Gerard Blair  

Flying by a Star by Gerard Blair

July 2021 - Flying by a Star

July 2021 - Gerard Blair


July 2021 - Gerard Blair

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About the Image(s)

My course/learning on "still life" continues with an emphasis on adding textures/backgrounds and the encouragement to experiment. My subject is (I believe) something you might screw into the dashboard of your WWII airplane so that you can navigate by the stars. The image is constructed by blending two together (side-by-side) and then masking them to allow the overlay of a background which is derived from the charcoal on the underside of a burnt log.

My narrative is intended to be on two levels: one, a display of an unusual artifact; two, robots conversing in front of an intense heat.

f/18.0 2.5 ISO 100
Canon EOS 6D Mark II TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO1:1

8 comments posted

Barbara Asacker   Barbara Asacker
Hi Gerard,
You managed to create a story with these two interesting subjects. They do look like robots. The texture, letters, and numbers on these implements are tack sharp. Well exposed. The tone and texture of the background complement the subjects. Good contrasting tones. Well done and very creative.
  Posted: 07/06/2021 19:42:58

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
When I first looked at these two things. I thought they were robots. Sitting talking to each other. I think you did really good with the background.   Posted: 07/06/2021 20:39:45

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Gerard, this is a great bit of creativity and technical expertise. The main subjects are well captured in a pose that does indeed suggest a 'conversation' and the amount of detail in them is excellent. But I don't think I see the story as you see it mainly because intense heat is not suggested to me by the charcoal log even though it must have been hot sometime. So if you also factor in your title 'Flying by a star' - how does that fit in? I think you have something here that you could rework to make the narrative more obviously related to that title if you still want to use it and so I would suggest a different background and the night sky might do it. The other thing is that line that goes across the bottom and surface the 'robots' are standing on - it might be better to ditch that in processing so that the 'robots' kind of float in space. Although I have been pretty picky with this,I really think you have something good here which has given me much food for thought.   Posted: 07/07/2021 03:29:13

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Another cropping idea.   Posted: 07/07/2021 10:32:00
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Randy Andre   Randy Andre
The second I opened this photo I thought robots confronting each other (retired tech-ed middle school teacher nightmare). I think the positioning of the navigation instruments in such a manner was an excellent creative idea. I think the background is somewhat distracting as is. Perhaps just a solid color but my imagination says something movie related like an old movie poster with something science fiction related.   Posted: 07/07/2021 11:33:30

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Gerard, another fine example of your skills. Very creative. They do look like they are talking to one another. Contrary to what Peter said, I do get "heat" from the background...but admittedly perhaps only after having read your summary. Depicting heat with monochrome is a little challenging. It would be interesting to play with this image, using the same background but giving it the slightest red or orange glow.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:51:56

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Thank you all for the suggestions; putting much of this together ...   Posted: 07/10/2021 13:59:22
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Leanne Moore
Hi Gerard,
Such a well executed composite. Tack shape where it needs to be and your blending is seamless. I too thought they were two robots at first glance and they do look like they are having a conversation. I like the background but maybe just slide the opacity down just slightly so it isn't so dominant in the image, just a suggestion. Well done!   Posted: 07/21/2021 21:38:13


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