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Enemy behind!

By Bogwoppett
Another one in the series of female samurai.

I love the boots and the long length of the leg, aided by the perspective, giving a sense of depth. Then there's the moment's pause and glance behind, like a snapshot in the battle.

Tags: Black and white Specialist and abstract Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: Dave_Collier, NEWMANP, rws and 18 more

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pablophotographer 5 673 269
2 Oct 2012 9:55PM
Fearsome Wink

Lots to like in the picture, I shall agree with you regarding the left foot and the depth perspective it creates. I would hope to be more focused to instruct the model to straighten the sword at the back in parallel with the left leg. Another detail that could make it closer to the real samurais is the hair, they were caught tightly in a tail. A ponytail would also take the "myth" and give it a twist, especially since it blends with the mini skirt too. Young and deadly. the black and white option gives it a rough outlook also. Congratulations.

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3 Oct 2012 6:33AM
Thanks for your comments, Pablophotographer, and the points you mention are good. I find I'm less precise about the sword angle. It's close enough for my tastes and continues the diagonal just fine for me, and I'm struck by the thought that extra instruction to the model at the time might have led to a more "stiff" pose, which I would not have wanted, it still feels fluid, free.
The hair I like as it is, I had the option to put it in a ponytail, in fact the model offered to gather it, but I was wary of having too much samurai in the picture.
I didn't want to copy samurai too much, I wanted the pic to have it's own identity, to be modern, and the samurai suggestion that's in the pic with the two katana and the fighting stance is enough. More "Kill Bill" than "Rise of the Okinawa Clan" !!
The boots also bring their own statement to the whole, and push the image firmly in the present, modern age. This is no throwback, dumbly aping the culture of a past age, this is a modern multicultural situation, with a protagonist who's willing to learn from what's gone before, but is fully engaged in the moment. You can be sure she knows who to use those katana.
Young and deadly. Absolutely!
ugly Plus
8 9 57 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 7:04AM
I think this is a great image...
You are both nit picking to make an image stronger...
I think you got the image so well I given it my useer award...
Well done..
Great looking model and nice mono work...

kaybee 12 4.9k 25 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 8:52AM
I actually think it looks like quite a friendly behind
3 Oct 2012 1:50PM
Thankyou Dave!

Thankyou Roy!

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