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Re: Three Eggs

Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:06 am

I like it. I know how difficult it is because when I was in school (well before the present era) we were given the assignment to photograph -- an egg, white on white. They gave us no suggestions as to how to do it, just that it had to look round, but the brightest part of the egg and its background should have very close to the same tonal value. The exercise was all about lighting, of course. You've lit yours very low from the left. The low angle provides just a hint of texture in the shells. The shadows are soft, open, yet delineated, and (as I discovered) it is the shadow that reveals the shape of the egg(s). It's interesting that Steve wonders about "printing" it even lighter because the one thing I would do if it were mine would be to "print it down" just a little, looking for just a scoche more separation between the highlighted (left) ends of the eggs and the background, but that was my training. We were studying to be commercial photographers so there had to be detail and separation, and you have both, and anyway different monitors &c yada. It's a swell shot, especially knowing how tough it was! :thumbup: (I need to repeat this exercise again. I did it with window light and a point-and-shoot almost 10 years ago, and it's nowhere near as interesting as yours: https://flic.kr/p/79QH2G )
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:55 am

Charles Haacker wrote:... (I need to repeat this exercise again. I did it with window light and a point-and-shoot almost 10 years ago, and it's nowhere near as interesting as yours: https://flic.kr/p/79QH2G )

Your egg is perfect for a commercial shoot! S-
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:12 pm

St3v3M wrote:
Charles Haacker wrote:... (I need to repeat this exercise again. I did it with window light and a point-and-shoot almost 10 years ago, and it's nowhere near as interesting as yours: https://flic.kr/p/79QH2G )

Your egg is perfect for a commercial shoot! S-

Exactly, Steve. It is a not bad example of how I see. Kind of literal. If I aspired to be a painter, I'd probably want to do trompe-l'œil. I've always thought it was mostly my training, but I think it's also my predisposition.
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Post by St3v3M » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:21 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:Exactly, Steve. It is a not bad example of how I see. Kind of literal. ...

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