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Eureka
Date: 2008-05-10 00:05
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Tags:120, 6x6, earth, film, iteration, monochrome, photo, street, tmax 400, urban decay




This is another angle on an earlier shot, with the same processing (medium format black and white film, scanned and digitally toned). I frequently make use of strong angles in my compositions, so much so that I decided to try a few "straight-on" shots with this roll for variety. The earlier angle is such an experiment, while this one is more along the lines of what I usually do. I'd be curious to hear people's reactions to the two pieces, preferences, differences, etc.
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neptunia
User: neptunia67
Date: 2008-05-10 06:01 (UTC)
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I like this shot better. It has more depth and tells more of a story than the other shot, IMO. It seems like I could reach in and grab the wheel from this angle. I didn't get that feeling from the other shot.
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Eureka: Temperance
User: eurekagray
Date: 2008-05-10 13:31 (UTC)
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I agree with you on all counts. I might well be over-analyzing my work; if angles work well, why shouldn't I use them? I just don't want to get stuck in one style or type of shot, and I also don't want to break out of one look in favour of something that's not as strong.

I have another similar pair of compositions that I'll put up over the next few days.
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neptunia
User: neptunia67
Date: 2008-05-10 13:33 (UTC)
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I am starting to play with angles for my pottery shots. I am going to try something entirely new next weekend, with props. I find that the sterile background of the light tent is just not showing my work in the way I want. The photos lack depth, color and character. So, I'm going to try some outdoor shots. I'll post some of them.
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Eureka: Temperance
User: eurekagray
Date: 2008-05-10 14:49 (UTC)
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That sounds like a good idea. As another alternative to the light tent, you may want to try using diffuse window light. It will give a similar, soft quality of light (as long as it's not direct sunlight) but still allow for some shadows to create depth. A lot of food photography uses window light, strong angles, and a shallow depth of field to create interest. You'll probably need to include at least a moderate depth of field to show detail over a larger area, but setting up a little display on a windowsill or shelf near a window can add some spice to the composition. Even hard light might work:

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neptunia
User: neptunia67
Date: 2008-05-10 15:14 (UTC)
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I see what you're saying. That is really nice. I'll give it a try, we have a large window in the living room that gets plenty if indirect light. What I am going to try tomorrow (I've moved this project up by a week) is to take our small dining table outside, and set it with some nice props on the patio. I'll do it in the morning so the light is not direct. I really want to bring out the colors of the pieces.

I'm still working with my little Nikon camera, but am getting better results since learning how to work with the exposure time and white balance.
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