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Definitely the last one of this series....strange how the interest has waned on these since the first upload.....is it boring to keep posting the same thing, or is it something else? Who knows.......anyway, comments and crit always welcome....

Camera:Pentax K100D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:50mm f1.7
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:If I must...
Username:johnnyboy114 johnnyboy114
Uploaded:25 Jan 2010 - 5:50 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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agean
agean  10 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 - 5:58 PM

strong,deep shot good stuff.

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johnnyboy114
25 Jan 2010 - 6:00 PM

Thanks Smile Much appreciated....

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 6:14 PM

I like this. A

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johnnyboy114
25 Jan 2010 - 6:17 PM

Thank you Smile

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81096 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 7:01 PM

Its been a great series John ! Inspiring use of light , been watching it from the sidelines , and trying to do something similar at home without success.

Dave

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johnnyboy114
25 Jan 2010 - 7:04 PM

Wow, Dave, coming from you, thats trully special! You have an extraordinary PF and if you don't mind me saying....my images don't even come CLOSE to what you can achieve....this is really a very simple set up...a sunny, late afternoon, one window and the light does the rest.....I have no PS skills at all to speak of, other than the standard curves, levels etc....and wish I could get more out of my images, but I feel I am limited by both my skill and my imagination sometimes.....I like what I do, but I have some way to go yet....

So for this to come from you....thats very, very kind and seriously appreciated! Smile Thank you Smile

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agean
agean  10 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 - 8:28 PM

nothing wrong with your skill ,just have to free your mind,but what do i know ,just do your thing and enjoy and ps is just a tool to use when its suits you.

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johnnyboy114
25 Jan 2010 - 8:30 PM

Yep, agreed. I use it to touch up and convert mainly, but thats it. I would love to get a bit more "punch" and life out of my shots sometimes, but from no on I am going to push my subjects and I am going to push myself. I just need to get this damn house move out of the way first....lol! Wink Thanks for the support Keith. Appreciated...

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agean
agean  10 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 - 8:39 PM

you have given me enough,for which i thank you.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 8:49 PM

Like the pose and light in this one good pose from your model too.
Would suggest a crop in from the LHS to remove the curtain as it draws your eye away from the model.
Regards Richard

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johnnyboy114
25 Jan 2010 - 9:12 PM

Thanks Richard...food for thought too....didn't think to crop as thought the curtain gave space and placement, but now you have said it....you may have a point... Smile Cheers! Will give it a go

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 10:11 PM

looking good as is Johnnyboy and IMO humble opinon you're right the curtain places it

a crop will just give you a different mood altogether

Diana

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johnnyboy114
25 Jan 2010 - 10:20 PM

Cheers Diana....appreciated. Rich had a point, I tried it and didnt like it personally. I guess each to their own and what makes what we do such fun...we all see something different..... Smile

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Costapix
Costapix  4 Spain2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2010 - 9:04 AM

gr8 shot ... i agree with richard to crop it a little ...
nice shot nice tones

kim

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johnnyboy114
26 Jan 2010 - 11:19 AM

Cheers Kim, appreciated....

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Diana
Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2010 - 11:47 AM

all I meant was it would give you a different image not better or worse just different

as in this crop

same image but totally different mood and feel just with a crop

but wtf do I know hey?

obviously not a lot !

Last Modified By Diana at 26 Jan 2010 - 11:55 AM

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johnnyboy114
26 Jan 2010 - 11:50 AM

Yeah, agreed Diana...it does give it a totally different mood. With the curtain in, I felt it gave it an airy, spacious feel, soft and relaxed....with the crop it felt hemmed in, tight, squeezed and tense.....both had their merits, but I was going for the former in the image. And you know a hell of a lot!!! Wink lol! Proved it on the mods you did! Smile I have a way to get to your level yet..... Smile

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TheWanderer
26 Jan 2010 - 2:05 PM

A good series John. Loving the natural poses.

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johnnyboy114
26 Jan 2010 - 2:10 PM

Thanks mate....just goes to show what you can find if you go back through you archives...lol! Smile

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Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2010 - 9:31 PM

Great use of light, a really superb series.

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johnnyboy114
26 Jan 2010 - 9:45 PM

Thanks Andrew! Means a lot Smile

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BreadandShutter
27 Jan 2010 - 12:10 PM

works lovely this one johnny

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johnnyboy114
27 Jan 2010 - 1:10 PM

Cheers fella! Appreciated!

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Petro_Conradie
28 Jan 2010 - 7:33 AM

Another great one, VWD
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johnnyboy114
28 Jan 2010 - 7:37 AM

Thanks Petro...appreciated... Smile

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caotiquemind
1 Feb 2010 - 10:39 AM

I like so much the clarity of her eyes... Her expression and pose.
Great use of light and fantastic mono conversion.

Thank you so much for your comments in my photos, your support and words... I aprecciated it so much.

Kisses

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johnnyboy114
1 Feb 2010 - 10:41 AM

Thank you Noe.....appreciated. I am still working and aspiring to images like yourself. I would not want to copy, thats not what I do, but I would love to re-create your quality......one day I will get there.
Thank you again. Coming from you, this means a lot....cheers!

John

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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
1 Feb 2010 - 10:54 AM

I like this one very much, as said by many the light is great coming from the side window with the curtain.
i read that you feel limited by your ps skils and your imagination, i think it is not true, you have quite a bit of imagination, you don't stik to the "rules" of photography and i think that makes your pictures special, not like all the rest,so you do have imagination, as for ps skils, welocome to the club!! hahaha..... but who cares, before the digital era, there was no ps but i find that some of the most beautiful photos ever taken were the film ones.
sorry for the long boring comment Smile
Paola

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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
1 Feb 2010 - 11:07 AM

I forgot, she is a beautiful woman
Paola

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johnnyboy114
1 Feb 2010 - 11:15 AM

Thank you Paola, thats really very kind......

She is a good friend of mine and yes, a very pretty lady. She was interested in modelling for me as she is also a photographer. These images were almost an "accident" as they were just "snaps" in a way, but I like the effect they have....

As with the "rules" you speak of...I like to try things differently, yet I also don't know which direction my photography is going in yet. I like things to look natural, but well taken. My PS techniques would be used only to enhance what I have already done, not to alter anything that is there in any way....almost like using old film and darkroom ideas and techniques, like you said. So, will have to keep practicing and see what comes out.....

But thank you Paola for your critique.....its very nice to hear good words come from someone like yourself Smile And it wasn't a boring compliment, it was good to read and know!

J

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focused-photography

Looks really nice to me.

Carsten

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johnnyboy114
1 Feb 2010 - 12:31 PM

Thank you Carsten! Much appreciated....

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BURNBLUE
BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2010 - 9:18 AM

Excellent John. Lovely mono shot.

Si.

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johnnyboy114
2 Feb 2010 - 9:37 AM

Thank you Si....appreciated!

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
3 Feb 2010 - 6:05 PM

contemplative and personal; best of the series

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johnnyboy114
3 Feb 2010 - 8:10 PM

Thank you Nick... Smile

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chicproduction
7 Feb 2010 - 5:14 PM

Stunning Portrait!
Stuuning Portfolio Johmmyboy!


Richie
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johnnyboy114
7 Feb 2010 - 10:07 PM

Thanks Richie! Much appreciated!!! Your PF ain't too shabby either! Smile

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Nightstar
Nightstar  5 Yemen
8 Feb 2010 - 9:25 PM

Like this one johnny and great pf

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johnnyboy114
8 Feb 2010 - 9:29 PM

Thank you Richard, appreciated! Smile

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MartaHari
MartaHari  6 Spain1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2010 - 12:49 AM

great composition & use of light Wink

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johnnyboy114
28 Feb 2010 - 1:00 AM

Thank you Smile

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Saigonkick
5 Mar 2010 - 8:14 PM

Excellent portrait

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johnnyboy114
5 Mar 2010 - 8:23 PM

Thank you Smile

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piggie_vickie
8 Mar 2010 - 11:37 AM

I love this image, the natural daylight, the soft curtain, the pose of the lady, all comes to this impressive pic. Well done!
Wanqi

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johnnyboy114
8 Mar 2010 - 12:09 PM

Thank you very much Wanqi, its definitely one of my favourites....

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