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THANK YOU FOR VIEWING LARGE

Another one of Sweety and Gaby, a bit different this time.
Had some crop issues here (was thinking about cropping a big part of the top until just above his eyes), but decided to leave it like this. Hope you like it.

exposure time : 1/200 sec
aperture : F/3.2
photo taken at 16h10 (cloudy, rainy)
Location : Pattaya, Thailand

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Title:The Embrace Of Wolves
Username:MediumSizeUnavailable MediumSizeUnavailable
Uploaded:15 Feb 2006 - 2:54 AM
Tags:Biker, Pattaya, Portraits / people, Siam, Tattoo, Thailand
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francisg
francisg  10703 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 3:03 AM

A lovely double portrait, and I like the position of the subjects. Although the Black and White is working well enough I would like to have seen the Colour Version with all those tattoos.

Frank

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Oh God... if views vs click means anything, then this is getting slaughtered.

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melbrackstone
15 Feb 2006 - 3:06 AM

I'd like to see the colour too, but this works well as it is. Well done.

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Ghostdog
Ghostdog  855 forum posts
15 Feb 2006 - 3:14 AM

Nice one mate, this image works on many levels. The subject matter is awesome it's intimate and at the same time very open. Keep on keepin on.
Ghostdog

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keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023181 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 3:17 AM

Loved yesterdays....like this, but his hands are just crushing the poor girls eyelids, making her expression a bit pained.

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Nah... he held her really tender... but having said that, I was a bit afraid - me knowing them but others not - that his tender hug might actually look frightening/treathening to some.

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ljesmith
ljesmith  101092 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 - 3:24 AM

Now this is great, just excellent.

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bacchus180
bacchus180  10141 forum posts
15 Feb 2006 - 3:31 AM

looks like he's about to snap her neck....

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bacchus180
bacchus180  10141 forum posts
15 Feb 2006 - 3:32 AM

love those tattos... and is remarkable.. you would never know its in thailand..

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Quote: you would never know its in thailand

lol... do I sense a bit of irony here

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weirdism
weirdism  10 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 - 3:43 AM

I like the humour in this shot. Very good all round. Smile

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 3:45 AM

I have to agree with Bacchus, its a very uncomfortable, almost disturbing pose.I dont like it. Her eyelid is being streched, which judging by her expression she obviously dosnt like,a cross between a smile and a cry for help! If your intention was to create something tender for valentines, you have failed spectaculary! Smile
Martin

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Ah... a controversy :o) Of course that was my intention (opportunistic grin). Am I succeeding in trying to lie my way out of this ? ;o)

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ljesmith
ljesmith  101092 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 - 4:35 AM

A photographer can't help what people do in a shot, uncomfortable doesn't bother me at all, try looking ar Avedon's In The American West for uncomfortable portraiture.

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 5:50 AM

Nothing wrong with pictures which disturb or make one feel uncomfortable, or cause any other emotion. However I assumed from the title, and the fact that the author is a friend of this couple, that his intention was not to produce 'uncomfortable portraiture'. If that was his intention then he succecced.
'A photographer cant help what people do in a shot', I agree but if it spoils the shot or the look, thats what the delete button is for.
This isnt photo journalism.
Martin

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malum
malum e2 Member 10622 forum postsmalum vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 6:27 AM

I like this apart from the fact that they blend into the greyness of the wall, with a different background it would be a winner

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315626 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 7:43 AM

Well Koen your very good at getting great shots, think this ones another cracker, might be worth darkening the wall in the background a little just to bring out those skin tones and tattoos. Really do love this one.
Paul

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Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315626 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2006 - 9:01 AM

Back again Koen, as I could not resist the modification option. Had a little play with this one as I just love it.
Paul

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tonymarq
tonymarq  9 United States
15 Feb 2006 - 4:27 PM

Koen great subject for b&w!

tonymarq

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2006 - 12:28 AM

superb !!!

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Thanks for the mod Paul. Had a lot of alternative crops myself allthough I never went as far as to crop through his arms (left/right/bottom). To be honest, I prefer them in the picture. With just the forhead cropped, I think it still gives enough of that cocoon feel you mentioned. For tomorrow's (Friday's that is) upload (another photo) I did some work on the bg and tattoos on his shoulders that always seem a little burned out (allthough I'm beginning to think it's rather his tattoos having faded... have to check that when I see him)... Just little changes though... curious to see if it helps.
Thanks again

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ZenTog
ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2006 - 3:24 AM

great shot love the contrast between the guys huge forearms and her small head, the tats are well recorded as well

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315626 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2006 - 12:05 PM

Yeh sorry for the tight crop Koen, I`d also just realised that the upload was the unfinished version. Now corrected
Paul

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deviant
deviant  103024 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2006 - 1:41 AM

Very very good.
D

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bwil9297
bwil9297  7 Scotland
1 Dec 2006 - 4:54 PM

The tension in this image is almost overwhelming. She clearly trusts him but his size and the positioning of his hands give the impression of only being seconds from death by broken neck! His smile transmits trust too, but if that truse were broken...

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bwil9297  7 Scotland
1 Dec 2006 - 4:54 PM

The tension in this image is almost overwhelming. She clearly trusts him but his size and the positioning of his hands give the impression of only being seconds from death by broken neck! His smile transmits trust too, but if that trust were broken...

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thanks. the menacing in the photo was a bit coincidental (or rather accidental), as on the spot it just looked very sweet and tender. But on the photo it indeed turned out different due to the reasons you mention. But he would indeed snap anybody's neck if his trust were broken

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