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  #190 Low Light Photography
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Mexican Pottery       ©2017 ysal
Panasonic DMC-GX7       3rd place, 139 points
8s, f8, ISO 200, 40mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped and straightened; cloned out dirt specks and distracting background objects (I didn't use a drop cloth); reduced highlights; corrected colors; denoised and sharpened; resized       Extra Info: This was shot in a dark room where the only light source was a pen light, not flash.

This is a small clay pot made by one of the potters in the small village of Mata Ortiz in Mexico. Few hundred potters in the village carefully recreate their traditional method of hand formed clay pots. I found this in an art gallery many years ago while traveling through California. This particular artist uses black clay, mixed with graphite, then hand paints this super-fine patterns in matte black paint. This pot is very small, barely 4” (10cm) tall and is covered with this delicately painted patterns. I’ve read that artists often use a paint brush made out of 2 or 3 strands of human hair. I will post an image of the whole pot during the Outtakes.
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Sep 7, 2017
    Good job Yuki! I love the framing and the lighting (except for the bright reflection). Anyway, congrats on a well-deserved high finish.

Good to have such interesting looking pieces at hand!

Sep 6, 2017
    Very effective representation. Love it!

Sep 5, 2017
    Congratulations. Your photograph captured the beauty of this intricate pot perfectly.

Sep 5, 2017
    Thank you for all the nice comments and votes!

Sep 5, 2017
    This was my 2nd place vote. I love the mood, congrats on a high placement

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Sep 5, 2017
    This is a beautiful example of low key photography. The composition is perfect to bring out the classic design of the pot, and the lighting accentuates the lovely patterns.

Sep 5, 2017
    I really like this - the pattern, the composition, the muted colour and the light. My top pick.

Sep 5, 2017
    Excellent use of light and a perfect subject for the challenge. Good angle and composition. In my favs.

Jade O.
Sep 4, 2017
    Quite nice.

Sep 2, 2017
    I like this photo... focus, lighting, composition (offset to the right) works well, right on for this challenge.. in TT

Sep 1, 2017
    Black on black -- who would have thunk it would be so interesting. I like the composition.

Sep 1, 2017
    the pot is well defined . like the xtra information

Sep 1, 2017
    Very nice light, and the off-center positioning makes a great composition. Well done!

Sep 1, 2017
    Outstanding - perfect for the challenge. This cetainly conveys a sense of low light.
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