k.e.s_kloset

k.e.s_kloset

Posted on 09/14/2014


Photo taken on September 11, 2014


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The Sunday Challenge - Get Personal!

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I used the "High Key" setting in my camera. My first try with "High Key" photography (not sure if it is true "High Key" or not.)

This beer stein/music box has been in my family since the 1950s. My parents got it when they were living in England. It was always on the mantel or book shelf while I was growing up and it was a treat when my mom would get it down and play it for us. I always loved the pretty tune that it played, but never knew what it was.

Fast forward many years and my mom gives this stein to me as a gift since I was always so fond of it. I was re learning to play the flute at the time and one day I found this "Emperor Waltz" music in my flute book. Not having a lot of exposure to classical music I didn't recognize it. I thought "I'll try this one." As I started to work my way through the song I was pleasantly surprised to realize it was the tune from the old beer stein. A beautiful and famous waltz by Johann Strauss named Kaiser-Waltzer Op. 437. You can listen to it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=itbcAQ4jqXs

And if you would like to watch the entire piece performed by the incredible André Rieu and his orchestra just click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBLaMmxyibE

annaig56, VinVisible, Wierd Folkersma, Don Sutherland and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


40 comments - The latest ones
Coco
Coco
What a lovely story and beautiful stein.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Coco
Thank you Cordia.
4 years ago.
H C
H C
Very nice personal story and photo.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to H C
Thank you Harriet. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
4 years ago.
Michelle Ress
Michelle Ress
It doesn't get any better than that, thanks.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Michelle Ress
Thanks so much Michelle. That's very nice.
4 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
I love the story behind your objects, Karen! They make for a beautiful still life, too! :)
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Valfal
Thanks Val. It was a great experience and I'm glad you like it.
4 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Lovely story Karen. I'm interested in your high key shot as my camera doesn't have that setting I don't believe
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Janano -
Thank you Jan. I don't understand hi key at all yet, but I'm sure we will get that chance sometime soon. I wonder if it can be done in post processing?
4 years ago.
Sami Serola
Sami Serola
I don't know what the camera setting did, except maybe a little overexposure, but the ambient light you used is definitely high-key according to how it is defined on studio TV-shooting. There are no dark shadows, which gives a nice soft touch to the shot =) And a good idea to use mirror.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Sami Serola
Thanks Sami. I wanted to show some of the back side of the stein.

So is high key just over exposure?
4 years ago.
Sami Serola has replied to k.e.s_kloset
No no, over exposure is only one tool to achieve the goal, especially used on still photography. Here's a short list what one tries to achieve, or as I think what high/low key photography is about:

High-key:
- Dark sharp shadows are your enemy. Get rid of the shadows by using light, and some more light!
- Avoid high contrasts.
- Use reflectors and diffusers to get the light evenly scattered around the setting.
- Utilize overcast weather when shooting out.
- Use and photograph items that are already light (color) because then the items work as reflectors themselves, diffusing the light around them.
- Consider over exposing because light meter easily gives you false results, confused by all the bright lights used =P
- If the camera software allows you to adjust in-camera contrast, then adjust it to very low contrast. Choose low contrast films on film cameras.
- On post processing (or in camera software) try using "softening techniques".

Low-key:
- Shadows are your friend! Let the darkness swallow the items on your setting.
- Seek high contrasts.
- Utilize sharp and narrow spotlights to pick up details.
- Use dark, black surfaces to avoid reflected light. Large white surfaces are your enemy! >=D
- Photograph items that are already dark in color.
- Consider under exposing because the light meter easily over exposes when shooting overly dark settings.
- If the camera software allows you to adjust in-camera contrast, then adjust it to very high contrast. Choose high contrast films on film cameras.

But to come up with something creative, break against these suggestions! =D
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Sami Serola
Thank you Sami. That is REALLY helpful. I love getting input like this. I will be playing around with it. :)
4 years ago.
PaulOClassic©
PaulOClassic©
You have found the hiding place for my cash!!

I have an almost identical stein mug and that is my "cookie jar" for a rainy day!
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to PaulOClassic©
lol Paul. A good place for stashing your cash for sure.

You just reminded me that my dad used to keep his rolls of undeveloped film in this stein. He was a master at procrastination and when this was given to me it still had a 25 year old roll of film in it that I got developed shortly afterward. It had some really priceless shots of my siblings and me on it.
4 years ago.
Yvette Chew
Yvette Chew
Lovely story and super shot.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Yvette Chew
Thanks Yvette.
4 years ago.
*starless*
*starless*
Ah, so it's not a proper useable stein, then? Plays a tune? Mmmmmm. I prefer the beer holding ones! ;-)
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to *starless*
Well, at least you didn't ask "what the hell it was". I guess that's my gold star eh? ;)

Oh you could use it and it would hold several beers, but after a couple drinks you'd probably hit yourself in the head with the lid since it would be really heavy. :)
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Goffy
Goffy
Very Austrian style presentation Kes! Love the reflection!
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Goffy
Thank you Sir Goffy! :)
4 years ago.
charlie b
charlie b
How beautiful and what a great story. The treasures and memories are a significant part of the tapestry of our lives.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to charlie b
So true. Thank you Charlie.
4 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Congrats on Explore, Karen! :))
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Valfal
Thank you Val.
4 years ago.
s@ssyl@ssy
s@ssyl@ssy
Love your story, beautiful presentation :))
4 years ago.
Indycaver (Norm)
Indycaver (Norm)
Great photo! Love it!
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Indycaver (Norm)
Thanks sassy and Norm.
4 years ago.
Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett
Love these beer steins. Such a great set up with the mirrored reflection. I didn't realise that some of them were musical. A lovely family treasure.
4 years ago.
HaarFager
HaarFager
Nice choice of effect. Very beautiful!
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to HaarFager
Thank you very much Gillian and Kenny.
4 years ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
Perhaps not high key, but a lovely shot and story all the same! :)
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to autofantasia
Really haven't a clue yet Paul so thanks for your opinion. :)
4 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Very traditional jug
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Fantasyfan
Hello and thanks for stopping by Sanna.
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Awesome composition.
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you Don.
4 years ago.
Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma
It is high-key for me and it gets a soft light feeling in the picture
4 years ago.
k.e.s_kloset has replied to Wierd Folkersma
Thanks for that Wierd. I am beginning to see what you guys are talking about. It's very helpful and it is a really pretty effect.
4 years ago.