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Li Harding

By Geraint
Some photos from a shoot for this wonderful jazz singer's forthcoming album. We wanted an old retro feel so shot around Cardiff Bay (as she is from there, and it's integral to her music), then inside in one of the pubs. Once the safety shots were covered I asked her to sing and tried to emulate the feel of a performance in a small corner of the pub! Critique welcomed....

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: mitchy81, Alan_Baseley, MediumSizeUnavailable and 32 more

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6 May 2010 8:22AM
An excellent set,

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digipix76 11 577 England
6 May 2010 8:48AM
V1's the killer shot for me Geraint.

6 May 2010 8:50AM
wonderful set of portrait images .... v1 and v2 for me ... angie
Richsr 10 91 223 England
6 May 2010 8:50AM
Good set of capture agree with Ian re version one the pose and light- shadows make this a excellent image.
Regards Richard
Vilcens 10 39 3 Latvia
6 May 2010 8:55AM
V1 is a real stunner. Lighting is perfect imho

freybird 11 1 England
6 May 2010 9:38AM
Great set of shots V1 probably my fave but also like 3 & 4. Geoff
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
6 May 2010 10:03AM
Thank you all and thanks Reluctant Fish for the GE Award! Much appreciated!
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
6 May 2010 2:42PM
Superb mono work, really full of life.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
6 May 2010 4:17PM
A superb set of images, great tones and fantastic mood with everyone, but V1 and V3 are just absolutely terrific images.....V1 is either the album cover or the inside sleeve cover, with V3 the other one, whichever way round.....just brilliant. Would make me pick it up in a record shop, definitely!
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
6 May 2010 4:28PM
Lots to like, good in mono with the high contrast, excellent exposure, sharp and good use of dof ( or blur)
However, She looks to me like she is smiling, and hitting her head on the microphone. I find this a bit confusing and not sure what you are trying to get across. I would liked to have seen an emotion and or a feel that she is singing, rather than this head down pose.
I think the lone pointing finger is a bit unfortunate as well.
She is a great subject, with good lighting.Can't help thinking this was so nearly a great shot.

You have reminded me of a shot i did,
mickp 11 9 7 United Kingdom
6 May 2010 5:06PM
Great set of images not sure about V6 though.
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
6 May 2010 7:41PM
Thanks everyone. Martin, it's my new ambition in life to take a photo that you absolutely fall in love with Wink This was shot at the time that she was singing; she just burst out laughing at one point and I took the shot. I liked the spontaneity of it; maybe it's one of those 'you had to be there' photos...

The light - it was window light with a guy on reflector duty to get it to 'kick' a little.

Martin - I loved that series you did with the jazz singer. I bought this microphone last year after having seen your photos; I've only used it twice but it's a good example of how a well-chosen prop can make a difference to a photo.

Thanks again!
stix 13 924 87 United Kingdom
6 May 2010 9:34PM

Quote:Martin, it's my new ambition in life to take a photo that you absolutely fall in love with

LOL, ok , I want Drama, emotion, animation, - well executed.
That's a challenge for me too.
soulofharmony 7 22 1 Norfolk Island
6 May 2010 11:37PM
breath taking !
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
7 May 2010 7:31AM
Thanks for the HC!
stevenb Plus
14 260 6 England
9 May 2010 6:45PM
Good story with photographs, well done.

Paul Morgan 16 19.1k 6 England
30 May 2010 10:31PM
Geraint, love the pointing finger in #1, adds to her emotion.

For me though #3 and #4 really shine.
HowardA 11 231
14 Jun 2010 10:37PM
Really enjoying v1 here! Nice punchy contrast really suits.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
14 Jul 2010 9:57PM
Great set, V1 is a standout.


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