Mary Ann Carrasco  

Memories of a Time by Mary Ann Carrasco

November 2021 - Memories of a Time

November 2021 - Mary Ann Carrasco


November 2021 - Mary Ann Carrasco

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My friend that moved to Montana and I decided we would continue to photograph we set up a time to facetime while we both did some staged photography in our homes. It was so much fun and interesting. I haven't done much of this type of photography so it was a challenge.

My photograph this month was a composite of two photographs I did that day. I used an antique marble table and a black table cloth as backdrops. I took one photo of an old vase with dried flowers and another of my great-grandmother's watch. When I went to edit them, I thought they were boring so I decided to try to merge them. I am interested in your comments and suggestions.

I used the Nikon D500 with the 105 macro lens. The two photos I merged were edited a bit prior to the blending.

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9 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Mary Ann, this is a very creative photo. An excellent example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I think you were successful in capturing the mood that your title suggests. Nicely done.   Posted: 11/02/2021 20:12:02
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Thank you, Michael.   Posted: 11/13/2021 17:43:53

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Mary Ann, I am sure that you had a lot of fun to remotely set up the shots with your friend in Montana. It seems like a real time virtual photography course.
In my personal opinion, the two original images are beautiful and they work well together. I'd prefer to turn the numbers of the watch 45 degrees clockwise and to move the vase to the side a bit more to make the scene more appealing. Nice creative idea! I'd want to see more of your creativity.   Posted: 11/11/2021 14:20:17
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
I agree that your suggestions will add to this image. Thank you!   Posted: 11/13/2021 17:44:58

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Mary Ann,

Compositing is a technique I have always wanted to try. Julianne Kost (Adobe Lightroom Evangelist) has excellent videos on YouTube about doing this type of photography. You have inspired me to consider trying something this winter.

I agree with Kieu-Hanh the vase needs to be more off-center; things placed in the center of the frame tend to be static and less photographically interesting. This placement also prevents the eye from moving through the frame. Try aligning the elements on the impact points of the rule of thirds for a guide.

Would you consider a horizontal image? I find the watch case cover distracting; the cover doesn't add anything to the composition and only hinders the line of sight to see the numbers.

Have you tried to make the timepiece more out of focus and the vase in sharper focus in the front? You might try taking an upright photo of the watch so you could get the whole face in focus then using the transform tool in PS to manipulate it into placement in the image.

I hope this was helpful. I look forward to seeing you pursue this project to a final image!

LT   Posted: 11/13/2021 11:44:20
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Thank you, LuAnn. My friend and I are doing another facetime photo session this week and I am going to try some of the ideas.   Posted: 11/13/2021 17:46:18
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
You are very lucky to have a friend you can work on projects with like this. Don't give up on your idea; I know you can do it!

LT   Posted: 11/13/2021 20:00:51

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Mary Ann, I think you have a clever idea of conveying the passage of time with a composite including a pocket watch. The concept has a lot of possibilities. I'd encourage you to play around with originals taken at different angles. The other variable is the opacity of the overlaying image. In my opinion, you could adjust the opacity to make the composite more subtle or apply the composite layer in just certain areas. Have fun with your exploring!   Posted: 11/16/2021 13:57:32

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Mary Ann, great try at compositing, it's not an easy skill to learn. I agree with the others that the watch face is distracting in the composite image, maybe you could delete that somehow. And the line of the fabric in the area of the vase and watch is distracting also. Maybe place the watch higher than that line? Ruth's idea of playing around with different angles will help. Maybe try to superimpose the watch onto the shape of the vase? but don't ask me how!   Posted: 11/21/2021 16:19:42