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20/11/2012 - 3:44 PM

Exposed Contemplation

Exposed ContemplationRather excellent photography playing on black and white contrasts. Not easy to achieve either, but this is near perfect. Two items caught my attention: the highlights on the model's right hand contrast slightly too much in relation to her ankle;a better shoe alignment might have avoided the straight down line as opposed to the shoe's gentle curve. But what can I say, this is great stuff. Kudos to all three of you. Paul
17/11/2012 - 4:36 PM

The first time

The first timeLovely! Now, for the little problems: the lamp on the right side does not add much to the shot. Crop it. There are also a couple of distracting things that ought to go the same way: light reflected, bottom left, a black circle in the right-side model's hair, and another one, left-side edge. I like the way you have illuminated your models, but you should give a little more definition to the left-side model's hair. I know fingernails like that are fashionable, but boy do they look strange viewed afar!
17/11/2012 - 9:35 AM


AmazingI think you are showing amazement. Good shot, nice rich colours, well-framed. Watch the bottom left corner and the neck region, it needs a little work to restore hair definition as elsewhere. Otherwise I do like this portrait. Paul Smile
16/11/2012 - 12:45 PM


I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOUYes, you've got something interesting! Too bad the flash flattens the subject and creates a strange shoe-shadow (I understand this is not the best location because light reverberates from all points, but it is possible to regulate the intensity of the flash more than that). Cropping just above the shoes, or below the left one, might help overcome what appears to be an unnaturally twisted position. Mind you, I like the idea of the foregrounded shoes because they do bring a surrealistic twist to the image, but, as I see it, the subject's facial expression alone does express the shot's title. Paul
There'll be blue birds over........Great photo, though I am not certain cropping helped set the atmosphere described. A colorized vintage photo of two old friends meeting in the street, perhaps. I could not tease out the atmosphere other than that expressed by the couple. Just wondering what the original shot would have revealed. Also, is there some highlight clipping, the right side of the subject is so bright!
23/10/2012 - 5:16 PM


AlannaCould become a great portrait with a few changes. As it stands, it is too posterized, thus creating very strong details and making the skin and clothing appear unatural. Flash photography is not easy if not controlled. Here, the flash catches the hair and creates a shadow in the chin region. Yet, it appears that hair, eyes and the child's expression are key features. Cleaning up the shadow with the clone tool in PS is simple. Leave out the ornamentation, no special effects. On the other hand, you must tone down the overall brightness. Hair sharpeness is just fine. Eventually, you will have an excellent portrait of your daughter. Good luck.
21/10/2012 - 4:37 PM

"Here's looking at you"

"Here's looking at you"There is indeed something very appealing in this portrait. I like the way you have captured skin and cloth, and particularly the model's expression. Overall, I'd say you are showing the softness inherent in the portrait as against the intensity of the model's eyes and gaze. This being the case, I wonder if a little more detail in the hair region would help clean up this shot. What do you think?
06/10/2012 - 10:35 AM


HollyProfessional studio lights, to be sure. The excellence of the shot, that is how light sculptures the model, is marred by what I deem an unnecessary accent on the model's head particularly in the ear and hair region. The elbow on the left also needs some slight retouching. In short, less light and a slight retouching might have corrected the flaws. Otherwise, the shot is classical and deserves praise.