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    David,

    I am really impressed...very nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    Although I'm going off track a little on my own thread, (it's still a still-life though) - I thought I'd post this image as one that I feel just doesn't work. What do you think?
    For me it is the (im)balance of tones. The brilliance of the flowers, surrounded by a deep black (and white border strip), renders the middle grays (which occupy a significant amount of space and supports the brilliance above it) sort of life-less.

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    Thanks for the comment Vaughn, might I ask how you would change it were you take the image? Increase contrast, reduce contrast, crop to just the flowers or something else?

    I totally agree with you that it is 'lifeless'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    Thanks for the comment Vaughn, might I ask how you would change it were you take the image? Increase contrast, reduce contrast, crop to just the flowers or something else?

    David.
    Man...try to help someone, then they put you on the spot!

    My first thought would be to reduce the contrast on the leaves -- the strong dark tones on the leaves diminishes the glow that middle tones can have. Take a look at the leaf directly above the star design on the vase and imagine a similar tone on all the leaves.

    But it may be an over-all lighting issue -- too harsh of a light that is in conflict with the inherent softness of the subject.. Perhaps a soft fill light might help. I am mentally picturing an upward explosion of tones -- a slightly darker toned vase, middle tones in the middle, with the whites of the flowers as they are now.

    Thanks for posting your images! They have been inspirational. I might disappear into the studio tonight and photograph (8x10) a couple of artichoke flowers that I have had sitting around since the end of the summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post

    Thanks for posting your images! They have been inspirational. I might disappear into the studio tonight and photograph (8x10) a couple of artichoke flowers that I have had sitting around since the end of the summer.

    Vaughn
    Thank you for posting your comments Vaughn; the lighting is quite harsh as it's from a couple of 100W household spotlights, placed about 50cm away, with no light modification.

    I think you're right, the subject needs a softer light, whereas the Allium seed head, and the pumpkin are about textures... typically brought out by the use of harsher lighting.

    I'm currently reshooting the pumpkin picture as I hated the background in the original (on Ilford Multigrade of course!). Hope to post pictures later on this evening.

    I'm hoping you'll go out and shoot those artichokes! Looking forward to seeing the result.

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    I've reshot the pumpkin image... but I'm still not entirely happy with the background! Still, I love the shot of the pumpkin, and I've included a crop of the stem - the detail is incredible!


    Pumpkin (MkII). Paper negative.


    Crop from Pumpkin (MkII)
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    holy cow that's nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWhitmore View Post
    holy cow that's nice!
    I reckon we should throw away the film and load up the cameras with paper
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    I'm hoping you'll go out and shoot those artichokes! Looking forward to seeing the result.

    Cheers,
    David.
    Got it set up -- just going to have a cup of tea before I meter and expose. I am using a Tota light (750W lamp) and an umbrella, with a large piece of white foam core as a reflector. Full frame 8x10 first, then I might try 4x10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    I reckon we should throw away the film and load up the cameras with paper
    done and done! my speed graphic is ready and waiting...

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