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Mirrored Lady

By Pollyjc
Saw this in a hairdressers window display. This was difficult to set, as the sun shone straight into the window & I didn't want any of the background colour to reflect back but there's just a 'tad'.

Tags: Silver Mirrors Mannequin Shining Humour and fun

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paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2014 12:48PM
Interesting, but I would have either got in closer or cropped all the window frames off, just leaving the figure. Much more impact then.


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mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2014 1:53PM
The strange figures that inhabit shop displays and look out at us as we look in at them... This is a subject close to my heart (see my upload today). I used to see one of these mirrored figures regularly from the bus - by the time I bothered to get off a few stops early it had disappeared.

You did well to avoid reflections in the glass here. Cut-off feet always look awkward, a higher viewpoint looking down would have included the mannequin's feet but the angle on the glass would probably have increased reflected light and reduced quality. As it is I would go for a much tighter crop (there's scope for a very satisfying square here). The less background, context, explanation that a subject like this has the better I reckon - it adds to the intensity and the mystery.

The alternative, which I suggest that you try, is to press the lens up against the window and go wide angle. I'm not sure if the mannequin was far enough away from the glass for your lens to focus, a rubber lens hood gives that bit more distance and flexibility.

I would also like to add a bit more contrast and boost the darker tones. I love the reflected sparkle on the wall, a bit more contrast would enhance that.

You wanted to avoid the background colour - as this is essentially a 'natural mono' image, b&w conversion would tidy the colour issue nicely!

I'll upload a Modification or two in a little while.
22 Apr 2014 3:55PM
Thank you Moira & Paul for both taking the time for feedback & mods. I couldn't get any closer, it was a bit awkward with sun direction, people & traffic, same for not being able to get any height (nothing to stand on walls etc) I wasn't sure whether to crop in as tight but these look great thanks. It gives me the confidence to crop tighter on some images.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3530 Canada
22 Apr 2014 4:07PM
Moira mean press the lens hood against the window Polly, just to make sure its clear. Not the window, the suggestion...

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3530 Canada
22 Apr 2014 4:36PM
I missed this until I saw it in the approval q.

I like it, and am interested also in those light spots reflected from the model.

Ive uploaded something different, another way to look at it. Its straightened also. Lots of good advice above, tighter crop is good, just wondered what I would do if I ddnt crop.



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