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04/08/2013 - 4:26 PM

Making of an Idol...

Making of an Idol...It took me a few seconds, but the hand gesture made me understand the meaning of your shot. The forefront being lost in shadows, I could only guess the artisan is working on heads... I see you tried exposure compensation, but it might have been nice to see the light-bulb above. Unless my monitor needs to be calibrated again, all I see is a near burned out highlight. Overall, I think the idea for this shot is great, it just needs a little tweaking in the highlights and shadows. SmileSmile
19/07/2013 - 9:33 AM

Man'n'Cat

Man'n'CatAbsolutely splendid shot! Your FL, aperture, shutter speed and ISO, work so well for you. The resulting composition is original. The gent's eyes are closed, but it is the cat's eyes allied to the tonal similarity of hair and beard that produce a dynamically pleasant shot. Congratulations, this is quite an achievement. Cheers, Paul
Urban Life 9 - That Monday Morning feelingVery strong portrait! I imagine that if you slightly pull in the shadows and tweak the mid tones, you'll achieve a better balance between background and foreground, and likely a sharper facial expression. On the other hand, I also understand you wanted to maintain the brooding atmosphere. It is just that the eye is drawn to the very brightly contrasted background. Regardless, your portrait does achieve the impact you wanted to give it. Bravo. Smile
10/07/2013 - 9:14 AM

Freckles and speckles part 2

Freckles and speckles part 2Part 2 is a much better shot than the previous one (about which I was about to make a comment. In the meantime, I think you saw the problem, thus part 2). First, no question that freckles and background work together in both by providing a rather interesting contrast. Now, in part 2, you have an improved focus on the face (including the striking hair colour), and thus come up with an excellent portrait that oozes intensity, unlike the first one. The only comment I might have concerns your crop. I would say cut at or just below the elbow to avoid a distracting body prolongation (furthermore, as we move down the image, the greenish coloration increases). This said, I must compliment you on your talent. You have an excellent eye. Smile
09/07/2013 - 11:00 AM

Not Impressed

Not ImpressedNot surprising you were ahead of the crowd! The D3, from all accounts, is an outstanding camera. Thus the selected ISO in your shot is quite well adapted to stand out where flash becomes a second choice. RegardsSmile
09/07/2013 - 9:24 AM

Friends

FriendsA striking portrait of two friends! I particularly appreciate the way your camera catches their gaze. Interestingly enough, we seem to have two different skin colours. I suspect it has to do with the way light catches their faces. Thus, there are sharper details on the right-hand side. This being the case, I would prefer cropping a cm below the elbow in order to retain the more dramatic image. It seems to me that by going below the elbow tends to dissipate the sharper focus. This said, I maintain my first impression, this is indeed a striking portrait. Thank youSmile
26/06/2013 - 11:52 AM

Penny alone

Penny aloneFor me it is V2 without a question. Why, because this portrait loses the very strong lines of the first one (almost overpowering lines) and frames it in an exceptional way. All this because of the mirror interplay. It is almost as if we had a frame within a frame. Second, in the first version we cannot guess the round shape is that of the subject, whereas in the second it helps enter the successive reflections right to the photographer who plays an active part in the scene. Furthermore, the blurred depth of field softens the entire image. An exceptional portrait! Congratulations,
Paul
26/06/2013 - 11:23 AM

Girl on the rocks

Girl on the rocksEither a fill flash or even better a white reflector would have done marvels here to preserve both your model's facial expression and the details of the rock in an otherwise interesting setting. Regards,
Paul
A Cesar Manrique sculpture at his home.Am I wrong, but you should explain this is taken at the Cesar Manrique (1919-1992) foundation (his home though) created shortly before his death at Tahiche, a village located on the island of Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain). You are showing one of his famous sculptures. You have nicely captured the association nature and art, Manrique's trademark. He is a very important artist associated with Spanish abstract art. The garden of his home is an outstanding place to visit. Thanks for sharing,
Paul
24/06/2013 - 10:13 AM

It's the Brick Lane, stupid

It's the Brick Lane, stupidNicely done humorous statement! Technically, there seems to be a slight loss of sharpness due to your camera settings. This is quite noticeable as the left-side subject's bag and arm catch the sun and do indeed carry more detail. A little more punch to this excellent capture would have even brought additional points. Regards,
Paul,
24/06/2013 - 10:03 AM

Rhythm of city

Rhythm of cityWhat an eye, this is excellent! The half-circle in the background seems to come alive as it appears to be prolonged by the subject's dynamic step. Everything works together to offer one of those rare moments of photographic epiphany. I won't even mention the perfect camera settings. Regards,
Paul
23/06/2013 - 2:33 PM

Bodypaint

BodypaintInteresting quite elaborate photograph. Would be interesting to know how it was all done. Quite an achievement to manage colour and facial expression. It all seems to work together. I like the model's posture somewhat at an angle, it avoids too symmetrical a portrait and concords with the approach. A point caught my attention though. What is the black semi-circle just below the hands? Could it be cleaned up as well as the spot of colour below the breast? Other than that, what a fine job. Cheers,
Paul
23/06/2013 - 12:15 PM

Juju

JujuDifficult to modify such an excellent portrait. In my feeble attempt, I have tried to tone down the highlights to avoid too sharp a contrast between body and skin face. As you can see the studio spots shine brightly on her forehead. Now, it is clear the portrait's magic resides in the smile and eye contact, and this must absolutely remain as sharp. Not sure I have contributed anything, but thanks for the opportunity. Cheers.
23/06/2013 - 9:33 AM

Cycling at Piazza del Duomo

Cycling at Piazza del DuomoIn v. 2, the background isn't as blurry, thus the scene appears more realistic. In v. 1, we have the opposite, but once we understand the intent, it all falls into place. To me, the way you have frame your shot is quite good, as the tip of the side-walk leads to the bicycle, whereas the rest of the side-walk leads to the background. Furthermore, it is quite evident that blurring the background places the accent on the cyclist. Consequently, I understand why this is your favourite shot. Cheers,
Paul
11/06/2013 - 12:23 PM

The Bouliste

The BoulisteGreat! I like the subject's expression and, of course, the hand gesture. It perfectly reveals the subject's concentration on the boulle's flight, even though it isn't visible. From a technical point of view, I think that while the player's face is correctly lit, there are some excessive highlights, particularly on his right hand. Similarly, the second log and middle-ground could be toned down. Otherwise, what an excellent action shot. Cheers,
Paul
04/06/2013 - 11:21 AM

Nude on location

Nude on locationAs with previous shots, the idea is just great. I like the juxtaposition of model and door, and the interplay you work on. I very much like the capture of the door in this last shot, the colours are great, though I am not too certain about how to understand your subject's posture. There seems to be an opposition between the arm holding the doorknob and the feet, which suggest a movement forward, especially because the lesser amount of light seems to emphasise by sculpting them in a beautifully focussed way. On the other hand, the arm receives more light and, consequently, lacks definition. The arm being quite extended, I wondered if she was about to let go of the doorknob? In my view, if there was more arm definition, you would create a rather pleasant link between the sole of the model's feet and the extended arm, thus reinforcing the link between door and model. Regardless, however, I do appreciate your experimentation with forms and colour. Cheers,
Paul
20/05/2013 - 2:38 PM

Nicole.

Nicole.Lovely photograph of a delightful model. I'd say her feet are OK because they appear as an expressive part of the simply suggested rest of the body. The one thing I was wondering about concerns the highlights at the forefront. Whereas the model's face and body are well defined, the one hand is not as it appears to blend in with the white sheet, itself reduced to a few folds. Now, this is not unpleasant as we have a very striking close-up of the model's face, but I just thought seeing more of her fingers and nails might result in an even more strikingly realistic portrait. In conclusion though, I can only agree about the quality of your work. Cheers,
Paul
11/05/2013 - 12:40 PM

Up She Goes

Up She GoesGreat shot, perfectly catching the moment. The composition is quite nice as it stands, though I wondered what would happen if it had been taken just a bit closer to the group. Would it have eliminated the white outline around each subject? In this instance, would cropping just below the darkest spot in the left-hand side corner help reducing the numerous horizontal lines? No, don't change anything, I am just very appreciative of your shot. Cheers,
Paul
09/05/2013 - 5:07 PM

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden FruitIt is obvious you worked on this shot. The apple is an interesting gimmick, if one could only see it is an apple studded with nails. Now could you have done the same thing without the apple. Perhaps not, because of the originality of the position, the elongated arms, the legs, the exaggerated collarbone, the oddly defiant face, all resulting in an insect-like look, a creature to escape from! Thus, the "forbidden fruit" idea fails while being rescued by the singularity of the shot. I must confess that before reading your description, I thought you had used a strange looking insect to keep up with the emerging theme. (Do clean up the wisp of hair under the armpit, it looks slightly odd.) Yes, I think I'll vote for this shot. It is quite original, as I see it, a take-off on the girlie logo seen here and there. Cheers,
Paul
08/05/2013 - 11:44 AM

The Lone Ranger

The Lone RangerNow, this is what I call photography, and as it appears here it can take its rightful place among other artistic productions! As an invented composition, this scene has all the needed attributes to simulate an intriguing atmosphere. The one thing I would perhaps suggest is erasing the child's left foot. It appears rather indefinite, too dark (even on my calibrated monitor), and is in the direct prolongation of the one at the right of your superbly positioned subject. Congratulations,
Paul