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Old Nov 27, 2011, 9:16 AM   #1
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Default Dark Side - black on black low key

I think I've got a better handle on the low key stuff - at least a bit. Why is it that I can get low key shots when I don't want them, but find them very difficult when I really try - it's frustrating. I bought a mini-mag LED flashlight, which does help. Here's two new efforts - the black clip on the glass top stove and a black kettle.

While this one has a lot of hot spots, I liked it better than the other one without as many hot spots (don't know why).



The one without as many hot spots is here: http://mtngal.zenfolio.com/p892157346/e393a19a7 if you want to compare them. I'd be interested in what others think of the two and which they would prefer (if they have a preference).

Here's the kettle:

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Old Nov 28, 2011, 7:11 AM   #2
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I think the hotspots add some needed contrast, it gives our eye something to be drawn to.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 1:06 PM   #3
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By Jove, I think you've got it!
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback about the hotspots being a positive in this case, and why I probably like it better.

Cal - it was quite satisfying to finally get something that I wanted (I did take quite a few exposures while I tried to figure out exposure. Gave up trying to dial in an Ev and went with manual settings, ignoring the light meter that kept telling me I was about 3 or more stops underexposing). It was a fun exercise and very useful - I'll keep using the flashlight for these types of things.
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Very nice shots, well done!!
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 PM   #6
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Thanks, saly!
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 11:03 PM   #7
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You can add my vote to the hot spot version of the top photo. The spots do increase the overall eyecatching aspect of the shot.
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