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10-31-2014, 08:33 PM - 3 Likes   #1
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The Great Gatsby Still-Life Scene
Lens: DA 40 Limited Camera: K-01 ISO: 1600 Shutter Speed: 1/15s Aperture: F4 

Long time no see, PF members! I've been pretty inactive for the last year or two... photography has been put off on the back burner...

Here's a new photo I'd like to share and get some opinions on.. see if I've still got it.

K-01, DA 40 Limited, processed in Lightroom 4.

For those that aren't familiar with the book, one of the central themes is getting lost and caught-up in a materialistic world. The eyes are a dominant symbol, meant to represent the dullness, the emptiness, and corruptness of America's shift in values... towards consumeristic / materialistic.

Hopefully they'll be more to come... thinking of doing a themed series with other books and works of literature.

"I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God. I took her to the window" – with an effort he got up and walked to the rear window and leaned with his face pressed against it – "and I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!’"

Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night.

"God sees everything," repeated Wilson.

...Wilson stood there a long time, his face close to the window pane, nodding into the twilight."

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10-31-2014, 11:04 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Looks good to me.

"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and
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10-31-2014, 11:25 PM   #3
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It looks good, the light is good, without the original photo it is quite hard to comment something the editing, but it lacks a certain atmosphere regarding those times presented in the book. You could try adjusting the lighting to come a little lower and more from the left to let the shadows enhance the edges a bit and try a black and white version. Have a nice week-end!
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very worthy and interesting new snapshot you want to watch and see.
possible 2-dollar bills had to be put on another

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Steam punk is so cliche.
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I like the imagery....although sometimes simpler is is perhaps a little cluttered.....although that is of course personal taste and I appreciate the work that went into it...Also, you could enhance the photo by playing a little more with lightroom....nbring out the contrast adjusting the blac and white....give some more light to the shadows,,,,
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Very good still life with theme portrayed. I like it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MonsoonWave Quote
Steam punk is so cliche.
Constructive criticism for X Box as well?
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I never read the book but I've seen the movie (yes, I know, it is not the same... ).
I think that you represented it very well. I like the way you put and organize everything but what I really like are the colors, they represent very well the contrast between the exterior and interior of Mr. Gatsby. Well done!

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