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Image Title:  Intimate
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 By: Steven vanHaaster  
  Copyright ©2006

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Photographer Steven vanHaaster  Steven vanHaaster {Karma:888}
Project #50 Alternate Perspective Camera Model Nikon F80 / N80
Categories Abstracts
Film Format Film 35mm
Portfolio Black and White
Product Shots
Lens Nikon  18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D AF
Uploaded 1/13/2006 Film / Memory Type Ilford  Delta Pro
    ISO / Film Speed
Views 980 Shutter 1/250
Favorites Aperture f/5.6
Critiques 11 Rating
/ 3 Ratings
Location City -  Vancouver
State -  BC
Country - Canada   Canada
About OK. I came up with the title because it occured to me that the knife looked like a woman lying on her back and the fork looked like a man propped up on his elbows looking down at her.
Please comment / critique as i am mew and learn alot from constructive criticism.
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There are 11 Comments in 1 Pages
ene sinziana   {K:112} 8/23/2006
well done ! so soft!


Kiarang Alaei Kiarang Alaei   {K:49415} 4/24/2006
The idea is very very nice and Hugo de wolf has recognized it very well.
but the light & contrast is realy poor and this kind of photography need a more sharpness & quality!


Fabiola Barrientos Fabiola Barrientos   {K:8169} 4/24/2006
Jamás me lo habría imaginado asi, pero ahora que lo dices, claro que es una visión asi. La mujer y el hombre acostados, hasta con las manos apoyandose la cabeza ella.Genial!!


Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 4/24/2006
very cool, very steel, very strong still life..
just observation of hugo..


AHMAD BORHAM AHMAD BORHAM   {K:1362} 4/12/2006
nice metaphor...
nice idea as i'm also fascinated with those objects,,please review mine and tell me what do u think...
i just wonder y most of the shots of forks r sexual!!!
any way...the shadows on edges r just great ...wonderful black lines and curves


lobhesh l lobhesh l   {K:678} 4/9/2006
Hi Steven
Awesome capture n gr8 metaphor.
How about getting some gloss on the surface of both knife and fork with some more lights? it might become more dramatic.


Steven vanHaaster Steven vanHaaster   {K:888} 4/9/2006
Hello Hugo
Thanx very much for your comment / critiques and personal opinion. As for the composition (cropped sides) i actually shot several different sizes and decided on tis one. I never thought about shooting it on an angle...that might have worked. I wish that i would have atleast included the rest of the point of the knife in the photo as it feels like i am cutting the head off of someone. As for the size and cropping of the image...i decided on this MCU over the wide as i felt that it told more of a story than the wide... this version seemed to give off the feeling of a couple together while the wide version just felt like an average product shot.
I added the Grainy/dusty look by adding contrast for a visually "different" look.
Thanks again for your comments i really enjoy hearing what others think and other views of my images.


Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 4/8/2006
Imageopolis Featured Photo Critique Hi Steven, Good High Key image, and a very good tonal range, and it's a very well balanced composition on its own.

Just thinking out loud: In high key images, I think it's essential to preserve a white space all around the image, as it boxes it in, and prevents a visible edge of the photo when presented against a white background. By capturing a section view, close up or part of a product, the cut edges always indicate the edge of the photo. reducing the functionality of the High key. But then again, how often is a photo placed against a white background? The background of Usefilm isn't white, that's for sure.

Still I think cutting off the any part of a high key image makes the edge of the photo more apparent. And as this is also a horizontally orientated image, it creates an rather large emptiness on top and below the image compared to the non-existent margin on the left and right, which also leads to a slight unbalance in the composition, I believe, but that's a subjective observation.

I do like the metaphore with man and woman you describe, though. It fits well. I think if you'd captured the knife and fork at an angle, with the pointy bits of the fork closer by than the stem, the perspective would've added to the composition without compromising the metaphore, and it would've also solved the edge-issue.

Looking at the panoramic format, I think the material is well captured using a combination of highlighs without blowing them out, and some specular yet non-descript reflections. But there's also some dust (I think, it doesn't look like noise) visible in the mid tones; maybe polishing the cutlery prior to shooting them could solve that, maybe it's something that occured during scanning.

I like it when a photo invites me to ramble on, and it's a good shot, and an even better idea. Good work!




Ron Wilson Ron Wilson   {K:18362} 1/19/2006
Very nice piece of art. Well done.


Paolo Corradini Paolo Corradini   {K:59552} 1/14/2006
nice idea and a perfect crop!



Enas Moussa   {K:7470} 1/13/2006
wooow.. what a romantic vision!!
u added a new meaning to an ordinary shot, well done Steve.




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