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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2010 at 21:39
@Pathway: Nice job, Oliver! I debated over this one and asked for some input from other Mods and AEs. In describing your image I said, "It seems to meet the criteria, but the outlines of the glass and bottle are lost in the background. Perhaps that makes it a great LK shot as we expect the same from HK images." By the time I'd finished writing these comments, I'd convinced myself you had a winner. You may go on to your next assignment.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dudger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2010 at 23:37
Hello Again - having been surprised to pass the High Key assignment, i figured i had to use the same flower as promised.
I got a bit overenthusiastic, and it didnt work out as planned no matter how hard i tried - this is the best i got.
(Theres supposed to be some water at the bottle neck - in reality washing up liquid - but it just didnt work, there would have been too much going on anyway with all the reflections !.
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directional LED Work light under a glass kitchen table with black towel background - low light LED torch shone over the subjects in one sweep.

Edit = Just realised, stick a microphone muff on the end of the vase/bottle and which singer do you reckon it is ;)

Edited by Dudger - 10 April 2010 at 00:06
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2010 at 15:17
I can see it's a singer, but don't recognise his/her face

On the LK assignment I'd have two comments that kinda spoil it for me, it's the light on the background and the motion blur caused by some unstability during the long exposure. Maybe move the background further away to make sure it hardly catches any light, or some other shot but this is not a pass for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dudger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2010 at 19:28
Will try again pegelli - the flower is not yet wilted

EDIT = Pegelli, I have had a carefull look, there is no motion blur on the image.
Perhaps you are confused by the wierd way i did it.

Its a glass table approximately 5mm thick - there is a constant light focused 'through' the daffodil from underneath the table (Thats what lights up the towel its resting on and seems blueish) there was a torch run along the length of the bottle and also the daffodil (From above)during the 8 second exposure.
What you are seeing is the double reflection from the light sources via the top and bottom surfaces of the glass table - it is most clearly defined at side of the bottle neck (Two clear reflections + the actual bottle)

However - its obviously very confusing and not a good image - I will try something less complicated that does what i wanted in the first place .

Edited by Dudger - 10 April 2010 at 21:37
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dudger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 April 2010 at 17:47
Ok - heres another attempt - Think its still the same flower
Nowt clever - hope its correct.



Edit = Maybe i should have cropped to make the Flower head and bigger leaf fit 'rule of thirds' ??

Edited by Dudger - 11 April 2010 at 17:51
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2010 at 10:52
Originally posted by Dudger Dudger wrote:

Edit = Maybe i should have cropped to make the Flower head and bigger leaf fit 'rule of thirds' ??


No need, we only judge for one assignment and the purpose of the compositional rules (I even prefer to call them guidelines) are just ways to help you make a composition and need to be broken consiously to avoid making all pictures dull/the same.

I like this one much better than the previous LK tulip so it's a pass, but..... under the condition you disclose the singer you saw into your first LK submission
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dudger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2010 at 12:01
Many thanks Pegelli - thats a deal
For me it was definately a Shirley Bassey stance on that previous attempt
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Post Options Post Options   Quote goldsmid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2010 at 03:39
My Low Key Try......

Thoughts?


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Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: 9.0
Focal Length: 50mm
Flash Used: Yes


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2010 at 19:15
Beautiful Goldsmid, another pass.
The same subject as your nice high key submission?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pathway Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2010 at 19:38
Lovely LK shot Goldsmid,

Did you use an off-board flash in an otherwise dark room to capture this?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote goldsmid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2010 at 20:09
pegelli - This is the same subject. Fortunately my 6 year old daughter has become interested in Photography and is now a much more willing model than when she was younger :)

Pathway - I set this up in a darkened room and used the HVL56 flash shooting into a white shoot-through umbrella pointed 45 degrees down (triggered with Sony IR wireless). I increased the shutter and closed the aperture down until the background was blacked out. I shot it in manual and had to fiddle with the right flash power (ended up at 1/8) and distance of the subject from the light source to get the desired effect.

Thank you both for your comments. Now onto the next assignement!


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1st attempt at "Low Key" ( a little better than "High Key" )
"This Little Torch of Mine"


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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2010 at 14:14
Very subtle low key dalaman, and a nice picture. You'll get a pass for that.
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