Richard Siersma  


Dem Bones by Richard Siersma

July 2021 - Dem Bones

About the Image(s)

A few days ago I found these remains in my backyard; I put them on a black background and photographed them using a macro lens.


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Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Dem bones look quite fresh. Made me start thinking what their back story was. What this animal was and how it died. And who feasted on the remains? Visually the right hand side looks more decayed (but maybe only because there is more cartilage remaining) so there is a progression that suggests the passage of time. Ashes to ashes. You said you arranged them and decided to have a kink on the golden ratio and give us a lot of negative space in the lower half. I wondered how that amplified the story. Thanks for the brain teaser!!   Posted: 07/05/2021 00:05:31



Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
Another image where Mark is referring to comments I'm not seeing - am I being a dumb newbie and missing something?

A great subject for a still life. I can't see your settings but I feel you aren't getting quite enough depth of field out of your macro lens. Maybe a case for focus stacking? It is just a shame that the left side is little off sharp. I would also have cleaned out the random hair that squiggles across the top of the frame. Possibly the bones are a keeper for another composition arranged with some other objects.

  Posted: 07/05/2021 10:33:35
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Hi Candia, I was referring to Richard's comments in his statement about the image.   Posted: 07/05/2021 15:06:49
Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
I gathered but I'm not seeing that - all I see is a single sentence: "A few days ago I found these remains in my backyard; I put them on a black background and photographed them using a macro lens." It was the same with one of the other photos where I didn't see the photographer's whole comment.   Posted: 07/06/2021 07:32:11
Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Yes that was it, I didn't see anything further   Posted: 07/06/2021 15:01:30



Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Sorry Richard I cannot fathom what this is, at a first quick glance I thought it was snow gathered on twigs then I noticed that the "snow" was all the same shape. I think further explanation in your description is necessary. It is hard for me to comment when I don't know what I am looking at. Perhaps in art one doesn't need to know what "it" is, somewhat like abstract, but for me this doesn't work.   Posted: 07/06/2021 08:03:16



Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
I can't be sure but I believe these are the remains of a snake; I was unable to find the head but I have saved what I could. I have no idea how these remains found their way into my backyard nor how long they were there before I found them. So, yes Mark, this is a brain teaser. I have a new lens that will give me 5:1 magnification so I am going to try some focus-stacking studies.   Posted: 07/10/2021 15:12:19



David Price   David Price
Like Barbara this image does nothing for me.   Posted: 07/13/2021 18:02:43