Helen Sweet  

Spatula by Helen Sweet

October 2021 - Spatula

October 2021 - Helen Sweet


About the Image(s)

This was a table and plastic chair in the strong sun. The "Original" isn't really. I had moved the table to the left b/c it was barely touching the chair. Converted it to B&W and took it into NIK to add drama. Thought it might be too busy, so I cropped then flipped it, creating the Spatula. Shot with my Sony 6300a, f/7, 1/200, 18mm, ISO 200. WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

7 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Simple subject with a complex treatment of light, shadow, and forms. This image draws me in and takes time to analyze. I still haven't quite sorted it out, but I like it.
  Posted: 10/09/2021 13:03:59
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thanks, Jerry. Which do you prefer?   Posted: 10/09/2021 13:27:54

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hi Helen...been looking through a lot of your work since we last spoke and I enjoy your eye for finding and capturing engaging compositions within Light & Shadow. (See my DD-83 Bulletin Board post (from a couple of months ago), if you have not already.

The original composition is absolutely wonderful! It is not too busy... In my opinion, the Featured crop loses a great deal in...suggestive-narrative, and thus leaves me unmoved. Look forward to more of this great photography!   Posted: 10/14/2021 10:40:27
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
WoW! Thank you, Lance. Will look back thru my past work to see what you are seeing. Will also peruse yours. I submitted the Original to my club last week. The excellent judge, one of my faves, thought the white table was a distraction from the patterns and shadows of the rest of the piece. It's all so subjective.   Posted: 10/14/2021 10:57:36
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Ever since my B&W darkroom days, Lance, I've gravitated toward light & shadow. Just looked back at my previous work and will continue it that vein.
Read your Bulletin Board post and would like you to present a Zoom lesson for my Contra Costa Camera Club. If interested, please contact me through its website.   Posted: 10/15/2021 04:25:37

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Fascinating picture. I think you've flipped it as well as cropped and rotated it?
To answer your question, I think I prefer the second. I don't think it's worthwhile trying to figure out which way is up and what we are seeing, it's too abstract to make that meaningful. But the table doesn't seem to fit into the photo to me as it's flat and uninteresting. The cropped picture is harmonious and pleasing in my view.   Posted: 10/17/2021 15:05:19

John Roach   John Roach
Helen, the image doesn't quite work for me. I am sorry to say, it seems too contrived. Perhaps the I am influenced too much by knowing its source being the original. If you had posted it without the original and without the title, perhaps I would taken it for some abstract study and just taken it at image value. But given, I know its source, I am influenced to find it not particularly interesting even given your nice effort to show contrasting light and shadow, because the flow of the lines fails to grab me. Again, it seems I am forced to look for what it is based on the title.

The original monochrome image work for me, because it does provide a natural flow, natural relationship of shadows and light and, perhaps, because I am predisposed to like the relationship of the table and can assume it is chair illuminated with deep shadow and intense light. That tells, for me, a more powerful story with the strong lines. Nonetheless, it is an interesting study.   Posted: 10/17/2021 16:33:10


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