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© Robert Ulrich
 
 
 
Mr. Turner 

member since: 2/4/2001
    Great image quality - the 'egg'sposure seems to be spot on!

3/4/2001 11:10:01 AM

 
leonard maddalena

member since: 2/25/2001
 

The eggs are spread to far apart and no need for the egg beater it makes your eye go to the beater and takes away from the eggs.

3/11/2001 4:37:03 AM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/27/2001
 

The presence of the beater works for me. It provides a balance to the horizontal rows of eggs and its rounded end is harmonious with the rounded egg shell. My eye is drawn more to the broken egg with yolk in the lower left before it's drawn to the beater.

I especially like the extremely low key, black background. I think anything else would have taken away from the simplicity of the composition. The "soft" lighting is also excellent and gives the eggs a 3-dimensional quality. This is very hard to achieve with an object like an egg that has such a uniform white color and no sharp corners or angles.

This image might be one of those few that can work just as well either vertical or horizontal, allowing it to be framed and hung in a space that works better for one or the other. Don't know for sure . . . I'd have to see it cropped to a horizontal.

-- John

3/16/2001 1:40:10 PM

 
Robert Ulrich

member since: 2/11/2001
 

Hello,

Thank you Mr. Turner, Leonard and John for your comments and critique.
At the begin of my work taking this picture, I thought like Leonard and at that time I had to agree with the spacing issue.

Still I decided to keep the eggs more apart to keep each individual egg livelier.

The whisk, or egg beater as you name it, was necessary to fulfill the story I wanted to express in that picture; without it, it would had not have the magical effect.

Also, it added another challenge with figuring out how to best light the shot with the camera flash and fill cards that I had available.

The soft light John, was daylight that came through my window on the right side. I was glad to have this daylight available and I learned that this is one of the most creative tools in photography you ever can have.

Ps. Leonard, I do not agree with you that the viewer’s eye automatically focuses on the whisk, I made sure not to let that happened. That's why I had added a fill flash to the egg yolk, to dominate the yellow color in the front of the picture and to develop a diagonal line through the picture ending at the whisk with a soft yellow point. Just like a fading effect.

Have Fun
Robert

3/17/2001 9:34:02 AM

 
Billy B. Wells

member since: 3/13/2001
 

Seem like a lot of time went into setting this work of art up. Did you do some work in an editing tool?
Very good Robert!

bbw

3/18/2001 11:21:06 PM

 
Robert Ulrich

member since: 2/11/2001
 

Hi Billy,

Thank you for your critique.
If you are talking about editing tool such as PhotoShop or any kind of software, then no.
Yes you are right it took me a while to get all the eggs standing as wanted too. I have used black velvet for the entire background, and had the whisk with a black string coming from above. Because the black velvet absorbs a lot of light, I could make the black string invisible.

Robert

3/19/2001 9:21:27 AM

 
Billy B. Wells

member since: 3/13/2001
 

Great thinking! Being new at this myself, could you have gotten the same effect lying everything down and shooting from above? Did you have to hard boil the whole eggs?

Bill

3/19/2001 12:41:15 PM

 
Robert Ulrich

member since: 2/11/2001
 

Hi Bill,

Perhaps I could have achieved the same effect with lying everything down.
Although I think the depth of field affect would have not been there.

No I just used raw eggs, the soft velvet gave me some support to let the eggs stand up right.

Robert

3/20/2001 8:35:47 AM

 
Ray Lupien

member since: 4/7/2001
 

I do like the shot even though everything is dead-centered -eggs thru horizontal and beater verticle. Cracked egg does the picture by being close to the "thirds."

4/7/2001 11:01:41 PM

 
Solli 

member since: 5/7/2001
 

I like this photo but the egg beater takes all the credit try again without the egg beater

5/29/2001 5:23:22 PM

 
Darrell 

member since: 7/6/2001
 

I like viewing the photo upside down. It makes you think about the egg and how it is put together.

7/6/2001 7:25:58 AM

 
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