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08/09/2010 12:03:44 AM · #1
THANK YOU ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Langdon :)

I should be wining the blue with this one :P

...or sing the blues LOL
08/09/2010 01:28:54 AM · #2
*sigh* Still life is not one of my own preferred subjects, nor one I consider myself good at. I'll need some inspiration for this. Perhaps I should take this as my opportunity to do some wine glasses...

Nah.
08/09/2010 01:35:20 AM · #3
What's with the run of black and white? Not complaining, I like it far more than the DPColourful we usually see, just curious!
08/09/2010 01:56:31 AM · #4
Originally posted by FocusPoint:

THANK YOU ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Langdon :)

I should be wining the blue with this one :P

...or sing the blues LOL


YES, THANK YOU LANGDON!!!
08/09/2010 02:21:29 AM · #5
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

*sigh* Still life is not one of my own preferred subjects, nor one I consider myself good at. I'll need some inspiration for this. Perhaps I should take this as my opportunity to do some wine glasses...

Nah.


Still life can be rusty and crusty also man!
08/09/2010 09:25:14 AM · #6
Originally posted by coryboehne:

Still life can be rusty and crusty also man!

True. I just need to give it some thought and get some inspiration. Once I have that good idea, I think I can do well with it.
08/09/2010 09:48:25 AM · #7
Originally posted by Covert_Oddity:

What's with the run of black and white? Not complaining, I like it far more than the DPColourful we usually see, just curious!


Doesn't say you have to work in B&W it says a B&W still life...
08/09/2010 02:23:26 PM · #8
Didn't we just have a b&w minimalism challenge ...

;-P
08/09/2010 07:28:32 PM · #9
Originally posted by dsray:

Originally posted by Covert_Oddity:

What's with the run of black and white? Not complaining, I like it far more than the DPColourful we usually see, just curious!


Doesn't say you have to work in B&W it says a B&W still life...


Right. You can photograph a white and black object with no conversion.

Like my Minimalism entry. This was shot in colour and still is in colour. ;)

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08/09/2010 10:54:27 PM · #10
a still life is NOT a product shot. Product shots will feel the WRATH OF ONE
08/09/2010 11:00:57 PM · #11
Originally posted by posthumous:

a still life is NOT a product shot. Product shots will feel the WRATH OF ONE

Why? It's still. Appears to be a fuzzy line between a still life and product shot. How do you draw the line?

Message edited by author 2010-08-09 23:03:00.
08/09/2010 11:14:51 PM · #12
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by posthumous:

a still life is NOT a product shot. Product shots will feel the WRATH OF ONE

Why? It's still. Appears to be a fuzzy line between a still life and product shot. How do you draw the line?


I don't have to draw the line. The two things are clearly defined and very different.
08/09/2010 11:34:10 PM · #13
Uh, huh. Just as in the two "missed focus" challenges, where the difference between focus and motion blur was clearly defined and no confusion was possible. Plenty of motion blur entries that I voted low, but somehow still scored highly in spite of not fitting the challenge in any way.

If I do a still life of a coffee maker and coffee, is that a still life or a product shot?
08/09/2010 11:43:44 PM · #14
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:


If I do a still life of a coffee maker and coffee, is that a still life or a product shot?


Depends if you put a flower & tablecloth in there.

eta: Personally, I've never taken a good still life because I just can't get the concept.

Message edited by author 2010-08-09 23:45:06.
08/09/2010 11:49:24 PM · #15
I personally dont under what is meant by still life? Can I take a picture of my hissing roach then? Its alive and is usually sittin pretty still.
08/09/2010 11:50:57 PM · #16
Originally posted by posthumous:

a still life is NOT a product shot. Product shots will feel the WRATH OF ONE


Whats the difference.... not being smart... really dont know
08/09/2010 11:50:58 PM · #17
Originally posted by monster-zero:

I personally dont under what is meant by still life? Can I take a picture of my hissing roach then? Its alive and is usually sittin pretty still.


The roach would have to be dead. Sorry.
08/10/2010 12:08:37 AM · #18
Originally posted by Kelli:

Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:


If I do a still life of a coffee maker and coffee, is that a still life or a product shot?


Depends if you put a flower & tablecloth in there.

eta: Personally, I've never taken a good still life because I just can't get the concept.


The concept of still life is pretty different than DPC's concept of still life. From Wikipedia:

A still life (plural still lifes[1]) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on) in an artificial setting.

Pretty wide ranging, though I would imagine to do well on DPC it will need to be a muted fruit basket on a chequered table cloth type shot.
08/10/2010 12:24:20 AM · #19
A still life is a beautiful image created by placing objects. The composition must make full use of the frame.

A product shot is an image of a beautiful object. The composition is centered and boring.
08/10/2010 12:26:38 AM · #20
That's great and all but can someone explain black and white please?
08/10/2010 12:35:19 AM · #21
Originally posted by yanko:

That's great and all but can someone explain black and white please?


The world is black, the world is white
It turns by day and then by night
A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight, a beautiful sight

or...

Unravel me
a distant cord
on the outside is forgotten
a constant need

To get along
and the animal awakens
and all I feel is black and white


Message edited by author 2010-08-10 00:40:30.
08/10/2010 01:47:56 AM · #22
Lots of ideas running through my head. Who's doing fruits?
08/10/2010 03:49:52 AM · #23
Originally posted by posthumous:

A still life is a beautiful image created by placing objects. The composition must make full use of the frame.

A product shot is an image of a beautiful object. The composition is centered and boring.


Centered and boring product shots are still life but bad ones. There are some good product shots meet your definition "beautiful image created by placing objects", such as:
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//image161.poco.cn/mypoco/myphoto/20100603/16/522589662010060316425608_640.jpg
//www.twolia.com/blogs/daily-beauty-break/files/2009/08/well-suited-product-shot.jpg
//www.fonmin.com/uploadimg/UploadFile/2009710124030899.jpg
//www.media848.com/d/file/photo/renwu/2009-06-17/6135b772cba09cc579292322d761d337.jpg
//www.okvi.com/design/UploadFiles_design/200906/20090617085230481.jpg
//www.okvi.com/design/UploadFiles_design/200906/20090617085230698.jpg
//www.okvi.com/design/UploadFiles_design/200906/20090617085230378.jpg

08/10/2010 06:48:54 AM · #24
Here's a link to the scoring thread from Still Life V.
It had a lively discussion regarding what "Still Life" entailed/is/was.
Still Life V scores thread

Um... maybe I'll sit this one out...
08/10/2010 07:02:08 AM · #25
I might have one of these lying around...

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