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Why do I like this? Let me count the ways?

By dudler
Well, it ticks the Saturday shadows box, for starters. Lighting by IKEA, giving lots of light and shade with an Isbrytare spotlight.

Homemade pinhole lens, from the time I realised that an electronic viewfinder and high ISO allowed me to shoot handheld pinholes. I made the one I used here from a Minolta 35-70 zoom that disintegrated: I removed the lens elements that hadn't already fallen out, and put some aluminium foil over the front. Quick pinprick, and sorted - and a longer focal length than using a body cap with a hole in it.

And a wonderful side-effect of the pinhole: my model, Vicky, is not really identifiable as an individual, but starts to represent all women.

Not to mention the fact that this doesn't seem to need sharpness to work, which is always nice as a counter to the 'more quality is better' view.

I hope you like it, too.

Tags: Portraits and people Saturday shadows Vicky P

Voters: mrswoolybill, woolybill1, RLF and 59 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2267 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 8:45AM
When dappled light creates its own forms and structure. Love this.
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 8:47AM
Wonderful piece of art.
It's not simply a photo ... it's a creationWink
woolybill1 Plus
13 34 76 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 8:48AM
These days sharpness tends to be overrated, I think. Softness is all in this photo.
Alfie_P Plus
13 682 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 8:50AM
Absolutely wonderful image, love it John ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 8:51AM
Brilliant - beautifully soft which lets ones imagination take over. Instant UA.
Mysterious, enigmatic and engaging. Great compositionGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 8:56AM
A moody and very impressive image.

johnke Plus
7 223 16 England
1 Aug 2020 9:03AM
As much as most don't realize we use this light stuff to create our art in many different ways, as in your image painted and controlled, i doesnt know much about this technical stuff but I know what I likes...John
James_C Plus
11 38 57 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 9:11AM
Not sure about it but definitely interesting...
saltireblue Plus
10 11.0k 67 Norway
1 Aug 2020 9:18AM
Synergy and T.E.A.M.
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.6k 7 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 9:41AM
If Murray Walker was commentating on this shot he'd be running wild just now.
kaybee 16 7.4k 26 Scotland
1 Aug 2020 10:00AM
jacomes Plus
5 26 16 Portugal
1 Aug 2020 10:36AM
Great photo John. The light, shadows and soft grainy image add to a lovely portrait of a mysterious woman lost in her thoughts.
Even the little blemish on her arm doesn't matter.
1 Aug 2020 11:40AM
Superb effect. Nothing at fault here.
mac Plus
19 8 Scotland
1 Aug 2020 12:47PM
It certainly disguises the identity of the lady and reduces her to a vague image of womanhood. Is she old or young or does it matter? The graininess also adds to the mystery.
KingBee Plus
14 542 2 Scotland
1 Aug 2020 1:11PM
Wonderful stuff. And, as I've intimated before, it's really refreshing to see the work of someone who doesn't believe an unsharp image is necessarily a bad thing. Your image today demonstrates that in spades.

1 Aug 2020 1:46PM
A creative and arty interpretation - like it a lot.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
1 Aug 2020 2:13PM
So lost in thought. Like a dream vision. I love this kind of image.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 5:26PM
A beautiful moody capture
1 Aug 2020 8:53PM
a lovely piece of photographic art
Yogendra 16 22 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 9:46PM
It is sort of like gesture poses in figure drawing classes, John.

Manas 9 India
10 Aug 2020 7:08AM
Amazingly beautiful.


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