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Art & Painting Photography

This photograph depicts The Battle of the Amazons by Peter Rubens c. 1618-1620. The main challenge involved in photographing this painting was the fact that the painting was originally painted using very glossy paints. This factor made the use of a traditional flash a true impossibility. In order for this painting to be properly depicted and reproduced as a photograph light had to be reflected off of a dark surface so that a reflection would not be present on the glossy surface of the painting. The second challenge involved with this painting was its dimensions. The fact that this painting is 98 inches wide meant that extra care had to be taken in order to ensure that light was properly and evenly dispersed to all areas of the painting. The challenges of art photography make it necessary to use special tools and utilize a specific technique in order to capture the true nature and essence of the painting.