Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Knight's Helm

This is foremost a study of reflections: the steel is polished, therefore the subject is 'skinned,' in CGI terms, with a mirror image of its surroundings, the sort of things an artist must be keenly aware of to ever realistically paint a shiny object. The helmet was standing on a straw bale in the ready area off the combat arena at the Gumeracha Medieval Fair at the beginning of May, 2009, and offered a perfect still subject in a dynamic environment. I framed and exposed without difficulty, kneeling by the bale, with the sun over my right shoulder, and I'm reflected above the helmet's left eye. Enhancements include sharpness, contrast and colour saturation. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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