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- - - just as the sun was rising!
A beautiful summers morning and as I watched the shadows moving slowly across the wall I became interested in the strong shapes and also wondered whether the X20 could cope with the high contrast. The only thing to do was to try!
I think I have just about avoided any blown light areas though I'm not quite sure why I used f8 - I left the feet in as contrasting with the geometric lines on the wall, but I think a crop off the bottom so that the lowest shadow line comes out of the lower left corner and the mirror becomes central might be interesting ( leaving the feet in decent obscurity! )
What do you think?

Geoff

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm X20
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:22 Jul 2014 - 6:41 AM
Focal Length:7.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/20sec
Exposure Comp:+2
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Early one morning - - -
Username:salopian salopian
Uploaded:10 Aug 2014 - 11:49 AM
Tags:Feet, Humour / fun, Morning, Shadows
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104030 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2014 - 12:29 PM

stay in bed! GrinGrin

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2014 - 12:31 PM

Been there, done that, taken the photo - I think we all have at some time! It's the sort of shot that I tend to look for in hotel rooms when I'm bored.

Leave the feet, first of all, they are essential. They mean that it could be me lying there, they put me right into the frame.

You have lined this up very neatly. There's a tidy vertical down the left side and horizontal at the bottom - they frame the composition, hold it together.

I suspect that the +2 exposure compensation was a bit excessive but it's given a cool clarity.

The upload is slightly over-sharpened for my taste - if you look at the upper edge of the mirror glass it's breaking up into long thin 'steps'. Just something to bear in mind when preparing a file for uploading here.

My only suggested change is that I'm itching to try b&w as an alternative.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 10 Aug 2014 - 12:37 PM

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pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1613 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2014 - 3:12 PM

Yes, I think we've all done this, Geoff. I remember doing it whilst looking through a porthole on a cruise shipSmile.
From the thumbnail, I thought you were looking down at your feet, standing on the floor, but then couldn't understand what the "mirror" was.

The shadows, lines and light are very effective.
The feet are important!
The thin pink line (a bed?) at the bottom isn't necessary, but rather than crop this, showing less of the feet, I would want to clone it out. In fact, I'd like to have seen just a little more of the feet, and might have considered raising them up before shooting, perhaps on a cushion or a pillow.

I feel that you have gone for a little symmetry here, and would therefore suggest that if you had shuffled over a touch more to the right, the feet would have sat more neatly beneath the mirror frame.

Minor points, I know, but points that could enhance the impact of the image, which is already quite strong. Well done for seein the potential here.

Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 10 Aug 2014 - 3:15 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10903 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2898 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2014 - 4:22 PM

This is very good. Moiras has certainly been there and done that, - this reminded me right away of that series of shots!

You have very pink feet! A compliment...

The bed cover looks like its angled, but Im sure the mirror frame is straight. Better to crop it as Pamela suggests?

Looks like the camera did a decent job.

I will try some mods of this, looks like fun.


Regards


Willie

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2014 - 7:19 PM

I was vaguely thinking of adding a daft view through the window, maybe the Earth viewed from space...

Quote: Moira has certainly been there and done that, - this reminded me right away of that series of shots!

Six years ago, I had to hunt out the proof after Willie's Mod. Sorry for hijacking your upload...

Moira

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11125 forum postsdudler vcard England330 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2014 - 10:55 PM

I thnk this is perfect as it is.

For me, the pink bed must stay as a frame. Maybe a skew adjustment to get it parallel to the frame edge, but maybe not.

The B/W variation is a good idea, and the old shots of Moira's are fun!

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2014 - 9:43 AM

Thanks very much for all your constructive and amusing comments - most interesting to find that this has been tried before and I have to say staightaway that Moira's feet and legs are much more attractive than mine !!.
I like all the mods, particularly the " Geoff/ Moira was here" versions and I had wondered about black and white myself.
I have to admit that this started out as a bit of fun and, as such, I was not sure whether I should post it, but I am glad I did, as you obviously found the fun element as well as the technical side.
Thanks again - made my day!

Geoff

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