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16/01/2011 - 10:18 AM

Ivory Flame 1

Ivory Flame 1On first glance, she looks like she has short hair and in this, because of that, she is almost "boyish" in a really pretty, "Tom boy" kind of way.....I find this image really quite endearing and different for her. Not so much the "art" shot she is usually well known for doing, but more the relaxed, this is the "real me" kind of image. This could almost be an shot between shots and thats not a bad thing as it captures HER more of a person rather than an object of shape and desire, which is what most of the images of her seem to do. This is quite, quite lovely and goes straight into my favourites. I would agree on the background a touch, but a tiny minor gripe that certainly doesn't detract from a trully pretty and beautiful and telling image.....
16/01/2011 - 10:01 AM


JoyA really quite beautiful model, such a wonderful and vibrant smile. Like the pose, the look and the environment, its a very nicely composed and crafted image. My ONLY gripe with it is that she looks just a tiny, tiny touch out of focus, but only just. Pin sharp on the eyes and face would have made this image utterly scream out of this page. I love it though, simply through the vibrance of your model and the lovely light you have cast on her. A really quite lovely, lovely image
12/01/2011 - 5:14 PM

Hair & Makeup

Hair & MakeupNicely shot. Agree with Dougie, but I also like the lack of separation...its a tough on....the simplicity of this works very well. Love the shocks of colour, might have been tempted to stick a light on the background instead of the hairlight to bring out a bit of separation that way maybe? Either way, there is a touch of hair being lost into a very dark background, but you have balanced the light perfectly on her from front on. Its a very, very good basis of a nice and original image. Good work!
05/01/2011 - 1:52 PM


InpatientsCertainly different and I think it works. Clever use of the manipulation, something that would be hard to do for "real"....interesting idea and for me I like....
02/12/2010 - 7:41 AM

film star

film starLovely model, lovely angle, well cropped....but, its a touch dark here, might need a little brightening or taking exposure up a notch, then adding either a bit more "black" or boosting contrast in the S curve to bring out the details and depth. And with that, add a touch of sharpening, just to really make the eyes sing. But its a lovely image....
12/11/2010 - 7:41 AM

singer & guitarist

singer & guitaristI like this a lot.....please, not to be taken the wrong way, but it has a 70's album cover feel, from maybe some Irish brother/sister folk band...the kind you would see of people you would never hear of, but see loads of their records in the charity shops, that kind of thing! That really isn't a criticism as I think it is superbly photographed, has a real charm to it, beautifully lit (with one light, I think you have done really well) and tack sharp. The processing works and brings that idea fully across.....could be two thirds of Peter, Paul and Mary.....just a lovely, lovely image!
17/10/2010 - 6:45 PM


Lena.The light is great, the pose, model, composition, angle, everything, is really quite great. Superb first attempt. My only tiny gripe (and I hope you see this is as constructive, I would hate to think I was just criticising) is the really unnatural halo she has around her. Its almost as though its been burned in around to make the outer edges of the image darker, but not quite gone right up to her. I would possibly have done a selection in PS and then maybe changed the levels or exposure that way? If the light DID fall on her looking like that, then I apologise, but its really quite weird looking. But other than that, a first attempt and its really quite cracking!
06/10/2010 - 8:02 AM


WomanPaola, I really don't know if you realise how amazingly "woman" you are......a lot of SP's cannot convey this openness, but still have a beautiful innocence about them. This is wonderfully sensual, not erotic or "sexy" in any way.....just an "awakening" of realisation of what you are, who you are and how powerful that is. You have an extraordinary body that you can manipulate into natural shapes, ideas, feelings and so on so naturally, so "unstaged" and without feeling like its been deliberately set up......its a magical thing you have there.

This to me, isn't the best photograph technically you have taken, its not even the best in terms of composition, idea and so on. But what it DOES have, in huge amounts and is possibly the best image you have taken for, is all of the above.......just a wonderful image that can only be taken by a woman who is just realising the power she has at her fingertips, but really does decide to exercise control over it......utterly fantastic Paola, just fantastic....
05/10/2010 - 10:46 AM


Ms.OAgreed. There are merits to this kind of image if they are done correctly (see fb101's PF) and can be spectacularly done, but this is bordering on a slightly "porn" aspect. I really am no prude, I like the nude as much as the next man, but the model has to be shown in a flattering or interesting light to work (regardless of the "reportage" feel of an image that this kind of has) and for me this doesn't. The light doesn't flatter, the composition doesn't quite strike to be anything in particular and it just sort of looks a touch like a snapshot of a naked friend mid conversation. If I may be so bold as to offer some advice on how to get this standing out next time? Maybe work on the pose and if you are looking to get a more raunchy aspect, such as this, out of the model, maybe get her in a more flattering pose. Get her fired up, have some attitude in the face, or maybe get her in a mood of contemplation or eroticism. Work on the mood, move her around and use a more flattering light, so you can bring that mood out of her, while keeping that slightly raunchy feel to things. Sorry, I don't mean to sound critical, as I think you might be on to something here. She is a pretty lady, can see why she is your favourite, but this doesn't quite work for me. Seems as though the pose was done simply to display her genitals rather than this being on display as part of a bigger "picture" so to speak.....
30/09/2010 - 7:20 AM

Tamrin 2

Tamrin 2A great gaze, superbly lit.....my only crit, if I may be so bold, is that she is quite a way over to the left in the frame, cutting off her hands a touch. Widening the shot, but still filling the frame to get her hands in and either move her back to the right or centralise her would have impact? I could be wrong, up to you, but I still like it. Lovely image....
10/09/2010 - 1:17 PM

Simply Naked

Simply NakedYeah, something like this will divide opinion more as it might not be seen for what it is....which is an interesting study and actually something rather appealling in terms of honesty, openness, comfort and rapport (with you, the model and the viewer) and a genuine sense of freedom, regardless of the expression and mood she is creating. That is something different as we can read into it an "act" that she may be putting on as if there was a lack of comfort with the nakedness, she wouldn't be doing this at all.

The way you have treated this reminds me of the spate of "art" photographers back in the 80's doing something similar.....all had a "starkeness" about them that wasn't really erotic, sensual, sexual or enticing in any way....was much more a lifestyle and thought provoking study and I equate this to those images from there. Has a modern feel a look, but the principle is the same. Don't stop taking or posting due to the lack of votes and comments as these shots are really rather good.....I just think its of limited appeal, which isn't such a bad thing....cracking shot John
26/08/2010 - 9:24 AM

Wooden Stairs

Wooden StairsI find this utterly enchanting and also slightly haunting...the tones from that wood seem to wrap around her, the light softening the lines. She looks either very, very isolated and frightened or almost at peace with what has gone on before......its a mesmerising image, one that has me thinking both sides of good and bad......stunning stuff Tony, really quite stunning.....
23/08/2010 - 8:27 AM

Scarlet Duggan

Scarlet DugganSensual.....not because of any particular originality or anything out of the ordinary (really, no criticism there, just I mean that many types of shots like this have been done before....as has pretty much every other type of photography). But what it does have is a real subtlety, softness and delicate feel from the light, the "emotion" coming from her isn't just from her pose, but also the clothing, the positioning, the deftness of touch.....I find this seriously alluring, really very, very attractive and yet another classy piece of lovely, lovely photography. Beautiful....
13/08/2010 - 11:46 AM

Raphaella Morning Wind

Raphaella Morning WindA lovely shot John, really lovely, but I think the points made are all valid ones, even if nothing could be done about them I guess. You have to make the best of what you have sometimes and for me, you have definitely done that with this shot. I do feel the light on the right from outside is a little distracting, but knowing your limitations on space, I think this works wonderfully....great movement and shape, lovely light on the model, well exposed....just a lovely, lovely image...
03/08/2010 - 12:52 PM

Beach Portrait

Beach PortraitThis is lovely, but can't help thinking this would have worked really, really well in landscape format, rather than portrait, to give everything a touch more space and maybe work to the "thirds" rule a bit better.....

The focus thing has already been said. Not entirely critical and not completely out, but something to watch. But as a lovely shot, it works wonderfully....lovely tones, great expression, nice composition, lovely leading lines from the pathway....really, really nice shot....
31/07/2010 - 2:08 PM

Tiger Pussy Cat

Tiger Pussy CatNicely done John....but can I play devils advocate after what I said on your previous similar upload? I like the idea of the vignette in this as its dark, not white, but....I think its gone a touch too far? Bit dark and round and looks a touch artificial....but, the rest of the shot, as with the other one, is really rather lovely indeed.....love the costume, the light, pose, model, sharpness and composition....excellent stuff
30/07/2010 - 10:29 PM

The Raphaella Tippy Toe Dance

The Raphaella Tippy Toe DanceNope, all subjective and I like the way it is as the moment...the of kilter verticals work for me very well. The shape of her, the low vantage point and the off straight framing make this image....I can see the point of the straight verticals, but then it just becomes another shot...whereas this is much more "interesting" because it DOESN'T conform to what should seem Ok....I like this. Beautifully done and can see what others are saying, but for me, personally, its spot on as it is. But would agree about the black fireplace...the V2 and V3 really work for me....
28/07/2010 - 8:57 AM

Nude #2

Nude #2These kinds of shots work so well when they look like the model is in isolation e.g. darkness all around and only reflected light from her body to make the shot. The flare, although sometimes CAN work, doesn't work in this I feel as it then lets the viewer know where the light is coming from. We should be able to see this from the subject and not have our eyes lead out of the image. Agree with Chase about the foot as well. The light around her foot, as well as the foot itself, has the same effect as the flare a little, but showing us where the light it and making us want to look outside of the image. I would be inclinded to either clone out the flare at the top and make it completely black and maybe burn down the foot a little and darken the pool of light around it to put her entirely in isolation. The light is really nice and would stand on its own to get the effect you would want I feel. Lovely light set up, like the pose and model, you have got that bit utterly sorted. Just the tiny details will bring this to life.....keep up the good work, this is good stuff for first time shooting! Smile
28/07/2010 - 8:51 AM


VaniDon't know....its kind of wierd as I know what you mean...some of it is perfect, other bits, not so....but its more the whole that makes me conflicted rather than little bits of it. I guess if I was really, really nitpicking, I would say that her head is a bit too far back, the pose, being almost side on makes her thigh look really big in comparison to the rest of her, it has a look of her back being really badly arched in, but when you look closely, its just not......really really strange. I just can't pick out what sticks with me and what doesn't.....the light is nice though, and like the conversion....just the pose.....I just cant put my finger on it.....how strange....I guess thats why its a compelling image I suppose! Smile
06/07/2010 - 1:14 PM


ProstrationI love the pose and the idea, as well as the lighting, but the blue sparkles from the floor covering just detract a little for me. I love this type of shot, real "art" nude stuff. But I feel, personally, that a fully dark or toned floor and backdrop would do this great. Only my opinion, which is usually rubbish, but a really nice shot all the same.