Lynne Hollingsworth  

Garden stones by Lynne Hollingsworth

February 2021 - Garden stones

About the Image(s)

As I looked for something other than a flower to photograph, I saw these in the garden. I've always been partial to white river rock as so many remind me of potatoes. Yes I know that's odd.

These were taken indoors, then converted to monochrome after a few spots were cleaned up from the glass base. I took several different configurations, but I liked this one as it was (to me) simple. Went into nik and used the overexpose filter. I'm interested in your comments.

10 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The dark area in the lower right of the larger rock really helps this image. You have created an interesting table top study. I do wish that you had more detail in the upper parts of the rocks.   Posted: 02/10/2021 10:43:37

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, I thought at first they were potatoes.

I am not sure high-key white rocks quite work. I would prefer darker, and more Diana contrast, and more detail in the upper parts as Tom said.   Posted: 02/10/2021 15:59:30

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
While this High-key image is interesting, for me it needs to be toned down to gain some contrast/detail as Tom & Stephen suggest. The subject (could the be Idaho spuds??) the refection & placement is pleasing. For me, this is a nice capture.   Posted: 02/10/2021 17:40:01

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I like the variety provided by this High Key Still Life. (What could be more still than rocks?) You've taken one of the most basic, pedestrian subjects and magically turned it into an art piece. Good work. Reflections are nice. I wonder if it would look too "epherial" if the horizontal line were removed? as in 'Floating in mid-air?' Funny, but it appears to me to "want" a fly to land on one of the rocks as in VP Pence's head?   Posted: 02/12/2021 16:01:47
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Thank you, and you're right. Nothing more still than a rock! I brought this to my local critique night and was told the same thing about the horizontal line. I've removed it and need to agree that it looks much better now.   Posted: 02/14/2021 10:26:09
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Wes Odell   Wes Odell
As it turns out, the reflections nicely define the floor. I thought it might just be a floater, but this is great.   Posted: 02/14/2021 11:26:18
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I've seen the term "Stilled Life" used, have you?   Posted: 02/14/2021 13:37:55
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Actually yes - as in purified to the essence of one's nature...   Posted: 02/15/2021 17:47:57
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Good move, it looks a lot cleaner now, and the reflection makes a base.   Posted: 02/19/2021 10:55:03

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I also thought the dark horizon needed removing and I do think the ethereal effect is enhanced. I wondered whether the basic arrangement was the wrong way round -should the large rock be the one on the edge of frame and the smaller ones going towards the centre. Could you try rearranging in multiple different ways to see the effect. I like the reflection but again why cut them in half? Would they be better with the whole reflection? I do like the high key effect overall.   Posted: 02/24/2021 05:50:07


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