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Some photos from a shoot for this wonderful jazz singer's forthcoming album. We wanted an old retro feel so shot around Cardiff Bay (as she is from there, and it's integral to her music), then inside in one of the pubs. Once the safety shots were covered I asked her to sing and tried to emulate the feel of a performance in a small corner of the pub! Critique welcomed....

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:various: 50mm, 85mm, 17-40mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Li Harding
Username:Geraint Geraint
Uploaded:6 May 2010 - 8:19 AM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13321 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 8:22 AM

An excellent set,
Alan

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
6 May 2010 - 8:48 AM

V1's the killer shot for me Geraint.

Ian

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angie44
angie44  5
6 May 2010 - 8:50 AM

wonderful set of portrait images .... v1 and v2 for me ... angie

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 8:50 AM

Good set of capture agree with Ian re version one the pose and light- shadows make this a excellent image.
Regards Richard

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Vilcens
Vilcens  739 forum posts Latvia3 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 8:55 AM

V1 is a real stunner. Lighting is perfect imho

Vilcens

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freybird
freybird  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 9:38 AM

Great set of shots V1 probably my fave but also like 3 & 4. Geoff

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 10:03 AM

Thank you all and thanks Reluctant Fish for the GE Award! Much appreciated!

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 2:42 PM

Superb mono work, really full of life.

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johnnyboy114
6 May 2010 - 4:17 PM

A superb set of images, great tones and fantastic mood with everyone, but V1 and V3 are just absolutely terrific images.....V1 is either the album cover or the inside sleeve cover, with V3 the other one, whichever way round.....just brilliant. Would make me pick it up in a record shop, definitely!

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 4:28 PM

Lots to like, good in mono with the high contrast, excellent exposure, sharp and good use of dof ( or blur)
However, She looks to me like she is smiling, and hitting her head on the microphone. I find this a bit confusing and not sure what you are trying to get across. I would liked to have seen an emotion and or a feel that she is singing, rather than this head down pose.
I think the lone pointing finger is a bit unfortunate as well.
She is a great subject, with good lighting.Can't help thinking this was so nearly a great shot.

You have reminded me of a shot i did,
here
Martin

Last Modified By stix at 6 May 2010 - 4:29 PM

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mickp
mickp e2 Member 8mickp vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 5:06 PM

Great set of images not sure about V6 though.
Mick

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 7:41 PM

Thanks everyone. Martin, it's my new ambition in life to take a photo that you absolutely fall in love with Wink This was shot at the time that she was singing; she just burst out laughing at one point and I took the shot. I liked the spontaneity of it; maybe it's one of those 'you had to be there' photos...

The light - it was window light with a guy on reflector duty to get it to 'kick' a little.

Martin - I loved that series you did with the jazz singer. I bought this microphone last year after having seen your photos; I've only used it twice but it's a good example of how a well-chosen prop can make a difference to a photo.

Thanks again!

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stix
stix e2 Member 9924 forum postsstix vcard United Kingdom87 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2010 - 9:34 PM


Quote: Martin, it's my new ambition in life to take a photo that you absolutely fall in love with

LOL, ok , I want Drama, emotion, animation, - well executed.
That's a challenge for me too.

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soulofharmony
6 May 2010 - 11:37 PM

breath taking !

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Geraint
Geraint  7715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2010 - 7:31 AM

Thanks for the HC!

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stevenb
stevenb e2 Member 11260 forum postsstevenb vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2010 - 6:45 PM

Good story with photographs, well done.

Bill

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315154 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2010 - 10:31 PM

Geraint, love the pointing finger in #1, adds to her emotion.

For me though #3 and #4 really shine.

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HowardA
HowardA  7231 forum posts
14 Jun 2010 - 10:37 PM

Really enjoying v1 here! Nice punchy contrast really suits.
Howard

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10818 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2820 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2010 - 9:57 PM

Great set, V1 is a standout.

W

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