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Amore Mio! Quick pic while sitting on a window pane of our house in Vicenza, Italy
Quite like this the sharp outlines of shutters and windows, compared to the soft outlines and tones of the girl, nice one like it regards Leon.
Lovely atmospheric image, great tonal range and very dynamic pose. My first thought was to suggest that cropped to square format would be nice, without the shutters and the reflections ... but just spent a while playing with a couple of bits of paper either side to judge the effect and I actually prefer it the way you've already got it! The shutters provide a nice tunnel into the main subject - the girl herself in the window So the other suggestion would be crop a wee bit off the bottom, say to the bottom corners of the shutters and maybe a bit off the top as well - make it more letterbox style?
I love your idea and thank you for the constructive criticism. Although i think i might like it untouched from here. Reason being is that when the bottom edge of the shutters are in the frame the angels to it add a somewhat tunnel effect drawing you into the subject added with her gaze. I think is just unmistakable.
Nice mood of a sunday morning atmosphere.. Another version could be there.. with the girl looking out.. i feel that would also be interesting.
Mark - I think that's what I meant about leaving the shutters in ... when I said above about cropping them, I meant the edge at the extreme of the image frame, not the one further in - literally about 5mm up from the bottom. Probably didn't explain it very well, but I do agree about the angles. Either which way, it's an excellent image however you present it
When commenting on pieces of work, I find it so difficult not look at other people comments. This time is no different, at first glance I thought to myself there is something very appealing about this image, however my making the mistake once again of reading other people comments I soon began to recognise the meaning and the reasoning behind those comments. This image is so crammed packed with images within itself, it is very hard to actual find a main focal point. "Is it the sultry looking face of the model?" "Is it the gorgeous light that makes its path across her form?" "Is it the reflections in both of the open windows?" or "Is it the quietly burning cigarette?" So many questions need to be answered. The primary one I believe is to ask yourself, "What did you hope to achieve from this piece, or was it simply an opportunistic photograph?" Which they're so many beautiful ones that have now become 'Iconic pieces in their own right.
I am sorry If I spouted a load of **** but that what I see in this at first glance beautiful thought evoking and quite evocative photograph.
Well said Nathan! (Although I have to admit that I was so taken with the angles, framing and like you say "images within the image" that I didn't even notice the cigarette!! DOH!) Just goes to show how everyone sees different things.
I cannot thank all of you enough for the comments and constructive criticism! Please feel free to throw it as much as you like!
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