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Sitting pretty

By becklespeckle
Taken in studio as part of my college coursework at f/11 and 1/4 sec. Comments/criticisms welcome.

Tags: Fashion Black and white Studio portrait Portraits and people

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riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
13 May 2008 11:37AM
I'd have gone for a stronger backlight to brighten the white cloth (and get rid of the distracting wrinkles, the skin tones for me are just verging on being overexposed.

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SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
13 May 2008 11:39AM
Interesting. I saw this pic and was intrigued by the pose and the tension in the arms, and what feels like a tension in the face too, and wondered if this might be a gothic (not Goth) theme or undercurrent. Then I saw the title, which although she's a pretty girl, didn't seem to match the mood of the picture.

Sometimes the way one presents a photograph has a big percentage of importance in how it's perceived by the viewer. Titles, framing, pose - and my thinking is that you need another title to match what's actually in the photo.

If you were aiming for a pretty portrait then there are loads of things I would suggest, and they would involve the pose of the arms and the head, the direction of the gaze, the way the foot is distorted by the lens ..
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 1:25PM
If you want the viewer to focus on the face I am not sure this pose works well. What I see is big dark foot, small white face.

ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
13 May 2008 3:47PM
notnhing wrong with a nice foot cath Smile

though I think the main issue you've got here is a slow shutter and lack of sharpness

the rest's been said
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
13 May 2008 6:31PM
Agree with the above, Would add that the lighting is somewaht unbalanced & the pose looks awkward and uncomfortable for the model, This translates into what appears to be a less than happy expression....!
16 May 2008 2:40PM
Thanks guys for your useful comments. I was attempting a fashion type shot rather than a portrait, which is why there's less emphasis on the face. I chose mel as my model because there does seem to be a sense of gothic undertones to her style I guess this comes across in the image. Photographically I agree it could have been a lot sharper.

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