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Girls & Guitars

By nineteen68  
Taken as part of western/cowgirl/country themed shoot, which to be honest I'm not entirely sure we nailed but I feel we got some great images anyway. This shot has only been cropped slightly and never had a head, can that still make it a portrait? Holly has a love for country music and her guitar and I wanted to capture this. I feel it could almost be an album cover or a tour poster. Thoughts as always gratefully received.

The colours have been tweaked as has the lighting and the levels.

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
11 Sep 2012 6:57AM
I like the texture on both the ground and the background wall, however I think the horizontal line can be rotated slightly to be 180 and ensuring the rotation aligns the vertical beam to the right at 90degrees to the ground.

I think the composition gives credit to universality of music rather than focusing on the musician. I don't mind the chopped head.

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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2012 4:17PM
I fully agree with Alastair here, and I feel that a level shot is paramount. The body being complementary to the guitar makes the top half irrelevant. Perhaps the model may feel a little bit ignored but it is in a good cause. However the shot being as it is, in answer to your question - I don't see it as a portrait.

I like your treatment of the final image.

11 Sep 2012 4:24PM
Hi Alistair, I agree, you modification looks better. Thanks to all for the feedback.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3849 Canada
11 Sep 2012 7:20PM
I like this shot. Alistair is right about the horizontal, however there is another issue that happend with a wide angle lens. When you tilt the camer down, as here, you introduce the issue of diverging verticals, which you can see by loking th the right side, where the frame (door?) is not vertical. So getting down lower can help reduce this by tilting the camera less.

I removed the lens distortion in the modification using Photops lens correction tools which have a profile of your lens.

Hope this is helpful,


11 Sep 2012 7:32PM
Thanks Willie.
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
11 Sep 2012 10:55PM
Had overlooked the diverging lines issue - will keep an eye for that too in the future both in my work and reviewing others'. Good point Willie.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 12:48PM
i like this a lot but id be tempted to crop just a bit of the base (a full decking strip to just under the feet) and a little off the top. i think that would concentrate attention onto the main A shape of the image . Id also be tempted to crop a strip onto the fence post to balance the left side better.

its a great and pretty brave crop to start with, dosnt need a nead at all. nice skin tones too on the legs.

well seen

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
13 Sep 2012 1:07PM
I think Phil's feedback is great too. Would definitely enhance the image
13 Sep 2012 4:45PM
Thanks Phil, Im still learning and all this critique is great.

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