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Old Jan 24, 2008, 10:13 AM   #1
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 2:18 PM   #2
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Beautiful setting. I really like the composition. I am curious about the stone background. It appears flat. Is that an artificial rock wall or other artificial backdrop?

I see a bit of barrel distortion in the image but it is not objectionable. My only real complaint is that white bit of paper behind the clock. I think I would have removed that, at least temporarily, while shooting the photo.

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(edit) Upon looking further, it is not barrel distortion I am seeing. It appears that the front of the shelf or mantle is curved. I can see that the rear edge is straight.



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You are right its a fireplace mantel and the rock is very light in color or flat you can say. I took some of the color out of the photo that probably why the rock looks funny.
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Very nice. The comp is well balanced

I have to agree with Cal, that little bit of paper is a little distracting.

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You know for the life of me I could figure out the paper thing, :lol: That's a outlet I have no idea why one is on the top but there is.
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Thats a handy spot to plug in a clock or lamp without wires showing.
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Very true now that I think about it.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 11:24 AM   #8
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Nice image.

My parents could use one of those outlets. They have a painting above theirs with the electrical cord running down the wall, across the fireplace, down the wall and across to the outlet.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 11:25 AM   #9
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You know for the life of me I could figure out the paper thing, :lol: That's a outlet I have no idea why one is on the top but there is.
After studying the photo more, I figured that out. Its purpose is to plug in the antique clock! For the photo, perhaps you could have covered it with something. A brown cloth placemat might work very well. You could center the mat so that only the right edge covers the outlet and place the clock on top of the mat. Another thing that might work is take a dry-erase brown marker and color the plate all over. After the photo was taken, you could wipe it off.

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P.S. They make outlet covers with all kinds of colors and patterns. Check your local home improvement store.
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...it is not barrel distortion I am seeing. It appears that the front of the shelf or mantle is curved. I can see that the rear edge is straight....
At first glance, I had imagined the mantelpiece was bent because of the prodigious weight of the classy clock. Cast iron? Lead alloy? Iridium? The tilt on the candles highlights the illusion.
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