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Lord Ganesh Figurine


Lord Ganesh Figurine
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Copyright: Mambo King (MamboKing) (0)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-23
Categories: Artwork
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-23 17:59
Viewed: 2367
Points: 0
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Photo of a Lord Ganesh figurine at my home.
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  • tribord Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 91 N: 296] (895)
  • [2013-02-24 6:35]
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Welcome on board Praveen,

For your "first entry" into this world, you have a few good points and some others that you may rethink of. Let's discuss friendly about it, if you do not mind.

Two good points here, that are the composition and the blurr.
Your subject: is off-centered and looking at the right. Placed on the left side, you got enough empty sapce on the right, fitting well with the direction the statue is looking at.
Bokeh: (background blurr effect) is fine, even at F5.6, because you were close enough to your subject.

Now, we may have a look at the things you might think about in the future:

Light: You seemed to use two types of light, from the window and some kind of lamp (ceiling?). The light is not diffused properly and you find wide differences on the object, especially with the reflections of these lights onto it. Plus there is a slight overall yellow cast due to the lamp and the color of the desk mixed with the background. An unique source of light, white, would work better.

Reflections: As said the lights are reflected directly on the body, not very photogenic. You may notice also that you are yourself reflected on the lower part of the body. Might look fun, might do sometimes with particular shots, made on purpose, but I think that it was not the aim here... Taking more distance/changing the light source, will help resolving this.

Shutter speed: low, very low, works well with a tripod for close shots, but risk of handshake if handlheld. By the reflection on the object, I suppose that you do not have a tripod but are just taking stability onto the table. Ok, but we see you... Using a tripod, even a table-size for macro shots will work too.

Background: nice bokeh, but it is still too busy. Will work sometimes depending on what you want to show, but here the subject would gain more interest being totally separated from anything else. A simple sheet of white paper for the background and another one for the desk will do just fine. If you have time and money, you can play with a white table cloth or white bedsheets (before running to the shop and buy a mini studio for macro/object photography). The most benenfit you will get from those sheets is thqt you can put a lamp behind them, and get some "direct" light without having the reflection on the object.

Handle your objects with care: For example, your statue is still full of dust, so take out the dust on the object before shooting.

Finally, and that is just personal, you removed the statue from its original place to shoot it, doing this you lost the interaction between the figurine and its environment. So I believe that you do not need that background here anymore. If I were to do this photo, for such kind of close-up object, I would try a closer crop, in front, portrait type, vertical, with a monochrome background.

Looking forward to see more photos from you.
Have fun shooting and experimenting!

Damien (point system turned off)

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