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Autumnal Still Life by Michael Moore

October 2021 - Autumnal Still Life

October 2021 - Michael Moore


About the Image(s)

I have been taking an online course in still life photography by Joel Grimes and am sharing my first effort. I used one softbox with flash for lighting and shot at ISO 200, F8, 1/200 sec.

The approach Joel teaches is to shoot your subject on either a white, black or 50% gray background. In PS you bring in your texture and then use blending modes to achieve your preferred look employing masking as desired. In PS I used “Overlay” as my blending mode to bring in my texture and did employ some masking of the texture but liked what it was adding to the overall image. I used a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to bring in a bit more orange/red for fall colors and a Levels adjustment layer masked with the Radial Gradient tool to create a vignette.

11 comments posted

Michael Moore   Michael Moore
I had rushed to post my original image and only noticed later that I had done a poor job of masking with my Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Here is a more pleasing version to my eye.   Posted: 10/08/2021 11:37:58
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Witta Priester   Witta Priester
This is a VERY pleasing composition, with an excellent choice of texture (hopefully one of your own photos) and tones. If it were my photo, I would work to tone down or partly clone away the bright highlight on th vase, since it pulls my eye so strongly.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:55:15
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Witta. I wondered about the highlight on the vase as well. The texture was one supplied by Joel in his course. I believe he created this one but gets many of his textures from flypapertextures.com. I have a big collection of textures that I have shot over the years and am inspired to capture/create more going forward.   Posted: 10/10/2021 09:21:31

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
I really love the subject matter and composition of this image. The color tones and texture compliment this very well.

I agree that the harsh light spot on the vase needs toning down. There is also a bit of "hardness" to this image that is bothering me a little. I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe the light is too bright? The angle is definitely good as there is nice fall-off of the shadow around the vase. Maybe the highlights overall just need a tad toning down, not sure. Maybe it's just me today, LOL! But I can definitely see you are applying the Joel Grimes teachings to this image! Nice job.   Posted: 10/12/2021 08:02:21
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Denise. Joel really has some nice approaches and it all seems very accessible. I'm looking forward to working with his techniques on future images.   Posted: 10/14/2021 09:17:11

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
This looks like a painting by an old master. Your composition is very good with the little bud leading into the vase of flowers. The color palette is very pleasing; but I find the yellows are a bit too bright for my taste. But then, it isn't my picture. I have a friend who always over saturates his colors. After some discussion about this I found that he doesn't see subtle colors. To him the bright colors were normal. My lesson was that each of us 'saee' very differently. Your treatment has turned an ordinary still life into something way better.   Posted: 10/12/2021 10:29:54
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Connie. The yellows are indeed getting boosted through my Hue/Saturation layer and I may have pulled out a little too much yellow. I did mask the flowers at probably 50% while the vase which is yellow was masked at 100%. I might need to just pull those flowers back a tad.
  Posted: 10/14/2021 09:20:23

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Michael, I love the tones in this image. Good Job. I have a visual image. I used camera raw and pulled out some of the shadows and tone down the hi light on the vase with a little yellow. Beautiful Image.   Posted: 10/12/2021 14:32:34
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Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks for taking the time to edit my image Linda. I really like what you have brought and I would not have thought of using yellow to tone down that hi light which everyone agrees needs to be addressed. I will try your approach plus another version where I clone the hi light out and see which I prefer.   Posted: 10/14/2021 09:23:59

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Michael, this is a fantastic image, in my opinion. I love the composition, with the fallen flower, as it tells a story. The colors and lighting are lovely. Joel Grimes is a terrific image maker. I'm glad you have an opportunity to take his classes.   Posted: 10/18/2021 15:04:31
Michael Moore   Michael Moore
Thanks Georgianne. I have really gotten a lot out of Joel's approach to still life photography and hope to share more efforts with the group as I continue to apply his techniques.   Posted: 10/19/2021 06:02:05


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