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A Work Of Art

A Work Of Art
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Copyright: Melody Music (MelodyMusic) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 62] (315)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-13
Categories: Artwork
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-14 20:05
Viewed: 817
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a picture taken of one of my family's antique possessions, a hand-decorated/engraved silver tray. This tray weighs quite a bit, and it is usually used for decorating purposes within the house, but it also may be used as a tray to serve tea to guests. This silver tray has at least 100 years of history, and I found the time spent to engrave these beautiful figures in it with detail astonishing because something like this just could not possibly have been as unique if it were machine-made. I love how very delicate it is, and close-up it probably tells a tale, one of which I am not familiar with currently.

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Nice work indeed,I like this work

  • tribord Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 91 N: 296] (895)
  • [2013-02-16 4:16]

Bonjour Melody,

I promise you, one day, I will come and say only good things, how well you achieved your shot, sure, I will, another day...
Be patient.

A few weak points to think about, and at last one good point:
Distance: so-so, in between, you are not close enough or far enough. I would feel better to be closer and enjoy more details in particular, or to be further and enjoy the whole scennery. too many parts of the plate are cut.

Background: The table-ware napkin is definitely not a good choice. It disturbs the eye because there are patterns on it and different lightings. A simple black cloth without decorations would be perfect to boost the color and texture of the steel/silver.

Angle: Not that bad, but you would get more details from shutting right above instead. Or keep focus on the front only with a lower angle. I think that the hunting scennery in the center is the most appealing so I would level the horizon with that scene.

Light: Too many sources of differents lights, giving as many reflections that cover the carved images. Plus, different tones warm and cold, in the same parts of the shot. Watch out for disturbing reflections, such as the one on the top left (window?) and the red spot on the top right (You?).

At last, one good thing here: The reflection of the ceiling, I guess, gave this "gold" reflection on the lower-left part of the plate. The carved motives now look like they are "embossed". I liked the too identical motives (left and right and the same size that of the portrait)to be in different tones, like some positive and negative.

Finally, if I were to do this shot, I would try to put the plate not on a table, but against a wall, then put a black cloth for the background, try to find one (or two) light source that are not directly on it, or at least far enough not to reflect. I would try to shoot right in front, but far enough and zooming to avoid an unwanted self-portrait...

Hope this gives some hints.



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