Just thought I'd comment on the comments on my shot...
> --- From Paolo Gibellini:
> Texturing and additional sand grains are excellent. I have a minor problem
> with the over enthusiastic use of focal depth; I can't tell if it is rust or
> dirt in the grooves on the boule.
Yes, when I later had a look at that shot, for some moments I wondered why I did
that, too - but then I did recall that I had tried to get the reflected boules
more into focus.
As far as the rust/dirt is concerned: Does it really matter which of the two it
(Supposed to be sand though; the boules are stainless steel (or at least I think
so) - except for the yellowish one, which is brass, and does indeed feature some
oxidization in the grooves, though of course we can't see that here.)
> --- From Jim Charter:
> Looks like a test. Or does it? The sand is damned convincing, and so too the
> soft sheen of the metal. The image develops weight, gravity, and finally a
> conceptual density. All by keeping it simple and getting the details right.
Thanks. Well, I guess KISSing the overall composition in order to have enough
time to dive into details (sometimes never even seen in the end), yes, that's
me. I believe one of the keys to making an image really convincing is to push
the detail a good deal further than what will actually be visible in the scene.
And yes, in a way it *is* a test: It had actually been a WIP I did just for fun
when the IRTC testing round came up. In search for a scene that would not take
any serious work (testing round, right?) yet not look *too* crappy, I decided
to take the current state of this WIP, find a suitable camera perspective, and
just go with that :)
> --- From bil### [at] hotmailcom:
> If it weren't for the slight graininess, I'd think this was a photo! And I
> love the sand. :-)
Thanks! Though I guess that without the slight graininess, you'd be even *more*
sure this isn't a photo - you don't know what lack of detail the graininess
helps to hide :P
After all, what you see was never originally designed to be shown at such high
(Thanks to all who deemed this image worthy of being among the top 3; it comes
as a bit of surprise to me.)
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