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  #171 Emotional Still Life
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No title as suggested in the forum       ©2016 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       4th place, 170 points
1/13s, f6.4, ISO 100, 201mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: I took several different exposures of the same scene and then blended in the correct exposures from different areas. I used the Burn and Dodge tools to fine tune the brightness of certain areas then changed the saturation appropriately. This was followed by some sharpening and finally re-sized for entry.       Extra Info: None
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May 10, 2016

May 9, 2016
    Congratulations Neil - two top fives. It was interesting to read your comments about Vanitas. I'll be sure to look up the link.

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May 9, 2016
    beautifully constructed memento mori.

May 9, 2016
    Thanks very much. I'm glad you recognise the style :-) .
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May 9, 2016
    Good emotional content, very reminicent of some classic still life paintings. Well done!

May 9, 2016
    Thank you all so much :-) .

NEAT - It's our old family bible. I'm not sure exactly how old it is but I'd guess around 150 - 170 years or so going by the family history info written inside it. Sadly I don't read it as I can't speak the language.

I did consider trying to catch the sand just as it was about to run out but I thought some people might say that was motion and therefore should not be in a still life, and since I was including a skull it seemed to me that his time had already run out!

joncomyn - Seems a bit Contrived! Type in 'vanitas' on Google Images - http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=vanitas&biw=1920&bih=1060&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwiKjP-Q-6XMAhXMJMAKHZyDCjYQsAQIGw#imgrc=3IeWc-j-Bk-lRM%3A

If it's contrived then I'm in good company ;-) .
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May 9, 2016
    That looks like an awesome bible, wonder how old it is and if you read it? Do you know the bible is still a best seller, but the least read book of all.

Great lighting in this comp indeed, not sure about all the props though, don't really fancy the beads or skeleton, but that's just me. You should of had the hour glass towards the end spectrum, showing that we're running out of time.
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Old Finn
May 9, 2016
    Sure there is some kinds of emotions. Good work. My first choice.

May 9, 2016
    Technically very well done, lighting is very good. Can't say the emotion is real strong, just seems a bit contrived.

May 9, 2016
    An interesting still life of symbolic elements. I like the light from the candle, you have handled that very well. Top 3.

May 8, 2016
    Thanks for the comments both.

Anthony - I see what you mean about the back of the skull. Maybe I will try a darker version It was lit with daylight through thin pink curtains partly to give some depth to the bible by illuminating the side of it. I was going for whichever emotion the Vanitas style of art generated in the viewer. Different people take the style in different ways. The items mainly refer to the brevity of life and suddenness of death and possible futility of worldly actions in-between. Thinking of these topics is bound to produce emotions in most people of some sort, but I think you have to think about the photo to bet the best of the emotional impact. They are not instant as in some entries but lie deeper.
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Anthony Comyn
May 8, 2016
    Nicely executed. Your PP is good. Not totally sure about the bright back of the skull... Would like to know which emotion you were going for. Clearly biblical/ religion... But is it sadness you going for? Or maybe faith, but then I don't understand the skull. In my favorites, but I think the message isn't as clear as it could be.

May 8, 2016
    Well composed, illuminated and focused. Quite macabre but I sense the emotion is one of fright, despair or inevitability.

May 8, 2016
    Thanks very much both. I'm glad you like the look of it.

Leanne - On researching the 'Vanitas' style I found a few examples with dice in them and as I had these old looking once from when I was a child I thought I'd include them. I think they are supposed to represent the risks we did, could or should have made in life. I made sure a '1' and a '6' were facing up to represent the best and worst possible outcomes in life.
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May 7, 2016
    One of the few classic looking still life entries which I find more pleasing. Not convinced the dice should have been included.

May 7, 2016
    lot of worik, but it seems to have paid off. good on lighting effects and nice consistent believable tones.

May 7, 2016
    Thank you both. You both got the kind of feeling I was expecting it to provoke :-)
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May 7, 2016
    Excellent composition and exposure, as well as a feeling of how fleeting life really is.

May 7, 2016
    It's technically very well photographed, albeit a bit cliche in that I've seen similar images online. The choice of subjects sends a sense of discomfort which fits the theme very well. High in my TT.
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May 7, 2016
    LOL at 'Disney'. I'll take that as a compliment but it was supposed to look like 'Vanitas'.

Executed?! No....he was like that when I found him ;-) .
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Jade O.
May 7, 2016
    Very Disney. Very well executed.

May 7, 2016
    Thanks both :-) .

Yes he has got good teeth forkcandles LOL.
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May 7, 2016
    I was just about to comment, when I saw the hourglass and realised that my time had run out. On my list.

May 6, 2016
    good use of layers
inevitability as the emotion
the sands run out
candles going to flicker
and the dentist wants his test skull back

May 6, 2016
    time does march on....... well lit and staged/composed as still. very good

May 6, 2016
    It is my attempt at making a photo in the 'Vanitas' style.

May 6, 2016
    Very nice work with the candle light and processing. A little heavy on the strange combination of symbolism. I think the bible, crucifix and candle would have been a good natural combination with more emotional weight. The skull, dice, and hour glass are weirdly macabre.
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