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It's a good try, and Pamela and Willie have analysed why it doesn't quite come off.
It's an 'is what it is' sort of a shot: something you'd do because you like it, as a technical exercise to prove you can do it, or because you are getting paid for the result. There's nothing inherently good or bad with constructing a shot like this, providing it isn't pretending to be reality.
And welcome from me, too. I am sitting in a waterside taverna as I type, so my spelling may deteriorate as we go...
With apologies - I'm coming to this a few days late.
Belatedly, welcome from me, too.
I tend to agree with Paul about using only the central spot, ever.
Really characterful - a fine shot.
And welcome from me, too.
As you say, Paul, this wold stand quite a bit of change - this is certainly far from being the 'fully-informative' version with a tonal range that would be perceived as normal.
The EXIF data seems very odd: screamingly high IS for an outdoors shot, though the shutter speed and aperture suggest very low light levels...
And welcome from me, too.
This sort of issue comes up regularly in the Critique Gallery, though most posters lack your realism!
I think that others have said all that can be said on the technique side: I can only add that however good modern cameras are, they aren't perfect: the things that achieve the ultimate shots are the same as when wildlife photographers used plates instead of sensors - Practice, Practice, Practices; combined with Patience, Patience, and more Patience.
Coming late to the party, I think that most of what I feel has been said. This is a very powerful portrait.
Notwithstanding the lack of EXIF data and sharpness, this is a lovely and joyous picture.
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Added Date: 25/10/2014 - 10:54 PM
Some lovely observations here - and all seen through a finely-tuned eye!
Added Date: 01/04/2014 - 11:37 AM
You have a rare talent, infusing every picture with emotion and resonance. You see the relationships between things and people, between thoughts and emotions, and yo ushare them through your pictures.
Added Date: 29/03/2014 - 11:24 AM
A portfolio that never disappoints. A long series of lovely views, beautifully shot.
Added Date: 28/01/2014 - 2:48 PM
I love Rhodes, and particularly Lindos.
This portfolio reminds me why I want to go back there for another holiday - the warm sun, the ancient buildings, the friendly people and the lovely food and wine...
George - you're so lucky to live there - and I am so glad you share the view!
Added Date: 03/11/2013 - 1:57 PM
Careful, hard-working and methodical. Beautiful and thoughtful results.
Added Date: 24/04/2013 - 3:16 PM
They say artists transform suffering into beauty.
You are a true artist.
Added Date: 26/02/2013 - 6:53 PM
Some lovely, old-fashioned reportage here. Zappy colour and a lack of time and thought are popular these days: this is a wonderful antidote - especially from a young tog!
Added Date: 18/02/2013 - 8:26 AM
You have a quietly stunning portfolio: better than some who are full-time pro dance photographers.
I've tried, once or twice, to photograph dancers: it is not simple, and doing it as well as you do needs knowledge, experience, and precise timing.
I shall keep looking at new work as you post it...
Added Date: 10/01/2013 - 9:36 PM
After months (years?) of loooing at and usually voting for your pictures, Dave, I've played around with one in Elements.
This has given me evidence for what I sort-of saw anyway - you are a technical perfectionist, and get tones, colours and sharpness exactly where they need to be.
I wish I could do that...
Added Date: 19/11/2012 - 9:59 AM
An exceptionally lovely selection of pictures, and all wonderfully seen and shot.
Not many people have such a good eye and such a sure touch...
Added Date: 23/10/2011 - 2:58 PM
It's hard to know what to say about your portfolio, Rebekah - you do, with complete assurance and a wonderful flair, all those things that usually don't work. For you, they succeed!
There are a lot of people who bring digital art into disrepute, and I never fail to comment to that effect. But I'm always humbled by the way that you do it so differently, and so well.
It makes me think that it may be valid for some people (though not me, obviously) to use digital instead of film, all the time.
Keep it up. It's wonderful.
Added Date: 07/04/2008 - 7:24 AM
Your portfolio is, simply, one of the best on the site. Consistently inventive, humane and technically just right - it deserves vastly more votes than it has so far.
Keep it up - it's inspiring!
Added Date: 01/07/2007 - 9:18 AM
Wonderfully varied portfolio!
Added Date: 11/11/2006 - 10:51 AM
Wonderfully observed pictures - classic slow-burn reportage images.
Added Date: 31/05/2006 - 10:38 AM
Thanks for many interesting mods - I wish I could use PS as well as you do!
But your portfolio isn't "PS-heavy" - talent plus restraint is a really unusual combination!