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Upstairs Downstairs

By SteveMoulding  
Second in my series of 'Out of my Comfort Zone' experiments. This time candid shots of people. These were taken on a recent trip to Beaulieu in the house and grounds. I'm not sure how good they are but your opinions, good or bad are very much appreciated. The Parlour Maid in traditional dress and the Lord of the Manor with his Estate manager.
Many thanks for C&C's on my uploads every single one is very much appreciated.
I haven't had much time to comment myself lately but I will always endeavor to catch up with you as soon as I can.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Tags: General Portraits and people

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16 Oct 2009 4:34PM
Great shots Steve - V1 is absolutely superb, wonderful image, great light captured, and love the title, perfect !


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paulett 7 19 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 4:56PM
lovely picture!

ChrisV Plus
9 1.3k 26 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 4:59PM
I'm not mad about the second image tbh - it isn't all that well balanced and the elements aren't giving much of a narrative or emotional resonance.

The first image is far more successful IMO - there's a nice atmosphere and considering there's such a wide dynamic range, the important bits of the subject are pretty well exposed. I do think there's probably too much of the dark landing to the left of the image, which for me pulls the overall tonal balance too much away from the figure. The modification is mostly done to show how it might look cropped. I don't think the toning adds anything at all to your original, but it's there simply as an alternative take.

You get my vote for image #1!
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
16 Oct 2009 5:23PM
V1 for me too looks the part ..... thanks for sharing Colin
shandoor 7 1 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 5:24PM
Super image V1 and well done for getting out of your comfort zone and you have done very well here
16 Oct 2009 5:36PM
Wonderful light hitting parts in V1. I was so sure V2 was going to be her going up the stairs I have to say I was dissapointed. But like V2 also........Sandy
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 5:41PM
two crackers steve but v1 which is my favourite is stunning wonderful light great comp it's just stunning nice one Wink
maggieh 8 4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 5:52PM
V1 for me too the light is great and you have caught the maid at just the right time.
hary60 7 2 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2009 8:39PM
V1 for me Steve very well done
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
16 Oct 2009 8:53PM
priceless images
16 Oct 2009 9:03PM
Fine images Steve ,well done indeed

Thank You Sir for your UA
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
16 Oct 2009 9:09PM
Both such interesting images. Like the vehicle in V2 but as with all those above, has to be V1 for me this time.

gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
17 Oct 2009 1:55AM
V2 is a great shot but another in the V1 camp just brilliant. - gary
Ray42 8 3 England
17 Oct 2009 9:09AM
Two very good shots particularly v1 - I agree with ChrisV's mod but I think it may be better in a b&w mono
goso 10 2 1 Australia
17 Oct 2009 9:21AM
Vers.1 for me Steve - congrats on getting out of your "comfort zone"...Bill
17 Oct 2009 9:37AM
Two super shots.
Thushari 7 1 Sri Lanka
17 Oct 2009 9:57AM
Great shot Steve, like V1. excellent light and wonderful capture.
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 1:22PM
Good work with V1, Steve. Perfectly exposed for contrast in dark & light without bleaching the white. Well done.
V2 would have been better imo if you could have made more of a feature of that wonderful old car.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
17 Oct 2009 3:37PM
Both are excellent.

PattiW 11 24 2 United States
17 Oct 2009 5:02PM
Steve, both are wonderful! V1 ia my favorate because I really love what you have done with the light and shadows here. And you have still succeeded in keeping the sharpness in the face and hands when viewed large. God bless, Patti
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2009 6:18PM
Fine shots. Brian
astyag 9 12
17 Oct 2009 6:54PM
Sunrays, steps, not looking at the camera lens. all give hand in hand to make this image beautiful and artistic
18 Oct 2009 1:28AM
thank you have a new comfort level.. these are great
Dave_Holdham 7 4 1 Wales
18 Oct 2009 7:39AM
Two great timeless images, v1 has superb lighting and detail, well captured
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2009 1:01PM
You do not look to be out of your comfort zone with v1 it is wonderful

sable 8 9 7 England
18 Oct 2009 1:51PM
V1 is my choice and whilst I like the 'mod' I think that the original has got much more atmosphere to it - Elizabeth
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2009 5:31PM
V2 is a good composition, but it seems a little bright, however, V1 is superb - well taken!
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
18 Oct 2009 10:28PM
v1 for me.lesley
ctxuk 7 7 1 England
19 Oct 2009 2:21PM
Like this a lot steve
31 Oct 2009 11:25PM
Fabulous images.Great lighting & atmosphere in V1.Love it.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
22 Nov 2009 10:13PM
V1 is excellent but I quite like v2 too
11 Mar 2010 8:40AM
Hi Steve, This one is very well composed and the light gives it a 'whow' factor. Being in the right place at the right time!!! Great.
Pete Howe
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 8:44AM
well for me the light in v1 is superb, and a very nice candid in v2 but v1 gets the click


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