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Courtney 5

By Backabit      
Going though the moods and poses, this is probably the second to last post in the Courtney series - we have just booked another shoot in a fortnight to help extend her portfolio ( and to redo the images that I got wrong! )

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people Courtney Location shoot

Voters: ken j., gwynn56, Drummerdelight and 18 more

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barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2016 12:40PM
great shoes as a bonus
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2016 1:55PM
Fab shoes Grin

I think this is really good, and shows a wonderfully contemplative feeling. So what I'm going to say now is definitely just a thought on my part, to do with psychology and where you crop an image ...

That bottom step, because it's got 'space' underneath it, sort of gives the image a feeling of uncertainty and implied instability (I'm talking emotionally here, by the way, not photography-wise!). I'm wondering how much it would change the 'feeling' of the image to crop the bottom up fractionally, so that the lowest step that her shoes are on is the solid base to the image ... ?

Just an idle thought on my part though, so if you feel it's absolute hogwash feel free to disagree Grin

11 Jul 2016 5:07PM
I have another shoot with her in a couple of weeks - I will tell her about the shoes.....

Who am I to argue with psychology ( and it would have negated the first 17 years of my working life .....)

So 2 comments

I'd have liked to have said " well spotted Tanya that is exactly the effect I was looking for ! Courtney contemplating the uncertainties of life at a vulnerable period.... (and what a good title by the way) the cropping was absolutely intentional to create that effect "......but then my parents told me not to lie ......

So totally get where you are coming from - uploaded an amended version --- do you think it makes a difference? I am not sure but I am fascinated to see how others receive it . Psychologically .

Thanks, as ever, for the observation .

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2016 10:17AM

Quote:I will tell her about the shoes.....

It's a girl thing ... she'll get it Wink

The amended version does actually make a different (well, to my eyes anyway ...) and it's exactly where I was thinking of the crop Smile It's a very interesting observation you make when you say about a young lassie contemplating the uncertainties of life at a vulnerable age/stage of life. Because that's exactly what the space under the stair made me feel. Having a solid space underneath her feet (the metaphorical means of getting out of/going through the situation) changes that feeling. Not a massive amount and not enough to make it a completely different picture, but enough to put a different slant on the image.

So yeah, good job done on your part. Not only is it a well composed, well taken image it's also got the 'thinking' aspect to it - and that makes it successful Grin

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
12 Jul 2016 1:23PM
I prefer the original image: the cropped version feels constrained and cramped.

I think this is vaguely related to the discussion with Tanya, but not in quite the way the two of you articulate: it's more about being in a big world. That's largely lost in the tighter crop. (This is quite odd, as i'd often be suggesting a tighter crop...)
17 Jul 2016 6:05PM
Which is interesting because, while respecting Tanya's comment, I prefer the uncropped version ..and I don't really know why .....

dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
17 Jul 2016 7:39PM
I have a feeling that Tanya was simply saying a slight crop makes a significant difference: not that the crop was better...

I have a feelign we all prefer the uncertainty, for the reason Tanya set out... She may tell us I am wrong about that, but it's my interpretation.

And even if others disagreed with you, your own choice is absolutely valid. It is yoru picture, and there are very few occasions when any of us would be dogmatically saying 'X is wrong'!
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2016 9:26AM
I'm totally with John on this ... it's surprising how 'just' a crop can change the feeling within an image. Shifting the focus of attention onto something else, highlighting another area otherwise unnoticed ... and it's all personal choice.

I'm the first one to say that there's no right or wrong with imagery - if it looks good to you, as the photographer, then it's 'right' for you!

I'm not sure I'd say I prefer 'uncertainty' at all, just that sometimes that feeling of safety within an image is okay, but not necessarily enough to make something stand out from the plethora of other images out there.

Always go with your gut instinct with your imagery - and if your conviction is certain, then don't let anyone tell you otherwise Grin

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