Unboring it?

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by RobWatson, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    What a remarkably boring photo. Trying to figure out how to make this subject interesting ...

    Calligraphy - Minus
     
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  2. Zariell

    Zariell Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    They aren't bad, I mean how exciting can writing on paper be? You could set it on fire and hope to get the shot before your studio catches fire :p or perhaps a nubile young woman wearing them as her unmentionables :rofl:

    My old photography teacher always told me to follow the rule of k.i.s.s, keep it simple stupid :biggrin: I've found that to be the best of advice even all these years later!!
     
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  3. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Actually written on stone ...

    nubiles ... hmmmm.
     
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  4. lubov

    lubov Mu-43 Veteran

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    I think they pretty interesting. Maybe you could show the tecture and colour contrast a bit more to give them a bit more drama..
     
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  5. giCe

    giCe Mu-43 Rookie

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    I would convert it to black and white and increase the contrast of the strength in the Calligraphy stroke. Interesting shot though!
     
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  6. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    "They aren't bad, I mean how exciting can writing on paper be?"

    Create atmosphere - try a bit of shadowing, focus/bokeh, angle, light direction and light color ....

    <img src=https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8342/8221768695_6e869061e9_c.jpg>
     
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  7. Zariell

    Zariell Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    My vote is still fire or nubile young lasses :p
     
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  8. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    A little more context might help ...

    The photos are to be used to encourage folks to purchase similar works - the calligraphy - not the photos!
     
  9. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    Still, create context and atmosphere - a bullet warm light source and shadow to create mystery, work with the angle and distance you shoot the subjects at. Sometimes a light source in the shot suggesting a low sun ...

    <img src=https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5013/5474161068_a4fc5c7c3c_z.jpg>
     
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  10. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    OK, a few Geisha girls with coy demeanor .... :wink:
     
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  11. Uncle Frank

    Uncle Frank Photo Enthusiast

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    When I shoot works of art, I try to be literal and not interject my personal biases. I just concentrate on providing good lighting.
     
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  12. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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  13. Zariell

    Zariell Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Very nice :p we will just imagine the nubile geisha's :p
     
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  14. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

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    Tamas
    you need a bamboo forest for the bacround
     
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  15. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'll go with these ...

    <a href="http://minus.com/lcDP7S94UZNCc">
    <div align=center>
    [​IMG]"800" height="600"
    </div></a>

    <a href="http://minus.com/lJP139dGQ16II">
    <div align=center>
    [​IMG]"600" height="800"
    </div></a>

    Got a kind of "lunar" feel to them.
     
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  16. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia Mu-43 Veteran

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    The writing is Chinese anyway, not Japanese... ;)

    Other posters had good ideas. The ones lit to emphasize the textures are the best. Someone posted an example of writing shot at an angle- that was good too. From different angles you could also show how thick the rocks are, I like that these are rock and not paper.

    Something to connote scale might also be good, especially since these are sales photos.

    You could also place the items in the sort of setting they would be displayed.
     
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  17. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Japanese/Chinese ... I believe wars have been started over less! In some cases there is simply no way to know - the Japanese often use Chinese exactly the same but sometimes with completely different meanings.



    Can you translate? I can't read and forgot what the characters mean ...


    Scale and context ... good ideas but I have to think about that.
     
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  18. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dont get me wrong, I like the geisha idea. ;)

    You are right, a lot of characters are the same. The single character is 'love', and I think is the same in Chinese and Japanese. Stylistically it just looked more like Chinese calligraphy to me, but I honestly don't know.
     
  19. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

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    If they are for sale, I would give them a context that makes sense. Are they a mantlepiece decoration? Niche in a bookcase? Kind of look at it like staging a house. With a black background, there is no way to imagine it in their own house.
     
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  20. RobWatson

    RobWatson Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Funny I thought this was "Ai" 合