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Lost in the Infinity

By Graham_Rainham
The fabulous "Ayla" taken in the infinity cove at Festival Studios.

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mudge 19 1.0k 75 England
31 May 2015 3:12PM
A lovely image (colour, composition and smile)
Maybe the image is a little too small (but no doubt many will not agree with me on that point!)
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1878 England
31 May 2015 3:17PM
An interesting idea, Graham. It's a good use of a vehicle-sized infinity cove, and it's close to working.

For me, it doesn't quite, because Ayla's so dead central in the frame. I'd want to put her on the thirds (mod 1), or possibly right in a corner (mod 2).

Other unusual crops will also work, and the canvas is easy to extend in any direction.

I'm slightly tempted to 'clean up' the foreground, and get rid of the hint of shadow, but the part of me that likes pictures grounded in gritty reality insists there should be some sign of the real world!

I'm sure you're aware of the benefits of cropping closer, in terms of quality, and this is a conscious use of 'negative space' - the only thing, as I've said, is that I think the space needs to be focussed, so to speak!

Good use of light, and of a lovely model and costume.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2459 United Kingdom
31 May 2015 4:44PM
I like her sense of fun...

Quote:I'm slightly tempted to 'clean up' the foreground, and get rid of the hint of shadow, but the part of me that likes pictures grounded in gritty reality insists there should be some sign of the real world!

I definitely think the hint of shadow is important, without it she becomes detached from her space.

Central placement doesn't work for me. It's somehow defensive, it blocks the viewer's access to the frame rather than inviting us in. John's modifications both work for me. She still has her airy space, but she looks more comfortable in it and invites us into it.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4268 Canada
31 May 2015 6:25PM
You have some very nice shots in your PF, including one of this model shot on the same day thats really first class.

So, you know what youre doing, and I guess your looking for feedback on the concept more than on any technical aspect.

I think she is too small in the large area also, but since the off-centre crops are done, I tried something that keeps here right where she is, but makes her appear larger. For me, square works with central in many cases.

If we could see this full size and at the resolution it was shot at, I think it would have a great deal more impact.

I also brightened the lower area, warmed it a little.


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
31 May 2015 7:23PM
I do appreciate the attempt to move away from the more common presentation. Unfortunately, for me, she is just too small and I struggle with what you intend. Infinity is a long way away and her position is finite. Blown up, her face is very soft so cropping is probably out.

Good try, but would prefer a full frame.

1 Jun 2015 11:09AM
This image was taken as the "test shot" of the person in the infinity cove at Festival Studios on Canvey Is..

Ayla had just finished a set with another photographer and was resting. As I was working at a different ISO setting to the others, I attached the flash trigger and took the shot without looking, just to see if the exposure was correct for my system.

The image is virtually straight out the camera, with just my "standard" adjustments made by DxO Optics Pro Elite.

Having never used an infinity cove before, this one is much bigger than most, so I used this one in a similar way to "situation/positioning" shots that we take on locations.

Her expression, says it all... It was a great set and a lot of fun.

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