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06 NOVEMBER 2020:

The Piano Awaits

B-008. The Piano Awaits - by Greig Clifford
Copr. Copyright © 2020 GREIG CLIFFORD.

A beautiful Bluthner Piano in the Marble Hall at Petworth House photographed using my little Leica D-LUX 5. What a stunning setting for this gorgeous musical instrument!

I wanted to use its central positioning on this awesome floor to good symmetrical effect, which meant that if I also wanted to see the keys and Blüthner name I would need to be shooting towards the light.

Ordinarily this would create silhouettes if exposing for the light but that exposure would have made the foreground dark and the piano more of a nondescript black rectangle... so I used a longer exposure instead to make the foreground brighter. This has caused the windows and background to become bleached out and the people are not proper silhouettes, being more grey. They also have motion blur. None of that bothers me. It all helps separate the black piano from the background and I even enhanced the effect using split contrast when processing, being careful to try to keep detail in the bright spots in the shine of the marble flooring.

I'm always amazed at how this little camera copes with tricky lighting conditions. I could have made two bracketed exposures to catch a wider dynamic range and had a much cleaner final image but I prefer to bring out as much detail as I can from one shot - it brings out the noise in a film-like way and the noise this camera creates has a grainlike soul I particularly like..

If this image is the first of mine you have seen, or you are relatively new to my work, please know I'm always keen to make new contacts and push my photography to wider horizons. If you like what you see, say hello!

If you are able to help bring my photography to a larger audience, then lets talk! I'd be glad to hear from you!

Finally, prints of this image are available, starting at affordable prices to encourage new collectors. Signed archival quality prints are strictly limited in number. Your support is very much appreciated.

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