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Lamp holder


Still trying to get my hand in - with everyday objects which happen to be lying around (rather than anything exotic at this stage):

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Re: Lamp holder


I am not very good at this criticism stuff but I think the lighting does not do justice to your subject. Somehow the holder needs lifting from the background and a bit of rim lighting to bring out the shape. Why not try a different angle perhaps showing the contacts inside the holder which might be shiny and boost the contrast?

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Re: Lamp holder


Thanks for commenting Norman.

I felt this was a better effort than the seed sower, and that the shape was distinguished from the background. But I take your point about using another source of light.

One practical point for me in using extra stuff is that my 'studio' kit is (probably) at least all in the same room now but I need to get it organised into some kind of usable order so that stuff is reasonably to hand when I need it.

I chose this angle as I felt it resulted in a sense of 3d and to move it round to include the contacts may be an option but I wouldn't want it to be too 'face' on.

As regards increasing contrast .... when taking the shot I had to be careful not to get a wide band of blown highlights down the left hand side (reflections from the light source). So I was thinking that contrast (ie range of tones) would be ok.



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I really like this Chris and I think you have controlled the lighting very well to give form to the lampholder and depth to the image.

Aesthetically I would rather see the image rotated 90 degrees clockwise and a bit more empty space for the missing lamp if you see what I mean. I also like the symbolism between the dark shadows and the missing lamp. emoticon

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Re: Lamp holder


Thanks Keith

I like still life as you are in full control and so there is nowhere to hide if it isn't 'right'. At this stage I am trying to get back into the technicalities of just photographing stuff before I try more deliberate compositions of several items.

Re the symbolism - thanks for commenting on that as I hadn't noticed it emoticon

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Chris,
Much can be learned from still lives however mundane the subject is. You have created a certain amount of mood to the lamp holder which is an achievement emoticon
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Re: Lamp holder


A moody lamp holder Chris. Now that's got to be a first, but I know what Alan is getting at, and can't disagree. Nice one.

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Re: Lamp holder


Thanks both - my aim was to get back into the swing of still life without necessarily producing anything particularly artistic.

If I had any ulterior aim it was to get some good tones - something I generally can't do with 'non still' life

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