An Earthly Meal

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A version of a still life I'm working on at the moment, in the vanitas style- probably not to everyones taste !
22/11/2010 - 19:06Gary Hickin
CategoryStill Life
Shutter Speed4 sec
Focal Length35mm


Link Posted 22/11/2010 - 19:29
Hi Gary, Might not be everyones style but i think its superb. I really admire your talent with the still life subject. Tony.
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Link Posted 22/11/2010 - 19:30
I prefer this to the previous one. (cnadle? )
Please, wassa 'Porringer'?
Best Regards, Larry.

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Link Posted 22/11/2010 - 20:23
Many thanks Tony and Larry. Cnadle?- don't know what you mean.......!Porringer- well, its a thingy innit, a pewter bowl usually with a couple of flat handles- maybe for eating/making porridge or something similar. Modern ones are widely available. The one in the pic is very old- I kept imagining all the people that had used it over a couple of centuries........... Cheers, Gary


Link Posted 22/11/2010 - 20:33
Well Gary you know i love this work its great, Beautiful picture
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Link Posted 22/11/2010 - 21:26
I prefer this one...but I don't know why???But I like this...


Link Posted 23/11/2010 - 00:28
Very good! I prefer the light on the candle in this one, and the next one seems a bit too red. The wisp of smoke is fantastic, how many times did you have to light the candle?
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Link Posted 23/11/2010 - 01:40
Thank you Shaun,Giulio and Tim. The wisp of smoke proved to be quite a challenge in order to get it in the same shot as the rest of the still life.I could have blended two shots together but I wanted to do it in one. You need lots of light/fast shutter to freeze the smoke, the rest of the image requires a longer shutter speed under low diffused side lighting. An off camera snooted (cardboard tube!) flash was used to freeze the smoke at the beginning of the exposure. I used a whole box of matches trying to get it right!!! Cheers, Gary
PS. The other shot is very close to the actual colours- this one is desaturated a little.
Last Edited by Gary Hickin on 23/11/2010 - 01:46


Link Posted 23/11/2010 - 06:24
There is better light than second pic, but I prefer the second colour tones

Last Edited by kff on 23/11/2010 - 06:24


Link Posted 23/11/2010 - 08:20
I like this better, as artistic as ever! Keep on amazing us, Gary! We love it!


Link Posted 23/11/2010 - 08:33
Gary, I love your work. It's so rich and special. Full of gorgeous tones and with consistently satisfying composition. This is no exception.

Still life is one of the most demanding branches and most images are dull, still and forgettable. Yours are none of these.
Best wishes,


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Link Posted 23/11/2010 - 19:06
I love the perfect lighting of your pictures. The wisp of smoke is wonderful, I like this composition.
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Gary Hickin

Link Posted 25/11/2010 - 19:11
Thanks again everyone for your kind feedback on this version, as always very much appreciated.
Cheers, Gary

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