Still life

Discussion in 'The Black & White Gallery' started by JohnMF, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. JohnMF

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    was a bit bored tonight so took a couple of simple still life shots to pass the time. My first post in the B&W forum too :thumbup:

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    slight sepia on this, does that still count as B&W? :)
     
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    hehehehe - ya that counts as black and white.

    Awesome textures in this photo. Not only have you got the grainy table, and the flaky garlic and onions - but the photo itself is grainy too which I think is awesome here.

    Something bothers me about the blurry onion. I keep looking at it although I 'want' to keep looking at the garlic. Maybe it's the way the onion is pointing that draws my attention up there. Either way, for a still life it's interesting.
     
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    thanks meysha

    I like a bit of grain in a photograph every now and again, too many ultra sharp photos these days. i wanted something rustic to match the flaky veg :)

    I know what you mean about the onion in the background. I think the depth of field might have been a bit to shallow, it's made it a bit distracting because it blurred, maybe if i'd turned it inwards to face the camera it would have worked better
     
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    a nicer exposure would do this photo better justice..
     
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    Would you be able to explain what you mean by 'nicer exposure' please?

    Thanks.
     
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    The exposure looks fine on my monitor here - there seem to be a good range of tones across the image. Nice result there for me.
     
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    maybe it's not the exposure but to me the image looks flat.. more contrast would help perhaps. i think the lighting is what may be making it flat. hmph. maybe it's just me. the lighting looks like normal above lighting. i bet light hitting it from the side only to create better form and dimension would jazz this up. yeap, that's it.
     
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    thanks, wil bare it all in mind next time
     
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    he might have meant a little more contrast. I took it down and added some contrast it looks much different better or not is up to you.
     
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    Maybe it's my monitor, as it already looks quite dark on my screen. If i boost the contrast more it starts clipping the shadows.

    BTW feel free to edit this one if it helps

    thanks
     
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    Tried the same myself. Even using autocontrast, gives it a pleasing lift. A touch more sepia is nice too.
     
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    [​IMG]

    better or not is up to you. Just a different look.
     

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