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lara looking in the fields B&W

By Tash_hares
this is again my dog

Tags: Black and white

Voters: VIKI, Kai, KarenFB and 4 more

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VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2009 8:15AM
Lovely image. Well done.

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WoadV Plus
10 12 8 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2009 8:20AM
OK, so anything with a dog in is likely to attract me.

Well done; Lara looks lovely.

I often advocate monochrome (greyscale). However, in this case, I am not sure it works...

There is no gravitas, as the shot is so close, so I would be tempted to use colour to restore the richness.

Anyway, all the best to Lara - and to you, of course.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
20 Oct 2009 8:28AM
I must admit, I do prefer the colour version you uploaded yesterday. But saying that Lara is gorgeous and b&w or colour nothing changes that! Smile

Quote:There is no gravitas, as the shot is so close, so I would be tempted to use colour to restore the richness.

I also admit, I had no idea what "gravitas" meant, so I went into google to find out:-

•dignity: formality in bearing and appearance; "he behaved with great dignity"

I'm afraid I disagree with you 'Kapulco' - I think Lara shows great dignity! Smile

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
20 Oct 2009 8:54AM
fine close up, works well in mono
WoadV Plus
10 12 8 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2009 8:58AM
Hi Karen,

Thanks for your re-joiner. And thanks for looking up a word of which you were ignorant; 'tis a pity we don't all do that more often. I also write, so I'm especially chuffed you bothered.

You are absolutely right - Lara appears very dignified (and retrievers can look very loopy Smile )

So, to explain further: I was referring to the photograph, not the model. Sorry not to have been clearer.

Close-ups which, for example, stare deep into a model's eyes, can have gravitas. But, to me, this portrait is more about alertness, fun and joy. That should not be taken to undermine the image at all - is is simply a different perspective - equally valid.

To my mind, this shot is too "in her face" to have the perspective of gravitas - but it does have both joyous and alert perspectives. I think those would be better-served by colour.

Anyway, thanks muchly, for highlighting the ambiguity in my crit - I am very pleased to have the opportunity to further explain.

All the best,

I like this portrait. The dog's face is beautiful + is captivated by something which gives the photo interest. JNC
lara is really cute great image

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