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December 5, 2012 - 22 went

Virtual Photo Challenge: SEEK 4

Neon green... Still life.

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Added by Bonnie W
on Dec 8, 2012.


  • Bonnie W

    This was shot with only chandelier light directly overhead. This is what I learned from my exercise... The bottles in the cardboard FoxBarrel box are a very dark green and also have no way for the light to pass through because they're in the box, therefore difficult to see. I shot from various angles but there are so many things to look at through the viewfinder I missed that some of the items should be turned, moved, or removed... in this pic the sunglasses with the green arms no longer have any interest to the viewer since they are virtually invisible except to create a bit of a mess for your brain to work out. The roll of ribbon could be turned to a different angle as well to show more of the textured ribbon and possibly more green since green is what the photo is about. A spool of green thread sits to the lower right of the pickles, it should have been turned on its side to show the green, it is not recognizable in its current position. The pickle dish would be better rotated a bit to the right so they are pointing at 1 or 2 o'clock. To create better lighting when there was none I used the editing 'dodge' tool to enhance the little highlight there was, and the 'burn' tool to darken the shadows. This enhanced the all three fabrics in the image, the pears, beads, berries, pickles, pickle bowl & ribbon, as well as the goblet and bottles. Also dodged the bear's scarf & hands, and the lemons on the design on the covered bowl and burned the shadowed part of the lemons. It made a huge difference to the image. Finally, it wold help to have a bit more fabric to cover the bare table area... not just a tablecovering but something that will drape easily and maybe with texture. I hope this critique of my own work has been useful to you.

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  • Bob

    It seems that this has been a great learning tool for you, Bonnie. On a positive note, the composition is quite well done, although the 3 pears do grab my eyes and pull the focus away from what I think is your origional focus point, the wine glass (?).

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  • Bonnie W

    Hmmm. What was my point anyway? There you go, another problem, and thanks so much for participating in my learning. What was in my mind was having absolutely everything be unrelated (which might have worked if I'd included an artist statement to explain it) but then the bear brought Christmas into it so I added the berries for more of a xmas feel and in that moment the theme became "wrapping gifts while having drinks and & snacks". At the last minute I removed the Christmassy giftwrap and of course the ribbon is not obvious, so there goes xmas. And while I like the texture of the pickles, they are quite off topic, aren't they, and the spool of thread (if you could see it) is even more off topic. Still life is much more of a challenge than I thought. This one cries out for a re-do (using the wine glass as a focal point). I'll use the lemon decorated container & pickles for my cooking masterpiece. Thanks Bob. I welcome comments/critiques.

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  • Russ K.

    The hits of red - and even the brown of the table (because brown is just desaturated red) - make the greens greener - a classic colour opposition.

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  • Barry B.

    More table cloth WOULD have made it perfect. I hope there was something good to eat in that bowl!

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