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Old Feb 14, 2005, 6:14 AM   #1
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So I've spammed the forum with replies, it's only fair I post an antry isn't it? :lol:

I've got to make a photo titled "Mysterious" so I thought I'd try and kill two birds with one stone. I've got four versions of this. I'll include the other three as a link.



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...atches_002.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...atches_003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...atches_005.jpg


Make - KONICA MINOLTA
Model - DiMAGE Z10
ExposureTime - 3.2 seconds
FNumber - 8.00
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 64
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Manual
DigitalZoomRatio - 0.00 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 90 mm
GainControl - None
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal
SubjectDistanceRange - Macro

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Old Feb 14, 2005, 8:10 AM   #2
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Hi Ferny. Welcome back. I hope you're feeling better.

I have looked at all four of your shots and find that they don't do much for me. My initial impression is that of an art work that isn't finished. The technical aspects of the photos are good but I think the subject needs some "finishing". Perhaps lighting one of the matches might help.

Of the four, I think the texture of the wood in the second shot(first link) makes it more interesting but it still needs something. The problem is I don't know what it needs.

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Old Feb 14, 2005, 8:45 AM   #3
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I know what you mean. I did think of using more matches but I'm not sure that would help add the thing that's missing.
I think it's alright, but I'm not overjoyed with the photo. It's one to think about.
I don't want to burn one of the matches. I'd set fire to myself. :lol:
Maybe a light souce at the front to light the matches to? They seem a bit dark.
Hmm.....


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Old Feb 15, 2005, 12:14 AM   #4
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I think the b&w picture makes the shadowsstand out well.

Nice pictures. Did ya super glue them down.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 12:37 AM   #5
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heres my suggestion. There dosn't seem to be a purpose, subtle or otherwise. How about a semi circle of matches, all leaning forward, light from behind with two sources as you did... one burnt match in the center, not a burning match, one that has been burnt right down, sort of withered. If you don't do it, I'm going to.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 3:57 AM   #6
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Tiny bits of Bluetack, Caliboy. Then the excess was trimmed with a knife.

That's a really good idea, Vesper. I'll give it a go. I'm sure it'll lead onto other stuff to. If you think it's a good idea then give it a go yourself!


I'm kinda lacking ideas right now. I think that during the last 30 days I've taken 4-5 photos.
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I agree that the message in the pictures is sort of missing; I disagree with the above poster who liked the B&W... there's not enough contrast between the matches and the table to really set the subjects apart without color.

Here are my humble suggestions:

(1) Harder light sources for more defined shadows

(2) Place the matches intentionally such that either the matches themselves say something (as described in the "circle" post above) or such that the SHADOWS "say" something (if nothing more than the mere intersection of right, acute, or obtuse angles).

BUT, I think that your photos do a great job of attempting to use shadow to communicate a message (rather than just recording shadow). The picture demonstrates your deliberate eye. It could be masterful!

Keep it up!

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