The Balance by Peter Zentjens


Small (23.2" x 15.5")


Sizing Information

Small 23.2" x 15.5"
Medium 33.1" x 22.0"
Large 46.9" x 31.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

This actually is a shot of the balance of my very old drawing board. You know, the type of board architects and the like would use before computers and CAD came along. But although the subject really is a balance, the concept and the title are about something totally different as I’m sure you can see…

This work was heavily inspired by the Victorian / steampunk fairy world created by Tad Williams in his fabulous book “The War of the Flowers” that was recommended to me by MagpieMagic for which I’m very grateful. Even though I’m not even halfway in the book it has already inspired me to be creative…

On a more technical note, this still life was shot with my Pentax K10D using an ancient SMC Pentax-M 1:3.5 28mm lens. As usual, I used my Painted with light technique. Thanks, by the way, to all of you 81 people who have favoured this tutorial.

Preview of a print:

More nostalgia can be found here

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  • PaoloFranco
    PaoloFrancoover 4 years ago

    Excellent and brilliant work. I’m a Libra, so I can relate to this piece.

  • A yes, another way of looking at this!
    Thanks for the comment & fav Paolo

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Awesome Peter! I love the contrast of the sharp lines and the soft rose! Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Robin for your spot on comment. :)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful idea !!

  • Thanks!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Karo / Caroline Evans (Caux-Evans)
    Karo / Carolin...over 4 years ago

    great composition, the contrat in subjects,lighting,perspective, and the mood!

  • Many thanks Karo.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 4 years ago

    Brilliant pic – love the colours and ‘styling’. :-) Glad you like the book, too, and that it inspired you.

  • Thank you! Both for the book, the inspiration and the comment. :)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Cheers Scott.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Carmen Holly
    Carmen Hollyover 4 years ago

    Love it.

  • Cheers Carmen

    – Peter Zentjens

  • shottphotos
    shottphotosover 4 years ago

    I love your lighting technique for this and processing. Lovely and pleasing image

  • Thanks! Well I guess I could say that my lightning technique and my post processing are inseparably connected with each other. In fact, the only post processing is a layering of differently lit shots.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    EXQUISITE!, the lighting is perfect…Jules

  • Thanks ever so much Jules!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Jing3011
    Jing3011over 4 years ago


  • Cheers!

    – Peter Zentjens

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