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Here's a shot from last week that I thought I'd have a mess around with.

Camera:Nikon D2X Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 105mm f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:with nail and eye
Username:DannyLenihan DannyLenihan
Uploaded:5 Dec 2008 - 12:03 PM
Tags:Eye, Flash / lighting, Girl, Nail, Nude / glamour, Portrait, Portraits / people
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pj12
pj12  6 Bulgaria
5 Dec 2008 - 12:08 PM

Very ineteresting shot, nice contrast.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2008 - 12:43 PM

Plenty of impact in this and good eyes. I don't think the red nail adds anything, but it is subtle enough not to spoil the shot.

Ian

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 737 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2008 - 1:29 PM

Fantastic portrait. Great title and work.

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Gertmint
Gertmint  11 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2008 - 1:49 PM

Great lighting, I agree with digicammad the nail did not work probably as it is very small, at first I did not notice it. It may of worked if all the nailes had the effect, though the image does not need any gimmicks as it has great impact already.

Mark

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NevP
NevP  9853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2008 - 2:00 PM

My preference would also probably be for this shot to be completely mono, however it is very well lit and I love the contrasty work up.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2008 - 2:11 PM

To be honest, the fact that only one nail is red is why I think it doesn't detract. Selective colouring needs to be done carefully and with subtlety, more nails would definitely spoil the shot.

Smile

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Miles Herbert
5 Dec 2008 - 2:17 PM

Different and striking...

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MickyMc
MickyMc  7 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2008 - 3:43 PM

Works well I think
Mavis

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DaveGu
DaveGu e2 Member 7DaveGu vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2008 - 7:31 PM

Great shot, and really like the off centre comp.

Dave.

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RayEd
RayEd  6 Wales
5 Dec 2008 - 8:43 PM

Great title. Gets my vote.

Ray

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colin
colin  10697 forum posts Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2008 - 12:48 PM

Masterful play on words in the title.
Love it!
Colin

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DannyLenihan
8 Dec 2008 - 10:43 AM

Cheers all. I took the weekend off after naming this one!

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ChrisV
ChrisV  8874 forum posts United Kingdom26 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2008 - 12:29 PM

Horrible pun, nice shot. Plenty of drama in the lighting and I like the composition (including the one red nail).

Not very flattering though is it? I think I'd be strongly tempted to retouch - particularly the under-eye areas. Still deserves a vote.

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DannyLenihan
8 Dec 2008 - 1:16 PM


Quote: Horrible pun

It is genius. You are talking gonads Wink


Quote: Not very flattering though is it?

Does it have to be? I don't imagine Karsh was collared by people asking why his Churchill shot wasn't particularly flattering...

Try and look at the image for what it is, not what you imagine it should be.

I know it can be improved, and your critiques will always be welcome, i just don't think it's hugely valid on this occasion, but I'm sure others will disagree.

Cheers though.

Danny

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ChrisV
ChrisV  8874 forum posts United Kingdom26 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2008 - 12:15 PM

That's fair enough Danny - I made the comment without checking your porfolio, so I didn't know if it was deliberately left like that or not (I can see you certainly know what you're doing and it's a conscious decision). Seeing it was in the nude/glamour category I was making assumptions. I'd say as the 'artist' it's your call and if you don't think it's relevant, it's not relevant - I don't see that anyone could argue with that.

Do Gonads ride camels? - I can never remember, is that one lump or two? Wink

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DannyLenihan
9 Dec 2008 - 1:09 PM

Two, usually...

Thanks for taking the time to comment back though. That's what I love about this site, is that each individual has a totally different view of each shot.

I don't really do "flattering" - I mostly try to represent the models for what they are, although I confess to using a little PS work to make the shot work.

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