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Copyright: Jako van der Walt (j-folio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 170 W: 82 N: 385] (2290)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-03
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, 90mm f2.8 macro 1:1
Exposure: f/16, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 16:28
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,

Well, me and Biance (TL member as I'm sure you know) saw a photo of a book and decided we would use the theme of 'book' and see what photos we could come up with by the next day. Her (imo) more original result is here

I think this must be the modt amount of effort I've ever put into a shot in my room. What follows is a descriprtion of how I did it. If you get bored, just skip it.

I knew I was going to use this old bible from the begining. It looked a bit dull on it's own so I used the wine glass and cross necklace as props, they seemed to fit the theme. The backdrop is a tablecloth, hung from a picture frame from my wall above my desk. The black is a sheet of black card behind it. On the left of the scene were two candles, at different heights, with some card behind them so light won't go on the black card. on the right were 3 candles, constantly moved by me to avoid a harsh shadow being cast on the side of the book by the closed clasp. Well that's about it really.

All the work beforehand paid off. I did no PP to it. Just a resize and some USM afterwards to bring back the sharpness lost. Yes, I know the backdrop is slightly too bright in the corner, yes I know the black card isn't 100% black, yes I know the glass could be sharper, yes, I know there is some noise in the darker areas, but I couldn't bring myself to fix those things. The photo just seemed so... natural, and I wanted to keep it like that.

Hope you like it,

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Natural it is, and so beautiful- good God can you imagine all the effort, all the time that is lost in that book. I suppose that's why I'm so obsessed with books- all the work that goes into them. My Father has an old leather bound Bible, I should have used that- but it would seem to perverse for me.

Anyways, I like this... the pattern on the cloth is subtly beautiful. And honestly, I think the glass is perfectly focused- while not 'as' focused as the Bible and cross, it's still good. The Bible is really a great focal point- seeing all the colour differences in the pages and the little rips through the cloth- and that latch looks fantastic, very authentic! And I think it's good that the black card isn't 'black' it wouldn't suit the other colours within the image.

I think all your efforts paid off, great-great stuff! :)


Interesting decision not to make this picture "perfect" through excessive PP work - its probably better off for being in this raw state and it does convey a wonderful sense of timelessness through the sepia tones you've captured. Composition is strong and nice details. I'm not entirely certain about the black corner as I don't think it adds anything to the overall picture, but none the less another fine still life.
Thanks for sharing

The photo is OK! Only regarding lighting in my opinion it looks too uniform; especially the bible Id prefer to have different lighting on sides. Anyhow I appreciate your work.

Very good setup and composition. I really like the way you positionned everything: it shows some thoughts! The yellowish light is very good, but I find the whole image a tad too dark. Maybe 2 or 3 more candles... Still, very good work!

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  • Tintin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1885 W: 243 N: 345] (1982)
  • [2007-01-03 19:20]

Well, a lot of good thinking that produced a very nice still life picture, Jako. I am wondering about the black corner and if it would have been better if you had had the full frame with the tablecloth as the background but I am not 100% certain about it. I like your set-up with one of the claps of the bible opened like you were getting slowly ready to sit down and open it fully. I like the light and I am not certain I would have noticed all of the "faults" you see in this picture if you had not mentioned them. Well done!

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2007-01-03 21:10]

Nice result - composition, warm tones, light, and the wear on the book. I guess my simple-minded conclusion is that a glass of wine (or more) helps when attempting to read the bible ;-)


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-01-04 15:07]

Hello Jako.
great stil life composition. The warm lighting does set a lovely ambiance. Very nice placing of your subjects and the POV is great.
Very well done.

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  • ma-at Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 3 N: 187] (1372)
  • [2007-01-06 5:39]

Good idea and great placement. I lke the dark corner adds an air of mystery. I also don't see too many of the faults you point out - don't be so harsh on yoursef. great work! ;-)

Beautiful still life, very peaceful, wonderful colors and compo. Your work paid off.


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