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Colored silhouettes

Postby Duck » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:00 am

I have mixed feelings about these... :?
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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby Charles Haacker » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:26 am

I like the spot being just a little soft at the edges so it emphasizes the sharp edges of the vegetables. I'm more attracted to the pepper against the green spot than the eggplant, perhaps because the pepper has more shape and definition. I wonder if a cauliflower might be better for shape. This is an interesting out-of-the-box concept. For me, though, something indefinable seems lacking, like a pinch of spice or a little salt or something. If I had made them I think I might try cropping them square. I suspect there is too much negative black space out to the sides, unless there was something else there, a faint texture, ghosting in of a pattern, something other than unrelieved matte black. Either that or maybe somehow allow some wrap from the spot (somehow) to put a highlight on the edges, kind of like white line glass, just a little definition. Otherwise it strikes me as matte black on matte black regardless of the color of the spot.
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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby Duck » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:36 am

Charles Haacker wrote:[...] For me, though, something indefinable seems lacking...

My thought exactly. That's why I'm so on the fence.

Charles Haacker wrote:[...] Either that or maybe somehow allow some wrap from the spot (somehow) to put a highlight on the edges, kind of like white line glass, just a little definition. Otherwise it strikes me as matte black on matte black regardless of the color of the spot.

A good idea. I'll have to give that a try. Thanks.
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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby Psjunkie » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:34 pm

Interesting Duck...Chuck makes some points...I've got nothing at this point..

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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby minniev » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:44 pm

Duck wrote:I have mixed feelings about these... :?
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Thoughts? Suggestions? Directions to the trash heap? ;)

This is an interesting concept but I agree that it may benefit from some further development. The shapes don't seem to have as much impact as perhaps they should, given how simple and stark the compositions are and how sharp the shapes are.

Bigger circles of color?
Irregular shapes to the colored areas?
Less black space around the edges/different crops?
Texture added to the colored space?
Shadow larger in the frame?

It's something I haven't seen before, so the originality attracts. Worth more exploration, I believe.
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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby Duck » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:41 pm

You've all given me some great ideas to try. Edge lighting, textured spot, or event a small amount of lighting on the veggies but keeping the edges dark may work too. Time for some experimentation...
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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby Duck » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:01 am

Textured spot (rather than just a circle) and edge lighting on the eggplant. Better but still lacks that emotional touch.
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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby Psjunkie » Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:09 am

Duck wrote:Textured spot (rather than just a circle) and edge lighting on the eggplant. Better but still lacks that emotional touch.
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For me Duck this is moving away from silhouette....very interesting though..

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Re: Colored silhouettes

Postby St3v3M » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:02 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:... Either that or maybe somehow allow some wrap from the spot (somehow) to put a highlight on the edges, kind of like white line glass, just a little definition. Otherwise it strikes me as matte black on matte black regardless of the color of the spot.

I was thinking the same, a little front lighting, or just a touch of side lighting, would really set this off. Great catch! S-
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