean its any good or any less deserving of critique.
    Critique can still help future works.
    By the same token I have every sympathy with DMatt's ideology.

    "Sorry, I don't want to waste my time and energy writing a thoughtful critique, hoping to help someone improve, only to find out that they don't even care and are lazy."

    I've about had it with wasting my time...
     

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