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Apr 18, 2011 16:23 |  #1

Hi - trying a few new techniques here - mixing different exposed images (not HDR but just masking stuff myself) and a desaturating the background (among others).

Honestly - I'm not sure about it myself but would be interested to hear what you think anyway (as it took a good few hours to work on):

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Apr 18, 2011 17:16 |  #2

Some nice work on this one. Really like the way the light works across the whole image.

A few things do jump out at me.

First, I don't like thinking about dirty laundry when I think of food. The knives on the wall came out very flat and uniform, to the point they look fake. The shadow under her arm looks odd.

The biggest problem i have though is that it looks staged. Holding a rolling pin but nothing around to roll out. The burner is on, but nothing looks prepared to cook, and the pot looks empty. Having something in the glass jars would look more natural as well.


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Apr 18, 2011 17:25 |  #3

Cheers for the input - dirty laundry though? Where's that?

The pot was actually cooking pasta - I tried to get the steam coming up from it but it didn't work that well.

Know what you mean about the rolling pin - doesn't make sense.

Most of the stuff on the right was just sitting there and I thought it would make a good shot, rather than it being staged but, of course, you wouldn't know that from the photo.

I think it's a starting point for me though - there's loads wrong with this picture but I quite like the detail in the shot and may try a few more shots where there's a fair bit of stuff going on in this shot.

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Apr 18, 2011 17:40 |  #4

Almost like a human still life... I like it.

I'm thinking some lit candles may work somewhere in the scene. Maybe / Maybe not. Put a glass of red nearby?

The stove lights detract from the burner. You can't cook in the dark, but maybe there's a way to bring out the burners.

I'm thinking a dead rabbit on the board and a cleaver in your model's hands would work. I say that because, style-wise, this shot seems old-school to me, and things were a bit tougher back then. But maybe a nice fat ribeye would work instead of roadkill.

But forget all that. This is a sweet shot. I'd frame it.


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Apr 18, 2011 19:14 as a reply to  @ GlimmerMan's post |  #5

I like it. The only thing that seems a bit out of place to me is the huge clock. At least, she has no excuse for not getting the dinner on the table on time. ;)


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Apr 18, 2011 21:06 |  #6

I like this. Fun picture. To me it almost has a vintage feel and the washer and dryer in the background seem out of place. Also, the clock is a little distracting. The colors are great.




  
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Apr 19, 2011 02:33 |  #7

Cheers for your input guys - love the idea of the rabbit and meat cleaver - would certainly set it off.

The clock - story behind that is, we were a bit late in putting the clocks in our house forward this year and only got round to it yesterday - it's just waiting to go back onto the wall.

It does all look quite staged but everything the shot is exactly as it was when I walked into the kitchen and thought it would make a good shot.

Right - need to go and buy some dead animals.


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Apr 19, 2011 02:45 |  #8

Have you tried this in B&W? Would make a killer pose for a chef pic :P Not at my rig right now, on the lappy, else I'd have posted it for ya.




  
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Apr 19, 2011 07:58 |  #9

by dirty laundry I am referring to the washer or dryer (not sure which) in the background on the left


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Apr 19, 2011 08:55 |  #10

I would lose the w&d in bg by strategic prop placement. There seems to be a weird red blotch on the table behind her arm. Either that's an extremely late dinner or strange breakfast with ginger, parsnips, onion, and carrots! This one might lend itself to b&w or chocolate toning, if you bump the contrast up. Nice starting point for sure!


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Apr 19, 2011 11:08 |  #11
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I would darken around the photo and throw the w&d area very dark. Fix the glare on her apron, I don't like the range set up and the burner on. The knives do look fake. Other than that I like this, good colors.

This reminds me of a old masters painting, none in particular, good shoot.


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Apr 19, 2011 18:27 |  #12

Nice capture, I'd have a go at cloning the dress straps out....


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Apr 19, 2011 21:51 |  #13

Try the Exposure Fusion (not HDR) option of Photmatix or Dynamic HDR Pro....I think you will love it for above. I would just straighten the converging verticals on each side, otherwise I agree with the rolling pin comment and put something in the pot. The rest is just fantastic....the washer/dryer - meh!




  
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