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ANGER OR DESPAIR

By youmightlikethis
three mono people pics what do you think good or bad

Tags: Photo journalism General Black and white Portraits and people

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Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 6:59PM
Think I'll stick with the blues in two.

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thanks for comment
alistairfarrugia 3 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2014 8:14PM
Hi there, you have three very interesting images here and they are all different subjects and convey different messages. I humbly recommend you upload these separately as it makes offering critique a much harder job. Also, your question "good or bad" is a bit too generic - so the replies will be generic. I hope my comments help you determine whether they're good, or bad, for YOU. Something is good/bad relative to what you wanted to achieve with it, keep that in mind. Smile

So, one by one now...

IMAGE 1: I like this a lot. It's well-taken and I like the textures that are visible; on the model's skin, the cloth covering her face and her hair...I also like the clarity and the contrast in this image. Those make it "good" in my eyes. What I think can improve is the composition, and the negative space around the model. On the left it seems that there are some "grey" areas that you could easily clone out to retain only the model in the image. I would also add some space up top to put her head closer to a third and give her space to "look into", (despite her eyes being covered). I'll upload a mod later to explain this visually.

IMAGE 2: I like this as well, it's an interesting subject once again and I feel like the b/w adds to the image by "throwing the viewer" back in time, in a way, to the days were jazz was all the rage! I also like how the character's hat, on the other hand, contrasts with the jazz mood. This all adds up to the interest in my view. What I find distracting is the tilted verticals at the back of the image. I would have preferred these to be straightened out. Depends on how much canvas you had available. The straightening out of these verticals would likely also result in giving a bit more space to the left of the saxophone, which I feel shouldn't be so tight and close to the edge of the frame. I feel like the circle formed by the bottom part of the saxophone could have easily created a point of interest from which the viewers' eyes go upwards to meet with the musician's face. As it is, though, I think it doesn't work well. One final comment on this, the "face?" in the background is also hauntingly attractive, and detracts a bit from the main subject. I think trying to clone it out won't be an easy job but I'll try it in the mod later.

IMAGE 3: Haunting. Scary. Right out of a horror movie... That's what I thought upon seeing this. I think it works well in a confusing and disorienting way. I like this and the processing helps as the absence of colours makes the viewers focus on the faces and the weirdness of the scene. There are some elements that I'd try to crop or clone out though, for instance the MERCHANTS wording and possibly the men in the background (in the suit, high-visibility jacket and the one carrying the placard). These seem to jar from the medieval feel of this image. I think doing this in post would be very time consuming, so maybe waiting for them to walk out of the image would have been an easier solution. You possibly have an image where these distractions are not there, if you took more than one image. Consider a similar processing on an image with a bit less "distractions" in the background and I think you'd have a better final image.

Hope this helps you determine just how good or bad these images are. Keep up the good work,

Alistair
alistairfarrugia 3 164 88 Malta
24 Mar 2014 9:01PM
Two mods uploaded - the second mod also has some burning in in shadows and midtones to add a bit more punch and contrast to the image.
thanks
25 Mar 2014 9:15AM
love the first one, really good tones.
dudler Plus
12 398 801 England
25 Mar 2014 10:37AM
There's not a lot that I can add to Alistair's very detailed comments, espeically on the first two images. I particularly like the first one, because it's such a strong (and rather disturbing) picture.

The third shot is another of your pcitures from (at a guess) the Edinburgh Fringe: and looks liek a publicity stunt for "The Crucible"... Really effective, as the clothing and eye contact from the girl at the bottom of the frame offer a disturbing suggestion that witch trials had a strong sexual element... As Alistair says, straight out of a (Hammer) horror movie!
TanyaH Plus
13 1.3k 354 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2014 1:36PM
As dudler says, Alistair's critique is so detailed that it's hard to add anything else and I'd be hard pushed to know what to say anyway! So, for what it's worth ... V1 - I thought I recognised this from somewhere and I've just gone through your portfolio to find it (yeah, I'm that sad Grin) ... I loved it the first time round, and still love it this time round (I thought I'd commented on it years ago, but obviously not ... but it stuck in my mind). V2 - although I do like this, I don't like it as much as the other two for some reason. V3 is veerrryyy interesting, to say the least. The subject matter, the treatment you've given it and the ethos behind the scene (witches) really tweaks the imagination.

A good set Smile

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