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Sweet Music

Sweet Music
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-27
Categories: Artwork, Event, Experimental
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): I've Got Music, Prayerful [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-21 9:05
Viewed: 2101
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of my pleasurable duties at the Seminary where I am studying is to capture special events. On this occasion I was asked to take candid shots of the choir and musicians of Inshallah as we practised for an upcoming public concert. One one point I grabbed a quick shot of Sebastian's hand while he accompanied us. I knew the comp was going to be okay, but I didn't realize how intense the details were going to be until I got the image onscreen at home.

Tech: Shot with SB800 (pointed toward ceiling) with diffuser cap for fill-in light; captured in raw, converted, cropped slightly all around, then cropped a little extra from below hand to eliminate part of the out-of-focus bow; resized, sharpened, framed and signed

Thanks in advance for your kind comments and suggestions.

GreenBaron, shaukatmi, shelbeesmom, dareco, tyro, wbriques, chrisJ, roges, brech has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Lanbowen: good to have you backSilke 1 12-19 13:01
To korbee: I never thought of that!Silke 1 11-22 15:36
To dareco: permissionsSilke 1 11-21 15:10
To WhiteKnight: Agreed!Silke 1 11-21 09:58
To shaukatmi: InshallahSilke 1 11-21 09:44
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Very well captured.

Hi Silke,
A very special picture, a fine close up of the violin fingers with the string prints clearly visible, but I wished you had chosen a higher f-stop of f/11 or above to create a better DOF. Brightness and colours are spot on even like the presentation in the black frame.

Hi, Silke. The close up of the fingers are captured in great detail and include the indentation in the pulp of the index and middle fingers. Great job, a photographer's delight. Well composed with excellent metering. Cheers.
Inshallah means God willing.

I like the idea here - great to do the close crop for what could be an almost abstract shot!!! Good light with the bounced flash!!

I have to be honest and say that the first thing I thought when I opened the image was 'shame the whole finger's not in focus' and would agree with Hans regarding the DOF and f stop choice.

That said - it's nice to see someone using indirect flash....


Hey Miss Silke! so good to see you here today! This is wonderful! What makes this work so well for me is the super close crop! You centered in on the MAIN action here, the fingers! Nice sharpness! Come on, posting some more!

Hi Silke ,
very nice framing,new idea,sharp finger,soft lighting and warm color.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-11-21 13:23]
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The details really are fabulous!! I love it!! I hope you'll be showing us more from this event. TFS

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2009-11-21 15:26]

Hello, Silke.

This is Absolutely Wonderful!

An absolutely perfect capture of the fingers of the musician on his instrument. Beautifully composed (or cropped after the event - no matter) and with incredible detail, sharpness and clarity.

The ring finger, stopping the string being played, lies right at the junction of "thirds" in the composition and I love the out-of-focus "halo" of the bow in the foreground. The strings and fingerboard make a very strong diagonal right across the frame.

Spot-on exposure too.


Kind Regards,


Hi Silke...nice shot..excellent composition..nice details.


could be a nice cover for a classic cd ,well done silk.


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-11-23 0:56]

What a wonderful capture !



The details are really great. Also composition is nice with the right DOFon the hands.

Well done,


no more :) today,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-23 5:25]

Hi Silke

Effective tight framing, with impeccable use of a shallow dof & good sharpness on the fingers & strings. Excellent colour & framing. Tfs!

Olá Silke

Excelente composição...belo olhar.
Cores ótimas e uma bela iluminação.
Belo trabalho, meus parabéns!
Grande abraço

Hey Lady of the Lens

Long time no see! I have been gone for a while as well...
I love the crop and the sharpness. I can hear the music already!



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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-12-20 14:14]

Hi Silke,
Beautiful image. What an extraordinary idea to also play the point.
What details and clarity!
Have a beautiful evening,

Great detail photo! It is the print of the string in the finger that makes it special.
I almost can feel it.

Hello Silke,
I do love this photo, it reminds me so much of my daughter playing her harp..:) Nice close up and of course nicely framed too..:) TFS

If only you KNEW, Silke, how many times I have already come back to this shot. I do like it for its mood, the fact that it gives the viewer the feeling to be in IN the music. I also like your composition, the frozen movement of the hand, the blurred foreground making the sharp chords really pop out, the way the chords have left their imprint on the fingers...
BUT I have a problem...
Maybe it is me, but the difference between the light falling on the four moving fingers, and the light falling on that one immobile finger bothers me. As if the flash you used had only illuminated that fifth finger, giving it another colour and texture than the four other ones. Also underlining the fact that it is (logically) sharper than the other fingers...
But probably the MAIN problem is that I really do not know what to suggest you. These are diffult shots to realize... Or maybe a B&W conversion would have smoothened the light issue?
Just my personal thoughts. Feel free to (dis)agree ;o).
TFS & kind regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-02-09 1:04]

Hi Silke
The composition is good. The capture of the fingers, especially with the marks of the strings on those 2 fingers, is like music to the eye... Beautifully done

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