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Apples with flower
Apples with flower

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Challenge: Still Life (Classic Editing)
Collection: product/still life
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Denmark
Date: Oct 29, 2003
Aperture: F2.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20 s
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Oct 29, 2003

Initially inspired by Maria Cristina Cassenelli in the book "Still life and special effects photography" to make an image with mostly white tints, but after some experimenting it turned out to be a very different image after all.

At first I wanted to achieve an image with all white tints and made the setup for that.

White lilies in a white vase, leaves removed because the green was too strong and the shape of the leaves too distracting. Apples on a white plate covered in flower to remove some color.

White curtains covering the wooden table. White wall as background.

Lit by a small 60W halogen desk lamp from the left, lighting the apples and vase. A 150W halogen floodlight for the white wall at the back. A 500W halogen floodlight bounced against white curtains on the right.

Turned out a nice image, but then I applied auto levels and color balance and I got these lovely soft colors, so decided to stick with that. Finally I also applied a light unsharp mask.

I am not satisfied with the background, one can see some uneven spots. I tried to move the scene further away from the wall but that did not help sufficiently. A smart blur would solve it, but is against DPC rules.

Place: 16 out of 326
Avg (all users): 6.3363
Avg (commenters): 6.9167
Avg (participants): 6.2756
Avg (non-participants): 6.4167
Views since voting: 1555
Votes: 223
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/10/2003 06:29:37 PM
Very nice composition and wonderful colors. A very pretty image!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2003 04:22:32 PM
Excellent use of color. I love the composition too!
11/10/2003 07:48:28 PM
Simple and delicate...I guess I can't really find anything wrong other than that I just don't love it. Very good stuff, though.
11/10/2003 05:22:37 PM
I love the colors and the lighting but......why do the the apples look moldy? hehe, just kidding.
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11/10/2003 04:52:08 PM
I love the lighting and the composition on this shot. The open flower looks like it is lit from inside, good effect. The only thing that really distracts for me is the stuff on the apples.
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11/09/2003 01:45:18 PM
Very well done,maybe vase should have been whole,9 from me!
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11/09/2003 12:25:21 AM
Nice lighting!
11/08/2003 07:27:09 PM
Very nice texturing and color usage.
11/08/2003 03:32:51 PM
Love the tonal quality of this!
11/06/2003 11:28:42 PM
I like the warm colors. Nicely balanced. 8
11/06/2003 06:01:32 PM
very nice but the color of the vase is too close to the color of the background
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/06/2003 02:57:11 PM
well....a darker draping material, better draped at the bottom would have provided better contrast for this but the vase and flowers are just too overpowering and I had to scoll all the way down to see the maint title subject.....the background might have also been a different color as it blends a bit too much with the vase....now if you lost from the apples on down by cropping, this would be a much better, minimalist still life even without the aforementioned suggested background change.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/06/2003 01:26:40 AM
I don't know if the apples add to the overall look of the photo. 5
11/05/2003 06:13:05 PM
weird apples. i like the forms and lines. even the uniform color scheme is nice. although the vase blends in almost a little too well with the wall... maybe you could use shadows to separate the vase, table, and wall a little more. actually i think the vase and flower alone would make a nice shot... or a different shot using the apples without the flower.. focusing more on the folds in the fabric and the texture on the apples.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/05/2003 11:32:05 AM
Nice! I wonder of a little more consistent lighting might have made a difference. 7
11/05/2003 02:06:16 AM
Simple yet elegant, I like it, the lighting is perfect for this shot.

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