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Rhian II

By Geraint
Another from the shoot. Thanks to all for the comments on yesterday's. I've tried to bear them in mind (especially Ketch's!), so I'm hoping this one conveys more of that pensive mood I was going for....Inclusion of more of the piano on the left (which would have been ideal) was not an option unfortunately as there was not enough room with the 70-200 lens. A wider lens didn't get the isolation I wanted from the background well enough...

Anyway, critique away!

Cheers,
Geraint

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Comments


Nikon_Tog 7 105 England
20 Aug 2010 12:26PM
I agree this one conveys more of the pensive mood. Also agree that not cropping the piano would have been ideal. If I was to be super critical pehaps her left eye is a little dark.

Also I might have cloned out the lines running down the background.

Might not sound like it but I do like this version.

Barry.

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SteveCharles 13 2.3k 18 England
20 Aug 2010 1:02PM
Nice mono, like the tonality. What's your b&w method, out of interest?

It's a nice, contained composition.

Don't like: Lines (pipes?) in background right next to her face. Dark left eye.

I think the shirt, cross legged pose and look make her look like a child/teen - the previous one was more sophisticated.
ketch 8 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
20 Aug 2010 1:28PM
Ahh the Gingham shirt and just a hint of passion too - still that wistful look that she does so very well but at least this time we are not being treated to the full up the nose shot.

Ok I think this is a rather better shot than before - I like the sub-concious reference to the bridge over the river Kwai and I also like that fact that as an subliminal advert for Guinness its excellent (nice link with black and white piano keys).

Technically - I think good separation from the background - the natural light is just enough although from the left eye back we are struggling a little to find detail perhaps. Yep a thumbs up from me - so what more do you want?

Comments about the pipework are a little picky I think - but fair it does sort of split the image in two maybe. I was going to make a comment about the photograph on the wall - only the photographer is not a member of the 'Tell It Like It Is Group' so had better not!!!

Cheers
knackeredoldman 7 120 7 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2010 1:30PM
Hi Geraint,

Cropping the piano is not a problem for me but I would try to 'fix' the pipes. Do you know any good plumbers?

I think the cropped pics / mirror in the BG are okay too because with one on each side they seem to balance each other out.

This outfit / pose combo seems more flattering to her too.

Good stuff sir.

Ade
SueEley 10 279 96 Wales
20 Aug 2010 5:20PM
To me she looks a bit self-satisfied in this one. Seem to be in a minority, though.
this one is much more nicer! i love this Smile
SlowSong Plus
7 6.1k 29 England
20 Aug 2010 6:13PM
I preferred yesterday's pose and like SueEley I'm not very drawn by her expression. Lovely mono tones though.
Geraint 9 715 34 Wales
20 Aug 2010 9:42PM
Thanks all. I love the divided opinions!

Steve - b&w was done via Nik Software's Silver Efex. I used the setting they have to emulate TMAX Pro, but I reduced the grain to zero.
brian1208 Plus
12 11.0k 12 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 10:07AM
I like this one, can't analyse why, it just has a lovely feel to it. (maybe its a combination of the lighting and the pose?)

Just a thought - I think its stronger with a little cropped off the bottom to lose that stray leg
SteveCharles 13 2.3k 18 England
21 Aug 2010 10:30AM

Quote:Steve - b&w was done via Nik Software's Silver Efex


Damn, thought you might say something like that, that costs money!
SlowSong Plus
7 6.1k 29 England
21 Aug 2010 10:43AM
Nik Silver Efex is brill. I don't use mine half enough. You've made me want to get it out again Geraint.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
21 Aug 2010 10:52AM
one of the eyes looks a bit odd

some coving or pipes right next to her head - could you have found a different angle?

nice to see Kawai getting credit where its due Wink)

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