One step forward, two steps back

I got all excited the other day, when my chiaroscuro image worked…. So when the sun was shining nicely this morning, I thought I would have another go. Ha! I didn’t have my brain in gear….here are some errors I made.

Firstly, failing to isolate the subject. For some reason, I didn’t check my aperture, and f16 left me with way too much in focus!!



Next – failing to truly appreciate the direction of the light….for the effect I am looking for, I want part of the subject’s face lit. I wasn’t searching the frame as I took this image. Here, a only a portion of hair and the back of the statue are lit…not exactly a good composition. added to which there is a lot of discolouration of the stone in the area of the face, most distracting.

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Where’s the light?

Finally, this one is a bit better, but it’s not up to yesterday’s post because I didn’t get the camera angle right to get sufficient shadow on the face.  So, it will be back to the drawing board, and practice, practice. at least I have learnt something from all this!

Chiaroscuro piper

Chiaroscuro piper

My wander wasn’t all in vain though, as I found some nice Nature Morte! Coming in a post soon….




  1. I rather like the last two…

    • Thank you – but plenty of room for improvement! Alas, the weather is not good for the next week, so I’ll have to be patient!

  2. I like the way you explain what went wrong for you Sue. I will save more comments for the one you decide you like!
    best wishes, Pete.

  3. Ah, I think I have learnt a lot more!! You inspire me to pay more attention to my shots.

  4. I really like the last one, Sue. You’re such a perfectionist. 🙂 looking forward to seeing what else you found there. 🙂

  5. At least you know the mistakes you made . . . . I say creeping away slowly at the thought of all mine!

    • But we have to make mistakes to learn, to improve…there is no quick and easy way if we want to improve. It’s my choice to want to get better at my craft…….

  6. You are very hard on yourself, Sue! I represent the point and shoot brigade 🙂
    Fascinating to see the ‘almosts’ though.

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