Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP  

Country Man by Barbara E Miller, HonPSA, FPSA, MPSA, EFIAP

September 2021 - Country Man

About the Image(s)

Nothing out of the ordinary here, a table top setup with a black BG, used High Pass and added a small stroke border

10 comments posted

David Price   David Price
I like the composition and elements within the image but for me the picture is spoilt because the red is oversaturated. Otherwise a very good still life.   Posted: 09/02/2021 17:42:34
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
(Groups 66 & 86)
Very nice, Barbara, but I also sensed something amiss with the color...not sure if it's over-saturation of the red, but I was thinking it was a color cast, too warm.   Posted: 09/03/2021 17:39:00

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Barbara, Hope your move went well. this is a very nice table top. Just the right number of elements. Black background adds to the picture.   Posted: 09/04/2021 14:32:15

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Barbara, I agree with David and Jack, your image does seem a little saturated; however, it tells a story. Nicely done.   Posted: 09/05/2021 15:55:57

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Like Richard, I agree with David and Jack... including the fact that your photograph tells an intriguing story. To me, the hat, cane, and gloves are the key elements of your image. So, with that in mind, I played with the saturation and lighting a bit. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 09/06/2021 17:15:37
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Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Thanks Pete. I see why everyone is referring to the saturation. I believe this is something I do too often perhaps I am overly fond of bright colours.   Posted: 09/07/2021 07:38:16

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
(Groups 3 & 62)
Hello Barbara,

Lovely still life. I like the subjects and the simple design. I am not necessarily bothered by the bright colors; I, too, like bright, vibrant colors. All the elements seem to go together well.

Regarding the saturation, may I suggest toning down the areas that seem too vibrant, like the corner in the upper left and the orange fringe in the front of the frame. Other than that, the only thing that seems unreal to me is the tabletop being black. The blanket appears to be levitating. If I could tell there was a tabletop under the blanket, it would feel more realistic. I hope this helps.

LuAnn   Posted: 09/07/2021 11:43:17

Candia Peterson   Candia Peterson
Hi Barbara

I like this still life. The saturated reds don't bother me particularly but then I appreciate the more subtle tones produced by David's edit. The bit that doesn't work for me completely is the upturned corner to top left of the blanket. I think I would have preferred to have seen it flat or, perhaps better, artfully crumpled across the surface.   Posted: 09/08/2021 10:04:44

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
I love the composition and anyway, always admire those that can pull off a still life image. Given this is a vintage subject I thought something more traditional might work. Mainly trying to reduce the light on the foreground and background and simulating a shaft of light coming through. Hard to do in post though. I added some blue in my shadows and yellow for the light shaft. Sorry this wrecks your reds!!!   Posted: 09/10/2021 18:01:38
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Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Very nice image, The saturation doesn't bother me, as it gives a POP to the image. Are you settled in your new home?   Posted: 09/11/2021 12:21:10


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