Catherine Honigsberg  

Shell Reflection by Catherine Honigsberg

January 2020 - Shell Reflection

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I have attached my photo where I was practicing some indoor lighting and somewhat abstract subject with reflection.

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4 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
I like this very much. The curve of the shell brings to mind the mollusk that once inhabited it.
I like what you are going after, but I'm not sure you have found yet what you were aiming for. I would like to see you keep following this train of thought until you do find it.
It might help you to look at Georgia O'Keefe paintings of flowers and shelves for inspiration.
It might also work better to put the shell on a less perfectly reflective surface, such as the smooth black top of a piano lid, something that reflects somewhat but not perfectly. I know satiny black grand pianos are not that easy to find, so maybe a black lacquer serving tray, or a dull silver tray that has not been polished in a while. Experiment. You are on to something-I see the beauty of the idea. It's worth chasing it down.   Posted: 01/11/2020 14:02:55

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
In a still life you are in total control of the subject, background and the lighting. You don't say what f stop or shutter speed you used but overall the image is a soft, the lighting is flat and, TBH, the mirror reflection doesn't really add anything. Alison's suggestions are good - Georgia O'Keeffe produced did some amazing art with shells. I would be tempted to go for much more contrasty directional lighting and see how that works out.   Posted: 01/12/2020 04:07:02

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Catherine isn't it fun to experiment and try new things! You have a wonderful selection here! Another experiment would be to crop in about a third of the way on the right and a little on the left to form a vertical image with a different artistic effect. Keep experimenting!

Alison and Andrew have some wonderful ideas to expand your creative efforts.   Posted: 01/14/2020 16:04:19

Its good to try something different and I love the textures and the gorgeous pink in this image. I also find your diagonal composition pleasing. I think you could have a lot of fun with some filters and I had a quick play in Topaz - it was amazing how many interesting looks you can get with this image. For my eye the image could be improved by more contrast to add some depth . I think reflective surfaces can be very unforgiving if they are not perfectly clean and find the dusty marks a bit distracting.   Posted: 01/23/2020 03:41:16