As the time is drawing closer to assessment, I have been looking back on my blog and realised that I had commented in my feedback to my tutor’s report that I would address a few images.
My tutor remarked that the second point is quite peripheral. He suggested placing the objects together like two people talking to each other. The light and dark areas work well in the composition, but the bright white background is competing with the star shape of the squash. He suggests that if the background is toned down a bit, the form of the squash would be more emphasized. Winter squash is now out of season, so I have not redone this shot, but have done the post processing that was suggested.
My tutor commented on the fact that the curve was fading into background too much and thereby more emphasis was on the pattern of the watermelon than the curve. To fix this I added a local adjustment to the background to bring the exposure and highlights down. I also added a couple of local exposure adjustments to the edge of the watermelon to emphasis the curve better.
Distinct, even if irregular shapes
My tutor had commented that I had too many competing shapes in the original submission so I have replaced the original image with this one (Fig 07), which was taken at the same time. It highlights the shape of the individual pepper which is separated out from the peppers in the background. The curve of the pepper is accentuated by the light catching the edge of the pepper. In post processing I brought down the exposure and highlights of this highlighted section by applying a local adjustment to the highlight. Hopefully this is an improvement on the previous image.
My tutor liked this image but remarked that the light behind the fennel was too bright. The yellow cloth and knife were also too bright. I have done local exposure adjustments to rectify this.
My tutor said that my beetroot image is more of a triangle than an implied triangle and that an implied triangle is three more or less equidistant points. Furthermore, my second photo is not an implied triangle at all as he says it doesn’t have three distinct points but many more that move in a circle.
I have retaken the implied triangle photos. Fig 09 featured many implied triangles within a circle. Post processing involved increasing exposure by half a stop, decreasing highlights, boosting the shadows a bit, adding contrast, clarity and a bit of vibrance.
Fig 10 features three apples arranged in an implied triangle. There is separation between all the apples so the implication is there. In post processing shadows were opened up, highlights decreased, exposure increased by a third of a stop and a bit of contrast, clarity and vibrance was added.
My tutor thought this image looked underexposed. I have increased the exposure and contrast, opened up the shadows and added a bit of saturation to improve the image (fig 12).
Even after these revisions, I am still of the opinion that I really don’t like still-life photography, but I suppose this is something I should try and work on.