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    My first attempt at "still life"...

    So, I was particularly bored today (as all good stories begin) and I decided to take a bash at this "still life" stuff. Not really knowing what to do, I set up a box near the window in my bedroom to get plenty of light, and just kind of made it up as I went along from there.
    Here a few of the shots I was happy with:
    My first attempt at "still life"...
    My first attempt at "still life"...
    My first attempt at "still life"...

    Like I say, I don't really know what I'm doing so any and all C+C Is very much appreciated

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    I think you did good on your first try at still life. Your shots are far better than what I did when I first tried it.

    I like how you positioned the shoes on #1. When I saw this, I immediately thought of a "grungy" type of shot where the leather parts looks edgy and semi-HDR in the processing. Having seen a lot of product shots on magazines and books, I immediately thought that some rim or kicker lights at the top part of the shoe on the right would really make the shot very interesting.

    #2 is not as dynamic as #1 as the lighting is a bit "safe" or flat. Probably, being a stereo-type guy (me, that is) I usually like cameras to be shot on a dark background with very selective lighting to show their "manliness". Hahaha! I would also love to see some rainbow reflections on the lens area to make it come alive.

    #3 is also good. Due to the flowing lines and curves, it has more flow or movement in it and not just an ordinary negative film subject shot.

    All in all, a very well executed shots if I may say. Congrats.

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Nice presented. Were shots 1 and 3 shot with the Olympus?

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Cool photo's David.you made it look easy to do.Makes me want to try that myself.Good job on the composition on #1 and #3.

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Willie, Thanks for the comments, I'm quite eager to try out something like you suggested for shot #2.

    John, all of the above were shot with my Canon 450D.I think I'll wait until my college course in august to learn how to develop my own film before I start using it again.

    Ron, Be sure to let us see if you do . and thanks!

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Hi,
    My first attempt at "still life"...
    or
    My first attempt at "still life"...
    Last edited by Radu Dinu Cordeanu; 29th May 2011 at 06:14 PM.

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Those are excellent photos for a first attempt, David.

    And an interesting edit, Radu.

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Radu

    Is this a metaphor for the contemporary contempt of film photography? (too many contemps.... there). The plastic film 'down-trodden' by the jack-boot of modernity - the baseball shoe! I like the neat similarity of the film sprocket holes and the double-stitching of the shoes. What's your next project?

    Quote Originally Posted by Radu Dinu Cordeanu View Post
    Hi,
    My first attempt at "still life"...

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    rob marshall

    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    Quote Originally Posted by moss View Post
    So, I was particularly bored today
    David

    I'm always bored.

    Is this a tribute to Emelda Marcos? (She wasn't from Glasgow, you know).

    I'll be serious (my wife is out of the room). I do a lot of still life, as do other members here on CiC. I think if you are doing ordinary objects for still life, they need either to have a very direct simplicity or impact that speaks for itself, or you need to introduce some juxtaposition or humour which adds another dimension to what is otherwise an ordinary object. It's a difficult task. You need a lot of imagination, or far more drugs than are available from the medicine cabinet, or the back-streets of Glasgow, where I once lived.

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    absolutely LOVE the sneaker shots. Brought a smile to my face! They are my favourite kind of shoes! I love how you set them up.. Wonderful.! I wouldn`t even think to take a picture of sneakers.

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    Re: My first attempt at "still life"...

    [QUOTE=rob marshall;116252]Radu

    Is this a metaphor for the contemporary contempt of film photography? (too many contemps.... there)....

    Hi Rob
    The answer could be (be)low

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