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Many thanks to everyone for there comments on my last upload very much appreciated.

Here is a bit of work in progress really still not quite happy with the balance of light between the back ground and subject in this one yet.
Be interested to see what you think.

thanks for looking
Regards Richard

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon 70-200 f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Maintaining Balance
Username:Richsr Richsr
Uploaded:16 Mar 2011 - 8:46 AM
Tags:Angles, Balance, Flash / lighting, Fredau, Rope ladder, Studio flash, Studio lighting
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Dave_Henderson
Dave_Henderson e2 Member 961 forum postsDave_Henderson vcard United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 - 8:49 AM

I like the framing Richard.

Dave

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wolfy
wolfy  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 - 8:52 AM

Beautiful work and model Rich!

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 7DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 8:59 AM

Very nice. Perhaps it needs to be toned down a touch but what I feel is intrusive is the heating duct pipe in the background. If this was dulled down perhaps it would not draw the eye quite so much. What do you think Richard?

The opposing angles do work very well though.


David.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 9:04 AM

Another quality shot Richard.love the framing ,light and eyes colour in this one,
very well done,
saeid

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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 9:08 AM

Always tricky on a rope ladder. Like the angles in this.

Its a shame the background is not a little less in focus, as for me she is getting a little lost in it.

Just my take on this fine image though.

Steve.

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johnnyboy114
16 Mar 2011 - 9:15 AM

Its different and I love that. Unusual image, simple idea but works. Sort of agree about the background a touch, a little distracting, but the premise of the image is a complete cracker...really clever, superbly lit, nice and imaginative and well shot. Good work all round!

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Grampy
Grampy  4507 forum posts England71 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 9:21 AM

Great shot but I see what you mean, I can't decide if she needs to be darker or lighter and the background lighter or darker but I think I would go for a darker background with her the same or slightly darker, I bet that doesn't help at all.
Phill

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Bogwoppett
Bogwoppett e2 Member 9Bogwoppett vcard United Kingdom
16 Mar 2011 - 9:25 AM

If you're interested in my two penneth worth. I think the light on the subject is too direct.
From one point of view it is lit very well, in that it's clear, the wall behind is well defined, and it's easy to see that you have made an effort to light the back ground well.
However, it's flattening out the subject into a cardboard cut-out, making it too bland. It doesn't stand out from the wall behind. I think the light needs to be more "3D", less straight-on, with more definition of shape and a greater graduation of tones.
You have this wonderfull body-stocking/thermal underwear thats different. It's skin tight, and yet there's barely any sense of shape to the body. And the texture of the fabric, so different to the skin, is lost.

Personally I'd experiment with lighting on the subject that was from different angles, and forget about the background entirely, let it look after itself (it is secondary to the subject, afterall), and see what you get.

apologies, you did invite comments!
steve

Last Modified By Bogwoppett at 16 Mar 2011 - 9:26 AM

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 9:30 AM

No Grampy that is helpful as it what I need to play with some more I think.
David, thanks for your thoughts on the ducting I didn.t feel it was that intrusive but will look at what I can do with it.
Thanks Richard

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 9:32 AM

No problem Steve, thanks for you input.
R.

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Bogwoppett
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16 Mar 2011 - 9:34 AM

Richard,
by the way, I should have mentioned, I love the extension of the right arm and right leg, the whole length from hand to foot, with the wonderful curve of the waist and hips, is fantastic !

cheers
steve

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gingerdelight
16 Mar 2011 - 9:54 AM

I love the angle of this shot Rich, and in general the whole portrait works. Just one or two points: firstly, as others have said, if the background was slightly out of focus it may be better, and there are one or two distracted shadows on the model which I find a little distracting.
Carol

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 10:11 AM

Interesting angle on this frame filling composition, she did well on the ladder rungs with these wolly socks and tights. Your studio work is always just that bit different and pushing the envelope Richard, well done mate.

Dougie

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barmymarny
16 Mar 2011 - 10:31 AM

Brilliant! Superb tones and capture.

Marilyn x

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 10:43 AM

Like the angle Richard
Alvar

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DanielD
DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 11:05 AM

Over the composition (which is very good) my attention has been focused on the colours and tonality. I think the coloursare the most valuable point in this picture. The great mix between walls colour, the floor colour + the hair and the socks colours is the real and the greate balance into this picture. Smile

Regards Daniel

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 12:08 PM

Only too happy to take this to 30
You have been given lots of sound advice already

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Andy_Cundell
16 Mar 2011 - 12:13 PM

You made me open the image from the gallery, look at it twice, tilt my head and it made me think!
In my book, you achieved the aim of making me look at your work!
Very good picture. I hope you try this photo again with the '3D' lighting that Steve said about so I can see what he is on about!

Andy

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 12:22 PM

Love the comp Richard, the vertical rope ladder work really well


Jon

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 12:26 PM

cracking detail wonderful colour and tones a belter nice one Wink
andy

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digital_boi
16 Mar 2011 - 12:49 PM

love the composition i'm personally not good enough to comment other than maybe the background a little darker and she is shot less full front on maybe more from the left regardless good stuff love it
Graham

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Sezz
Sezz  9617 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 1:11 PM

Like the quirky angle Richard! I don't feel qualified to comment either but perhaps the background a little darker? I totally agree with Dougie about your studio work, always giving us something different and "pushing the envelope" Smile

Sarah *

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Scaramanga
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16 Mar 2011 - 1:25 PM

Wonderfully well captured, like the angles of the window and the pipe against the angles of the model and the ladders.

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 2:11 PM

Many thanks for all everyone comments and feedback very much appreciated.
Regarfds Richard

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Imagephotographics

Interesting pose - another lovely image of this very pretty girl

Chris

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DaveU
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16 Mar 2011 - 4:47 PM

Clever use of straight lines here Richard .... beautifully skew-wiffy.

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angie44
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16 Mar 2011 - 5:08 PM

supeb pose , like it ... angie

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lifesnapper
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16 Mar 2011 - 5:29 PM

I really like the angles on this one Richard, and I think the lighting works well. A very good piece of team work here.

John Smile

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 6:14 PM

Another fine capture, Richard, like the angled shot of this one, makes for a stronger image Smile
Trev Smile

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pluckyfilly
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16 Mar 2011 - 7:57 PM

some good advice above and as I am not qualified to comment I will just say much better than anything I might achieve, a vote from me

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 9:20 AM

Thanks for all your comments and feedback everyone, will catch up later today with them.
Regards Richard

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Lillian
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17 Mar 2011 - 11:33 AM

I rather like this one Richard and also the light you have c aptured on her face, great angle
Lillian

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 12:39 PM

Excellent image. I must confess that I didn't notice the background until after I read the comments.
Rob

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derekhansen
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17 Mar 2011 - 1:43 PM

Really like the way you have framed this Richard.
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bayleaf1
bayleaf1  4 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2011 - 2:16 PM

A super shot Richard. Works well.
John.

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danbrann
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17 Mar 2011 - 5:49 PM

Richard I never really noticed the background. I suppose we could all improve everybody's shots but this one would do for me. I really don't mind the semi industrial background. I think the pose and the subject are good enough to compete with anything.

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acousticmist
17 Mar 2011 - 7:18 PM

An excellent capture and a great pose..............Martin

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phil99
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18 Mar 2011 - 10:41 AM

Love the angle you have captured this at . The ducting is a lttle obtrusive though ...Phil

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2011 - 12:34 PM

Thanks for all your comments everyone very much appreciated.
Regards Richard

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raygregson
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18 Mar 2011 - 5:20 PM

excellent image richard,i also like the angle in the shot.ray

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Chinga
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18 Mar 2011 - 7:01 PM

Lovely model! Amazing pose, very good image! I like it.
IB

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2011 - 2:04 PM

Well, I have no clue about studio lighting and such, this is a very fine image imo, with a great model. I like the colours, the warm softness of the models clothing against those bluish cold windows at her back. Nice pose, too.
Johanna

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Rende
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20 Mar 2011 - 11:29 AM

Beautiful composition Richard. She seems to be maintaining her balance, but the world seems to be losing it Wink
Regards,
Rende

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2011 - 2:30 PM

Superb shot Richard. Love the idea for the pose and room angled. Creative stuff. Paul

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Richsr
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20 Mar 2011 - 9:14 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and feedback everyone.
Regards Richard

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User_Removed
21 Mar 2011 - 12:27 AM

Loads of comms Richard. haven't read any.. sorry
I find the angles to this off putting. I know she is leaning in my head but she is not in the image
maybe a compromise of the model leaning enough not to make the BG horizontal, would work.

as for the light I agree with you, BG toned down which will also help hold the eye on the lovely model.

Just my thoughts Dave

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Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2011 - 9:59 AM

Great pose.not an easy one to do. Again a great angled shot.

Barry

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JackAllTog
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1 Apr 2011 - 1:10 PM

Fabulous

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