Low Key Hoover- Ooops Sorry Mr Dyson by 30pics4jackiesdiamond

Low Key Hoover- Ooops Sorry Mr Dyson

Shanne's challenge was set thus " For your Get Pushed challenge this week, I'm going to riff on something northy set me years ago: use different lighting (low key / high key) and/or processing to take a picture of a household item, such as a piece of cutlery or a toothbrush'.

So Shanne here's a bigger option the vacuum cleaner! It wasn't easy to lightpaint this to not get the background and I processed it to make it hazy a la @northy (so why did I make sure it was in focus before I switched off the light to get the room dark?!).

It's also my Dogwood challenge offering for week3

3 good things

Nearly forgot to do this and remembered ( does that count?)
Delicious low calorie tea made from leftovers
Found unfinished Advent calendar - enjoyed high calorie dark chocolates- oops!!
@shannejw I'll go smaller for a second go later n the week. Hope this works sort of what you had in mind. Must say I'm quite pleased with it!!
January 14th, 2019  
I prefer the hoover anytime 😉
January 14th, 2019  
Lots of work to achieve your challenge Jackie! Worked well so time well spent :-)
January 14th, 2019  
Wonderful shot Jackie!
January 14th, 2019  
Nice low key image
January 14th, 2019  
It looks quite creepy lurking in the shadows. ha ha. No wonder I have hidden my hoover in the cupboard.
January 14th, 2019  
A fascinating subject for its uniqueness. Done very well in low-key
January 14th, 2019  
it really does look spooky lurking in the shadows - and glad you've enjoyed the challenge
January 14th, 2019  
@shannejw it was diffferent!
@grammyn very kind Katy, don't think I'll do it again with this subject!
@onewing scary thngs!! I can't use this at the moment too heavy for my painful back
@Dawn on my phone I can see the back ground and the image is rubbish though
@jacqbb it was fun setting it up and explaining to Him what I was doing
@365anne I can think of more fun ways to spend time, but I was glad the plan sort of panned out
@ludwigsdiana really?

@northy how do you get such a black background and hazy but sharp focus? (If it's all PS I won't manage it!!)
January 15th, 2019  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond sounds like a perfect excuse. Hope your back heals soon but keep the hoover hidden.
January 15th, 2019  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond hmmm... so - if anything, it's Lightroom not photoshop... if you give me an example from my album i can probably tell you what i did...

in general i aim for sharp focus where the light is brightest (and if its a set up shot i will decide where i want the light to be brightest)... i often shoot with a shallow dof, so in a set up shot, the bit that's in the light will be quite sharp while other parts may fade into the background more...

when i process in lightroom i usually decrease clarity... i think this gives the hazy feel in the middle of the spectrum... i also only lightly sharpen...

then after i convert to black and white (i mostly use silver fx for that), back in LR, i push the whites until i get just a smidgeon pure white (LR has a function where it starts to mask "red" where you have pure white) and the background pure black (LR masks "blue")... does that make any sense? i can try to explain better if it would help...
January 16th, 2019  
btw... this is nicely done! and your vac makes for a very nice low key subject :) if you want to pull the whites up a bit you should be able to do that no matter what software you are using...
January 16th, 2019  
@northy thank you x I'll have another play!! The bright yellow is quite a horrid grey isn't it. Practicing will help next month for FoR I expect too. Thanks again
January 16th, 2019  
Do you use Lightroom? If so, you can muck about with the yellow before converting to black and white ... and whatever you’re using to convert to black and white might give you some options in terms of colour filters that might help...
January 16th, 2019  
@northy hello I use a free laptop app and ribbetr and what came with a Windows on laptop. Too tight to pay what they want per month to not use often. I'll do some exploring, thanks so much 😁
January 16th, 2019  
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