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Low key gargoyle
Low key gargoyle by Helen in Wales
Low key gargoyle, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.

38/52 for the group 52 in Twenty Eleven

This week's theme: Low key

This is a photo of one of my gargoyle bookends. I'm quite pleased with the effect, considering how makeshift it was.

I draped a piece of black sweatshirt material over the basket chair to make the background and placed the ornament on it. I couldn't be bothered to walk downstairs for the tripod, so I placed the camera on the middle-sized nesting table with a folded crochet doily under the lens to raise it a fraction of an inch and steady it.

It was night and the curtains were drawn and the door closed. The illumination was provided by the glow from my iPod Touch which I placed near the ornament, resting against a Rubik's cube which just happened to be handy. To avoid shaking the camera, I used the self-timer set to 2 seconds.

All it then needed was a slight crop in PhotoShop Elements and a conversion to black and white to get rid of the slight blue tinge.

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readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 20th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautifully spooky!

Gargoyle bookends! Splendid. I have owls.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 22nd, 2011 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, owls would be lovely!
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: September 22nd, 2011 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are carved from soapstone. Mr Owl sits at the end of my row of 'work' books. 'How to be a Writer'/Thesaurus/Dictionaries/et al. His mate, Mrs Owl, props up a mile of Alice Hoffman's standing on a shelf behind where I work.

(I need an owl icon...)
sartorias From: sartorias Date: September 20th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is an awesome photo!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 22nd, 2011 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'd never done a low key shot before, so it was something of an experiment.
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: September 20th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great photo. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 22nd, 2011 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'd never done a low key shot before, so it was something of an experiment.
caper_est From: caper_est Date: September 20th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Helen, that is magnificent.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 22nd, 2011 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, never having done a low key shot before.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: October 5th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure it's not a portrait of Bok from Dr Who and The Daemons??
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