Fred Giese  


October 2021 - TOO MUCH TOO FAST

October 2021 - Fred Giese


About the Image(s)

Story: I recently purchased a skeleton for Halloween. After getting it home, my mind started reeling with all the fun possibilities for photographing this thing in the future. I then went to the store and by the time I got back, my wife had put a dress on it and it was waving to people from our porch. Seeing it that way made me think of all the crazy Lose weight fast diets that are out there and thus the image. Plus, it’s in time for Halloween.

How I did it: This is really a straight shot except for using the “text tool” to put in the titles of the books. It was shot in low light only using the candles and a small amount of ambient light coming from behind the camera. Canon 70D on a tripod 27mm focal length at f/11 ISO 100 for 30 seconds. I tried both Horizontal and Vertical but horizontal won out, showing more of the story of the titles on the books. I have included a snapshot of the setup in normal light.

3 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Very nice.. creative with good compositing.
At first I thought the hand was reaching for the skull, so I gyess I'd move it to the top shelf.
While I like the image overall, the bright reflection on the bookcase needs to be darkened to eliminate the distraction.
It #ounc like your wife is very creative too.   Posted: 10/05/2021 18:12:59

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
Yes, the skull needs to be moved to the top shelf....Also, I would have like to have seen the left arm in the photo as well.. Could you have moved the right arm down a bit so that it doesn't merge with the jaw of the skeleton.....good work on the lighting...have fun with him or her...   Posted: 10/06/2021 11:20:04

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
(Group 79)
Hi Fred, I love the concept. How much weight can you lose? The image might be remade with lighting to emphasize the books and perhaps the small skull. The bottom shelf could be bare and decorative pieces that don't correspond to the theme, eliminated. Light the skeleton but not the right side. The small bright spot at lower right is distracting. Simplify to the theme. Another possibility might be the skeleton reaching to the books but head turned to make 'eye' contact with the viewer. Great idea! Keep at it. Karl Leck, Group 79   Posted: 10/11/2021 15:11:21


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