Jan van Leijenhorst  

A Gift by Jan van Leijenhorst

May 2020 - A Gift

About the Image(s)

I made this image for a project that I was engaged in earlier this year.
As I could not go out I photographed things in the house: a small geisha doll against a blue and white Japanese plate.
The title was an afterthought.

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7 comments posted

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Not sure what the image story is about.
The colours in the clothes stand out well. It has been well setup and is nicely balanced. To me there seems a bit of softness or noise in the image, which may be deliberate.
There are a few highlights i would think may heave been reduced, bottom left edge and left side of the main ball.   Posted: 05/03/2020 04:06:47

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Interesting set up of Japanese items. The orange and blue are a great color combination. I am distracted by the hair strands that are straying away from her mane. I'd erase those and possibly the crack in the plate. I might even run it though a de noise post processing.
I like the title and it tells the story of an offering by a Geisha.   Posted: 05/08/2020 08:29:30
Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
Thank you for your comments. I also noticed those "imperfections", but since I was not striving for total perfections I left them untouched. Especially that strand of hair adds character to the image, I feel.   Posted: 05/09/2020 16:32:31

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
It is always interesting to see how the combination of a couple of dis-similar items can be made to create an effective image. Here we have a very simple set up of the doll in front of the plate. The colour contrast between orange and blue always makes an effective picture, and here the face makes a strong centre of interest. Working indoors often creates problems with the lighting, usually it is not very strong and can introduce unwanted shadows, highlights and reflections, and I can see couple of minor ones in your image. It appears to be little grainy in the shadow areas, have you lightened up the image in post- processing on was a high ISO to blame?   Posted: 05/08/2020 10:31:09

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
Interesting image. I think I might want to increase the contrast on the doll so she stands out a little more. It is a little grainy, but inside images can turn out that way.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:15:32

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
HMMM.. not sure what to say.. interesting, it could use a little more contrast and noise reduction.   Posted: 05/15/2020 12:49:55

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Nice shot. It reminds me of the posters of women from different countries I had in my Language Arts classroom. What an interesting turn our photography is taking as we stay at home...I am going to have to dust off a few more things and try this. Very fun.   Posted: 05/19/2020 18:09:03