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Photo of the Week 69

Photo of the Week 69
It's once again Friday.  That means it's time for Cramer Imaging to unveil our pick for "Photo of the Week."  This week, we have chosen to feature this photograph of a Nativity scene on Matryoshka or Russian nesting dolls.

These dolls actually come from Russia.  I know someone that took a cruise in that region of the world not too long ago.  This set was purchased as a souvenir during one of the stops.

The artwork is so different and so beautiful that I had to arrange it and shoot this still life image of the set.

Making sure that I could see all the elements of the mural and still not bring undue emphasis to a fabric backdrop was a bit of a challenge.  Everything had to be stacked up carefully.  The slightest wrong move and the smaller dolls would fall over.  I finally resorted to some tape for stability help.

Thanks to the black background of the art on the dolls, I could not use a black backdrop for the photo.  I had to seek another color if I wanted to emphasize the dark areas of some of the dolls.  The navy blue used here does that trick beautifully.

Once I had the photo, I started working with it and realized that it was still missing something.  I decided to check out some of the filter options in Photoshop for inspiration.  The mosaic filter provided just what I was looking for.

Professional quality stylized fine art photograph of a Russian doll Christmas Nativity scene in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging