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By paulbroad
Another old one. Andrea had come up with some ideas of her own and we tried to shoot them. This is at a ruined farm house on the local river bank and she had to be careful of broken glass and barbed wire! Note the dirty feet.

Really nice to have a model like this who really enjoyed herself. A couple of anglers nearly had heart attacks.

The building leans a bit, which may, or may not distract?

Mamiya 645. 80mm. Ilford XP2 at ISO400. Hand metered with Weston Euromaster on incident light. About 1/500 @ f8. weak flash fill. Tripod.

Home processed in XP2 chemicals. Scanned at 2400 dpi with Epson 4990. Cleaned up, contrast adjusted, smart sharpen.


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dudler Plus
13 464 882 England
13 Mar 2014 7:35AM
Paul, I am not sure how many people will notice the building... And, given that the contrast is between Andrea's perfection and the rough old location, leaning may well add to the effect.

This is tonally lovely - I wish I could scan my negs and prints as well as you have.

Good use of limited depth of field to emphasise the model and separate her from the darker background, and Andrea is wearing a shy and rhather endearing smile, as she gently occupies the Thirds i nthe composition.

Less in your face than many such model-grunge combinations, and mybe al lthe better for that!

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Coast 8 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2014 7:14PM
A lovely subject and well executed technically. As Dudler say's the scan is excellent with a lovely tonal range.

I find the pose a little odd as I'm left wondering why is she crawling around in the grass in this fashion. Perhaps she lost an earring : )

Other than that everything else here has been done very well. Nice and sharp, lovely eyes with detail and life, great tonal control of the highlights and shadows. Perhaps some subtle vignetting by darkening the edges of the frame may help but this would be down to personal preference rather than something that is missing in the process.

8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2014 10:07PM
As an exercise in scanning and converting a conventional wet print to a digital format its a great result. the original must have been well taken, exposed and processed correctly with a full range of tones.

now i understand its totally subjective image wise, but i do not really get this type get the pose, i mean when was the last time you saw a beauty on all fours gardening in underwear, there is no graphic or pictorial approach to the pose which is less that attractive and does not really glorify the female form and there are way too many bricks scattered around. all in all its a very unusual and undignified position and im surprised to hear it was one of the models suggestions.
technically good but compositionally its not one i appreciate so i am sorry i cant be more constructive on this one.

pablophotographer 5 678 269
13 Mar 2014 11:27PM
Hi Paul,

I will agree with the quality of the scan, technicalities of picture and beauty of model. I think Andrea is bang on the centre, which although not bad, has allowed the large rock behind her feet and the door to be visible; I would have moved the lens a bit to the left so they are not in the picture.

paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2014 9:11AM
Interesting and a bit amusing. I suspect a few have not seen the cheesy glamour magazines? They used to circulate at work quite a bit, industrial plant control rooms usually have a few mags in cupboards. The hands and knees pose is a bit of a standard. Supposed to be a bit sexy.

It was actually her idea. It may, or may not work, and that is subjective and up for discussion as is the purpose of this section but, believe me, it's not an unusual pose in the cheesy glamour area. They sometimes have even less clothes on than here.

I think this type of shot is not realistic and not meant to be. It is a bit voyeuristic (cant spell it!) Appreciation will depend on outlook. Carry on.

iancrowson 6 211 142 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2014 2:16PM
As commented above this is very good technically. A good example of presenting BW film images in the new digital format.
I understand and enjoy the pose but then it is contemporary to my youth and my exposure to those top shelf mags we all 'enjoyed'. More suggestive than explicit.
I could probably dig out a few my similar images from the 70's although not of the technical quality of this.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 2:51PM
The scan is from film rather than the print. Best go for the maximum quality and that has to be the negative if available.


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