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May 9, 2012

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Filed under: Chris — cgcooke @ 23:12

Baking at Beamish



  1. I googled Beamish after reaching it with a double click! The chiaroscuro effect here is heightened by that panel of green, the blue of the plate and the coal fire. Is the latter real or an electric replica? Your capture of the people reenacting nineteenth century life is very well done and I like the direction of light illustrated by the bright table reflecting on to the white tops of the two women. Now we know why oil paintings from the past looked as they did!!

    Comment by zavaell — May 12, 2012 @ 06:44

    • Well yes it was at Beamish John, but I’ve little idea how you know that except that I vaguely remember typing that in somewhere when I posted.

      Yes it was a real coal fire, which was what they were using as the oven, though I’m a little puzzled by the red glow that’s coming from under the mantle piece. Actually I have another shot when the fire flared up when they threw some fat laden scraps on it.

      Thanks for your comments about the lighting because the kind of things you mention was exactly what I was trying to achieve. Though I feel the image displays better against a black background.

      Comment by cgcooke — May 14, 2012 @ 22:58

  2. What a lovely picture Chris. The Beamish museum is on our list for the girls and I’m looking forward more than ever to going now. The dark interior works well, highlighting the figures and period feel. It’s a good case for not always opening up shadows!

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 12, 2012 @ 11:22

    • Thank you also Mike.

      I doubt very much you’ll be disappointed with a trip to Beamish, we were in fact very surprised just how much we enjoyed it. But we all agreed how that was largely down to the volunteers, like the ones you see here, which really bring it to life.

      Comment by cgcooke — May 14, 2012 @ 23:07

  3. Mastery of light. A bit Carravaggio like (there was a bloke who could paint!). Sufumato I think it is called.

    Comment by Rex — May 16, 2012 @ 16:30

    • Grazie signore. But it’s easy with a camera!

      Comment by cgcooke — May 17, 2012 @ 00:07

  4. Made me think of Vermeer. Such beautiful lighting — so easy to imagine this to be an old painting. The women’s glasses are all that give it away — and I think that is a plus. The blue plate is perfectly placed.

    Comment by Christina — May 17, 2012 @ 17:48

    • Thank you Christina. I understand the reference to Vermeer having looked it up when somebody said basically the same thing before.

      Comment by cgcooke — May 20, 2012 @ 01:19

      • Yes, absolutely. High praise, but well deserved.

        Vermeer is a good teacher for us all I think!

        Comment by sojournerphoto — May 20, 2012 @ 23:03

  5. I, too, really love the lighting effect here. It is also interesting to me that even with the old look it is a very modern scene: sharpness of the photo and the spectacles.

    Comment by doonster — June 5, 2012 @ 12:17

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