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Old 06-24-2009, 02:20 AM
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Two for your consideration

While waiting for the spirit to move me regarding how I might best shoot this knife, I messed around and made these two versions. Comments welcomed.





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Old 06-24-2009, 08:26 AM
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Personally, I like the mixed background. The plain one is a little steril.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:40 AM
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Both pictures are far beyond what I could do, that being said neither one really does a whole lot for me. The first picture the blocks of colour in the top right and bottom left really draw my eye away from the knife, The second is pretty basic and dare I say boring, even the beauty of the knife is lost in the neutrality of the background.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:29 PM
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I personally don't care for the 1st one but I commend you on your creativity. The second one the backround color does nothing to enhance or draw attention to the knives but maybe with a little non competing texture on the backround I might feel differently. I would try using the first backround without the squares. The knives are very well shot otherwise.


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Old 06-24-2009, 07:39 PM
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I appreciate all the remarks. I posted these because I'm not happy with them and am looking for a different direction. The knife is beautiful, but in my experience black, white and grey knives are a challenge (for me at least). I want to introduce some color somehow. I have a third version I worked up this morning. I'll post it when I get home tonight. Again, thanks all for taking the time to comment.


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Photo #1: A good composition. Problems: The darks are too dark and the lights too light. For me. I keep looking at the shadow on the heel of the backspine. Hard to tell what the background behind the tiles is.

Photo #2: Yuck. The dark backdrop, although isolating the views, simply makes it too stark. My biggest preference is the visual size of the backspine shot. It's the closest to the eye and is the smallest of the three. Perspective fail.

Photo #3: Best all around. I like the lighter backdrop (although I, too, have the hardest time with light blue backgrounds. Very cold.). That's probably why I enjoy the added prop. It gives some color warmth to the image.

Perspective is good. (because it probably IS exactly in perspective with the three shots taken in place)

My personal preference is that there is still too much background on all three shots. A bit more cropping work would please me. I see you have a fixed cropping ratio (LIke I try to maintain.) Setting up these kind of triple exposure shots with the tripod isn't easy.

Thanks for the experiments. I am certain the client (You?) will be pleased.

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Old 06-25-2009, 02:48 PM
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Buddy,

I like number 3 better than the previous 2. I think that I might try to fade the bold color of the prop a little bit but with a contrast boost to the knives so the prop is not so dominant color wise.


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