Moody Monday?

Having a play with some more Still Life set-ups. I personally think the second one works best, because the depth of field is more limited, and the general ambience works better:

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As ever, please let me know what you think!



  1. They both are good, beautifully done!

  2. I don’t know why, but I like the first a little bit better, Sue, but they are both perfect photos. regards Mitza

  3. the second image…softer and thus suggestive of reflective contemplation

  4. I like the first better, as I find the object in the foreground a little dominating, having said that both are good, just my opinion though πŸ˜„

  5. I’m with you Sue, I think the second photo just has the edge. A really lovely set up.

  6. I like them both, but the second one has the edge, better DOF.

  7. Of course they’re both good but the second takes it to another level.

  8. Both good, for different reasons. I am still enjoying these Sue….
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. Yes, I like the second one best… the voltmeter and the Motor Mart bill give so much interest. There’s not much wrong with the first one though πŸ™‚

  10. The second one is more artistic – and better design (shapes, line, interesting objects), but the top one – the dead/dried flowers, the case tossed the way it landed and all the jumble on the truck has a sort of emotion – a story. Unhappiness tossed it all there? Despair? Anxiety?
    Both well done

    • Sue

      Thanks for your philosophising, Phil! I think the second is a tighter composition, certainly. I like your thinking that it’s a truck….everything was laid out on an old trunk! And there was no anxiety etc…more a looking back to the past…

      • Oh, that was a typo, sorry – obviously a trunk. (was it being packed? Unpacked? or discovered years later….certainly many stories in that image – could make a book cover)
        The first one is a narrative, the second a staged masterpiece.

      • Sue

        Thanks, Phil…a staged masterpiece, eh? Love it! The trunk had been used to store things, and I had never seen it before….. Must have been there for well over quarter of a century…

  11. I prefer the first one! why? good question… maybe because of the depth of field: my eyes are better travelling on the first one; one the second one: my eyes are a little bit stopped by the front field… maybe because of the blue of the stamp… maybe because I prefer the objects in ivory than the voltmeter… Yes (I do the exercice very seriously! believe me :-)) I do prefer the composition of the first one πŸ™‚ but I like both, like this atmosphere!

  12. These are both good, but I do love the second. I like that it has a bit more mystery because the depth of field is more limited. I want to create stories about the shot more.

  13. They are gorgeous Sue, Love them, I wish I was better at that sort of thing.

  14. Great still life Sue.. I love how that silver purse is open and the perspective in the second one is more inviting for some reason. Fantastic work πŸ™‚

  15. Both brilliant! Well- you did ask πŸ™‚ And I really just look at your very interestng subjects. You know this! But if I were asked to choose a technically better I would go with the wise owls and say 2. Have a happy week, Sue!

  16. Number 2 for me Sue, I like the slightly softer approach of the first but the composition is busier and more distracting because of the bank of flowers in the background. There, that’s my twopenn’orth !!

  17. Hello at long last Sue! And what a pleasure to visit you again and your amazing photography. I immediately jumped all over the second photo, thinking, yes, like the first one very much, but LOVE the second and here’s why: for me, the voltmeter positioned in the bottom left immediately draws my eye to the clarity of the antique paperwok, and then focuses on the overall effect, as the sharper image at the front seeps gradually back into a softer blur at the back. The way you have the glasses case and the fewer, dried flowers in the background really does it for me. A really beautiful photo πŸ™‚

  18. Both so good Sue and though similar in content they are quite different in composition. The second one is busy and I love the DOF to put the focus on the bill, but I go a bit against the general opinion as I like the simplicity of the first one. My eyes travel up to the silver container across the dried flowers then back down drawn to those small elephants and the single shoe. To me it is a very pleasing photo to study.

  19. When I saw the first one, told myself, it needs a pink colour πŸ™‚ and yes I can see this in the second one. I loved the second one much more, I can’t explain why but the colours hit in there. Thank you dear Sue, love, nia

  20. But I should add this too, in the second one, I also wanted to see blue stamps (as in the first one) and also the little shoe too… These are amazing details giving life to the photograph. Of course for me, for this crazy me πŸ™‚ Thanks again, love, nia

  21. At first I liked the first one better but on further viewing I go with the second. The depth of field is so suited to the subject … but I do find the object i the foreground a little too dominating and distracting.

  22. Both wonderful but yes to the second!!

  23. Sonel

    I totally agree with you there Sue. The DOF does make a huge difference. Excellent shot and as usual I just love your antiques. πŸ˜€

  24. Yes they are both wonderul! Both really have a speical look and feel.

  25. Nice still-life. I should do more of these kind of shots too, but I’ll wait for the winter. Typical dark night winter activity.

  26. Well done Sue! πŸ˜€ I find still life really hard and demanding, i rarely try such type of shots! I really like the second one, i think it has a better flow in the placement of the objects and i like how the background is more blurry, it creates a greater sense of depth!

  27. No.2 for me too I prefer the DOF and the darker and less distracting background.

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