Waning Light ( critique welcomed )

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  1. Dean_Gretsch

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    I imagine a few people will not know what these are. The coin is an American 1820's-mid 1830's Large Cent. The upper left object is an American Civil War bullet called a 3-ringer. The upper middle one is a molded round ball with the casting sprue visible. It was dropped in the field and not fired. The patina of the lead indicates it has some age. Finally, the disc on the right is a bag seal. For many years, trade goods were shipped in burlap, cotton or other tough fabric bags. The tops would be twisted and sealed with wire and this then sealed with a molded lead " medallion " that often had the manufacturing company or merchant's name in it.

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    Taken indoors with a Canon EOS REBEL SL1, 1/160 sec. f/8 ISO 3200, 70mm 1:2.8 DG Macro Sigma. Natural light from sunspot through a window, manual settings with ISO auto. Edited with Adobe camera Raw and PS.


     
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    Interesting set and description. Love a bit of history.
     
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    Thank you. I love history too. These were all found by me while enjoying another hobby : metal detecting. None are really valuable, but they are examples of things I really like to find.
     
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    That's something I've never done but have quite fancied it.
     
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    Love the story with the images, for someone like me who had no idea what they were it makes the image more interesting.
    Just as a question.... are you able to light from the left as well as the right? Or would that not work.
    I have tried to picture it in my mind and still can not decide
     
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    Thanks. Anyone who likes history would enjoy the hobby. The English comedy" The Detectorists " is a good watch.

    Thank you. This light was shining from the right through a glass pane in a door, so no, I could not change the natural light.
     
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    Me and the wife watched the full set of the Detectorists earlier this year. Absolutely great series. Dunno if our friends across the pond would get the humour but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
     
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    I have always liked British comedy, and have no problem understanding your type. The deadpan delivery of the little chubby guy on " The Detectorists " is very funny to me.
     
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    Cool stuff! On my screen (iPad), the near edge of the flat object, the bag seal, is lost in shadow. Was that intentional?
     
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    Fascinating objects, for sure. Must be super fun to find.

    My critique is purely respectful opinion!

    Still life images are one of the hardest for me. Sometimes I see a still life and just love it and I'm not always sure why. Some people have real knowledge or a gift when arranging objects.

    In this image I would include more of the dark side than the light side - crop with much more black on the left. The light upper right corner draws my eye out of the frame.

    Yes! A reflector. I have a few pieces of white laminated shelving that I use to place objects on, or stand vertical to provide reflection. The nice thing about constant natural light is you can move the reflector(s) around and play with the shadows and fill light. Some fill light might or might not be nice here, but it's an option. The single light gives nice texture and shadows...

    I think in the design world an accepted general rule is that an odd number of objects is more appealing than an even number.

    Just some thoughts which anyone is free to find useless!
     
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    Thanks for your critiques @SquarePeg and @zulu42. I saw the sunspot on the floor and decided to take a few of the relics and try something using the shadows and natural light coloring of the lead in 3 of the objects. I hoped the shadows might bring enough relief from the coin's bust to show it was indeed a coin. It's in such poor shape from being underground for so long, I can't see a date. I just have to compare the variety of Lady Liberty's bust with known examples. I could have used fill light, but really thought it might be more dramatic allowing the shadows to fall as they did. That was my reasoning for a b&w edit.
     
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    I'm afraid the only reason I found the shot interesting was because of story. I recognized the projectiles for what they were and I used to collect coins as a kid and had a couple of those large cents.
    But I'm just not into that type of photography and I only answered since the title of the post encouraged it.
    So don't worry about what I think.
     
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