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Title • chiaroscuro (almost)

While this image looks as though it’s a reworked version of my previous entry it’s actually based on a separate image, though constructed on much the same basis.

All things considered, I prefer the previous image but I’ve included this one because its construction perplexed me somewhat. I would have assumed – given that this image was taken under similar conditions to the previous one (though the light source was blue rather than red) – that this image would have been broadly similar to it’s red counterpart. And in the final result they aren’t all that different, but this was a much harder image to create. I think, in part, that the problem was a perceptual one, i.e. the colour contrast of the previous image required very little manipulation to get the final result to look as it did. With this image it was much more difficult to get the overall ‘feel’ right (i.e. faithful to the original). Many of my initial attempts looked very ‘flat’, as though the tea-light holders were made of perspex rather than glass. I suspect that this may be something to do with working with the a predominantly blue image, but I really have no idea quite why this would be the case.

capture date
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
focal length
image quality
white balance
optical filter
Canon G5
5.27pm on 5/12/03
aperture priority
B+W UV 010
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