Dennis Zhang  

Still Life by Dennis Zhang

June 2020 - Still Life

About the Image(s)

Stay at home. It’s keeping me busy to learn how to take image of Still Life.

Canon 5D IV, EF 24-105mm

F/4.0 ½ S, 160ISO

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14 comments posted

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
(Group 38)
Out of simplicity comes art. In my opinion, imagination is the key that opens the world of art. To me the composition makes this image. Specifically, I think it's the use of the reflection to create balance. To my eye you have managed your depth of field to just allow a slight blurring of the necklace chain and, BOOM!, you turn a flat image into one with just the right depth, in my opinion. Your areas of interest stir the imagination and I have to ask myself what is the back story. I love the way each article leads me to the next. Really, really nice.   Posted: 06/11/2020 16:28:35
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Thanks for your comments!   Posted: 06/25/2020 16:16:05

Samuel Lane   Samuel Lane
The composition, flow, lighting, and color all come together to blend into a very good image. It makes me wonder if someone is sitting a desk in deep thought waiting to pen a letter. I am not sure how the leaf ties into the scenario but the concern in this image is the amount of dusk spots throughout the shot. Clean these up with the spot removal tool or whatever software you use to create a more impactful image....Very good   Posted: 06/15/2020 13:11:31
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Good points. It's not difficult to clean up the table. I will do it and thanks   Posted: 06/25/2020 16:20:04

Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
The lamp is a good base for the image, I would like to see the items a little closer together. Highly reflective surfaces can be really hard to clean well. The exposure is spot on, goo details.   Posted: 06/15/2020 15:31:20
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Thanks Ron   Posted: 06/25/2020 17:23:17

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Your composition of objects is just lovely and balanced, as your group colleagues have already mentioned. The export ware lamp is very beautiful, and the illumination from within is a great touch.
Samuel hinted that such an image can tell a story of the person not seen, which I call a "portrait of a person without the person." You can consider adding, in similar compositions, information about the unseen person, like a partly written (and legible) letter, and a pair of reading glasses. Perhaps the letter writer and their kin are half-way round the world from each other, one in China and one in the Eastern USA?   Posted: 06/17/2020 14:11:38
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Thanks to get my target of this image.   Posted: 06/25/2020 16:24:15

Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Wonderful work of art that leaves the observer open to imagine their own created back story.   Posted: 06/21/2020 17:04:00
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Thanks Marianne   Posted: 06/25/2020 17:24:01

Matt Moses   Matt Moses
I see others have called out my thoughts when looking at this. A well executed still life project overall. For me I'd like to see the objects connected together somehow instead of what appears as just three separate disconnected items. You've got a wonderful table reflection otherwise I'd say maybe more detail in the table would help tie them together.   Posted: 06/22/2020 13:02:30
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Thanks for your comments   Posted: 06/25/2020 17:24:20

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
Very nice still life! The lamp and its reflection offer a nice balance. The objects that you chose are interesting and do make the viewer ponder a story that would link them all.   Posted: 06/25/2020 12:01:53
Dennis Zhang   Dennis Zhang
Thanks for your comments   Posted: 06/25/2020 17:24:44