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Shrimp Bol by Paul Smith

July 2021 - Shrimp Bol

About the Image(s)

Recently, we had the opportunity to gather with our local “circle” to enjoy a meal. It had been a long time coming. I was in charge of the meal, so it had to be simple. I chose a Shrimp Boil…so good I decided to take a photo?
Canon 90D, 100MM Macro, f/10, 1/60s, Remote Godex flash, Topaz Filter.

13 comments posted

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Very evocative, Paul. The warm tones set a mood of pleasure and comfort. The very tight framing tells me this is an intimate story. The filter effect reminds me of Renoir and his group portrait scenes. There is a cohesion of effects that works very well. If I could quible for a moment, I'd suggest that a little cool color might give the eye some relief from all that heat. If I get a moment, I'll try fiddling with tinting the deep shadows with some blue or purple. If I like the effect, I'll post with info on the specific steps.   Posted: 07/08/2021 10:22:59
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
In the Lower Right Side, I have a purple nearly invisible. I struggled to make it visible! I look forward to seeing what you can do!   Posted: 07/08/2021 16:09:06
John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
Hi Paul,
Forgive my familiarity. I tried with Luminar AI but could not get to that potato to rise to the occasion.
Take Care.   Posted: 07/18/2021 06:59:53
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thanks for trying!   Posted: 07/18/2021 07:36:10
Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Well, sorry to say, it looks like there's just not enough data there for that poor potato to be recognizable as one. Tried taking it over into the LAB color space to edit it (not for the faint of heart) and had to impact the overall color scheme a bit, and even then with limited success.   Posted: 07/19/2021 17:51:09
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Paul Smith   Paul Smith
...a purple potato in a Black Hole! But thanks for trying!   Posted: 07/20/2021 09:44:30

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Paul, I really like this image. A great example of image making vs photography. I'd put this in the realm of 'still life' and I think that you did a great job of conveying the mood. Well done!   Posted: 07/09/2021 09:11:59
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Jerry!   Posted: 07/10/2021 07:37:10

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I like the composition of this photo with the close cropping and filling the frame with the contents of the bowl and the arrangement of the corn, shrimp and potatoes works, in my opinion, very well. The way you have intensified the warm colors, from the bright exposure on the corn to the dark section in the lower right is also a strong positive for me. It makes me just want to start eating! In addition I like the way you have used the filters to make it seem more like a painting than a photo.

I agree with Jerry that this could be considered more of a "still life" and while our group is listed as " . . . scapes" I have come to consider all of you great -photo friends- and I truly enjoy being able to view all of your work. You all inspire me to get out of my comfort zone and try different things.

Great job Paul.   Posted: 07/16/2021 14:52:04
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Thank you, Ed. I think we ALL gain insight and inspiration from viewing each other's work!   Posted: 07/18/2021 07:35:17

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Well done image of a flavorful meal. I agree with Ed that the final image looks more like a painting than a photo. I am curious which Topaz filter you used (I use them often).   Posted: 07/18/2021 12:26:36
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Edward Hopper   Posted: 07/20/2021 09:42:36

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Interesting photograph it does look like a painting. I am wondering if to take up the black hole caused by the potato if you might clone it out? Now I'm hungry so thank you for sharing.   Posted: 07/23/2021 09:29:52


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