Bruce Michelotti  


Film Tank by Bruce Michelotti

January 2022 - Film Tank

About the Image(s)

Just playing around on one of those cold winter days. I set this still life up against a white background and played with my lighting to eliminate most of the harsh shadows. My lighting, by the way, is just a bunch of those round work lights that Home Depot sells for around $10 fitted with daylight bulbs. I wanted a Higher Key type of photos hence all the white and light. This was shot at 1/10 sec at F/8 using ISO 100. Canon 7D MII at 44mm.


17 comments posted




Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
This is a really great storytelling image. Younger photographers probably have never seen a camera like this or the film. I have one just like this one. Very sharp, great detail and love the color contrast. I would have each roll of film separated and not blending into each other. I made the background a little bigger to give the image more room.   Posted: 01/04/2022 10:43:11
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Linda.   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:11:11



Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I agree with Linda that this composition has a story. I too would separate the film rolls. How objects are arranged is extremely important for photos like this one. So is the background. I really think this photo needs a black background.
The white background is a distraction, I think. I think the camera will be a star attraction with a dark background. Maybe put one of the film rolls on its side? I don't know how to use layers, so I just painted in the dark background.   Posted: 01/04/2022 12:37:19
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Mark. Still life arrangement is not my strong suit. I played with those film rolls a lot, they just never seemed to look right. As for the black background, I like it. But I also like the white too. As for the fact that one roll is in front of the other--I'll try opening them up next time.   Posted: 01/07/2022 09:15:30
Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I think just one on its side would be good   Posted: 01/07/2022 13:46:49



Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
This is a pleasant image showing an old camera, film and the tank, Needing no further explanation because it is obvious what they are. I might have placed one of the rolls of film on its side just to give it some separation. I like the white background and the colors render true. Good job.   Posted: 01/10/2022 14:32:49
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Lane. It was hard taking pictures in the "old days".   Posted: 01/17/2022 10:37:07



Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Very pretty and nostalgic. You seem to being doing well on this still life. Nice job. Not sure what I would do with the film, I can see why you had to fiddle with it. I agree with Mark that the white background attracts too much, but black blends into the Camera too much, me thinks. It is a color photo, why not take out the color wheel and find some complimentary color. I like this Image   Posted: 01/14/2022 13:12:56
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Harley. Here is a different background and a roll on its side. I like the color (adobe color theme suggestion), but since I am not an expert at Photoshop the props looks placed on the background rather than shot on the background. I need to learn how to create shadows to give the illusion of that dimension. Anyway, is the color any better than the stark white?   Posted: 01/17/2022 10:40:22
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Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Hi Bruce. I forget how to make shadows but recall it is not that difficult with photoshop. Youtube will have it. The color does still seem a little bright to me, but it is individual taste. I think this is a tad darker. Using a gradient seems good, but it still needs shadows.
  Posted: 01/17/2022 11:21:38
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I found the shadow directions using and manipulating layer style after isolating the objects. In photoshop CC it seems there is a 3D function ut I am in the process of setting up a new computer after 11 years with this one, that meets criteria for this function. To make the shadow better you can also use transform functions on the shadows.   Posted: 01/17/2022 12:21:40
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Changed the name   Posted: 01/17/2022 12:31:13
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Very cool Harley. I will have to check out YouTube for some instructions. Those shadows really look like the real thing.
Was this done with a layer style? Thanks for the comment.   Posted: 01/17/2022 12:41:58
Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
I did it with New layer with objects only and drop shadow and inner shadow. I did not get to transform which makes it more realistic, but hope to use the 3D function in the future.   Posted: 01/17/2022 12:45:32



Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Nice work, Bruce. I've started paying attention to still life photography and want to start working with some folks in my local clubs to explore the subject. I really like what you've done with this. The emotion it evokes is pure nostalgia and joy. The ever-familiar Kodak yellow against the wood on the tank really works for me. I agree somewhat with the previous discussion that the background is almost too high key. If there was a way to separate the table surface from the background, the sense of dimension that would be added might help the viewers' eyes move through the image. I really enjoyed this work.   Posted: 01/15/2022 06:25:17
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Andrew. I like still life images too, but have a hard time setting them up for a pleasing shot for some reason. I hope to do more in the coming year.   Posted: 01/17/2022 10:43:07
Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
Agreed. There's a lot to them, but they're so rewarding. I've been talking to a friend in a local group, and he's going to help me work on them. I'd eventually like to have a setup at home. Stay tuned…   Posted: 01/19/2022 07:19:24



 

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