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    2 Spoons.

    2 Spoons.
    Nikon D70, 50mm lens, ISO 200, f/22 at 0.8 second.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Willie I like it.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

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    A beautiful bringing together of the patterns on the plate and the spoons. And the lighting is super. How did you light it? You've picked up the texture in the bowl of the spoons wonderfully.
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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    What not to love, very creative.
    Love the shadows below the subjects as well, soft. Contrasts nicely with the harder tones of the plate pattern and the spoons.
    Post more - would that make them 'cereal' spoons?
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    Beautifully done.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Willie

    A beautiful bringing together of the patterns on the plate and the spoons. And the lighting is super. How did you light it? You've picked up the texture in the bowl of the spoons wonderfully.
    I used a table lamp fitted with a 60-watt REVEAL light bulb. I positioned it about a foot behind the plate and 14 inches above it. Then, I positioned a 24" X 24" plastic film (a white plastic garbage bag) in between the lamp source and the plate at 45 degree angle to create the nice transition. Hope this helps, Donald.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Smith View Post
    Willie I like it.
    Thanks, Sam.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamH View Post
    What not to love, very creative.
    Love the shadows below the subjects as well, soft. Contrasts nicely with the harder tones of the plate pattern and the spoons.
    Post more - would that make them 'cereal' spoons?
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    Thanks, Graham. These are regular spoons. The cereal ones are smaller I guess.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Beautifully done.
    Thanks, Bobo.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    ASSUMING there was no continuance of humour, my response as follows (and I know many who would continue in such a manner - but no way to tell for sure). Soooo .......!

    Serial .... cereal.

    Posting more of them would make them SERIAL spoons, not CEREAL spoons.

    I know, humour lost in explanation.

    Graham

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamH View Post
    ASSUMING there was no continuance of humour, my response as follows (and I know many who would continue in such a manner - but no way to tell for sure). Soooo .......!

    Serial .... cereal.

    Posting more of them would make them SERIAL spoons, not CEREAL spoons.

    I know, humour lost in explanation.

    Graham
    Sorry for not picking up the humour that well, Graham. Here is your request hot from the table lamp bulb:

    Tres Cucharitas:
    2 Spoons.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Believe it or not, some of us got it the first time....har-har-har.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    Believe it or not, some of us got it the first time....har-har-har.
    Kudos to Rob, Chris. My bad, I think you are talking about Graham's witty homour and not about the lighting setup.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Love the new spoons, hate the backdrop. Too wavy-gravy for me. I was refering to the cereal vs serial remark, not that you did the same thing.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by MiniChris View Post
    Love the new spoons, hate the backdrop. Too wavy-gravy for me. I was refering to the cereal vs serial remark, not that you did the same thing.
    Will try better next time. It's my old gray cartolina paper.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Sorry for not picking up the humour that well, Graham. Here is your request hot from the table lamp bulb:

    Tres Cucharitas:
    2 Spoons.
    Isn't a cucharita an appitizer?

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    LOL! It is small spoon in English, Chris. Since Filipinos were highly influenced by the Spaniards we also use the same Spanish words to describe kitchen stuff.

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    These shots are on fire - spoontaneous combustion!

    Graham
    (sorry )

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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Jiro,

    I'm trying to figure out why the first image "works". Technically it has many mistakes but visually is very pleasing. Tones in bowl of spoons look sketchy and artificial (like drawn with a pencil), those in handles are completely lost, one pair of shadows "hitting" the plate is very gritty and there's an ugly halo around the handles. So, I guess it was an "all or nothing" approach in Curves, for spoons only. Fortunately, pits and cavities of spoons gave this pleasing effect, despite the loss of many intermediate tones.

    Under the spoons I see not one but two pairs of shadows, one smooth (yellow arrows) and one gritty (red arrows). Since there was only one light source, it seems as if the spoons were rotated somehow. Obviously, the first pair comes from the spoons, but what about the gritty one?

    2 Spoons.
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    Re: 2 Spoons.

    Hello, Steve. The shot was done as is. The only PP made was to convert it to b&w, increase the contrast, and clean up the small dusts. I guess you are more experienced on this shot than I am. As I have said, my main light is a cheap table lamp with a REVEAL 60-watt bulb. My big white plastic sheet is from a white plastic trash bag to act as a light diffuser and at the same time as the source of the white specular reflectors. You could try it out if you want. I'm just fooling around. What you're seeing are not two pair of shadows but the interaction of the spoons relative to the curve of the plate. If you are familiar with the principle of "family of lines" you can easily see the relevance. You can easily validate my point by looking at the lower left shadows of the end of the spoons. If there was two point source, you would see another faint shadow riding on top or below the deeper one. You can only get a very even tone on the shadows if your subject is perpendicular to the line of the light source. In this case, it's not. The light source is about 35% angled hence the difference in the intensity and textures. Hope this helps.

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