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Through the grass

By Holly25
A photo I took my my younger sister for my Photography A-level exam.

I appreciate critique, advice and tips thank-you Smile

Tags: General Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: morpheus1955, Pete, gwynn56 and 13 more

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cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
23 May 2013 11:16AM
instant impression is of a well thought out shot...only issue I have is with the right eye?

not sure why you used iso400 on such a bright sunny day? Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2346 United Kingdom
23 May 2013 12:05PM
As Jeff says, there's no need for 400 ISO, you could have got away with say 1/500 second, even with the wind blowing her hair, which would have allowed lower ISO. The difference in image quality between 200 and 400 will be slight, but still worth considering.
F5.6 is perfect, it gives you the whole face in focus but isolated against the background.
I like her right (our left) eye being hidden by shadow and hair,and the sideways gaze; but the out of focus stem in front of the eye doesn't work, it distracts the viewer's attention. It draws the viewer's eye forward of the subject rather than onto the subject. The other problem for me is the strand of hair blowing horizontally across her face, towards her nose, because it clashes with the generally vertical lines of the composition.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
23 May 2013 7:06PM
Very evocative.

For me, the stems in the foreground are fine: it give a sense of trying to hide, perhaps, while being in plain view. A different view of the world?

It would be interesting to see your other work for the exam - there's at least one other current A-Level candidate posting some of her pictures - see:

(I am assuming that you're doing the A-Level this year, but I could be wrong!)

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