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Old 12-27-2006, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is a thread about the model's posing in such a way as to suggest shyness. How many people thought my title line might have been a typo?

Here is an example of a shy shot of Renee shot by window light:

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It also shows off her nice hair. So, do you shoot "shots on the shy"? If so, why not post one here or share your comments and thoughts on shy shots.

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Old 12-27-2006, 08:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Was the intent here to just capture a shot of her hair?
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Re: Shots on the shy ...
Old 12-27-2006, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i think, to pull it off, you need a bit of light hitting her face, especially to light up the eyes peeking out thru the hair.
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Old 12-27-2006, 09:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I love the shot! rfs, you've captured the mood and the feel. To me, the lighting is perfect. It's not your usual style. I think it goes way beyond. This image evokes a feeling that can't be found in a "correct" photo.
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Was the intent here to just capture a shot of her hair?
The hair is very nice and its what a person will usually notice first about the photo. But I wanted the affect of her peeking out from behind the hair as the theme and that is what I told her to do with the hair at the time I shot the photo. In other words I told her to peek out from behind her hair. I actually played with different amounts of fill on the face. When I look at the result on my color balanced monitor it seems like I have enough light for the effect I wanted. However, when I look at the photo on my regular uncalibrated monitor it looks a bit dark.

Does it appear overly dark to you?

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Old 12-27-2006, 11:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i think, to pull it off, you need a bit of light hitting her face, especially to light up the eyes peeking out thru the hair.
I am assuming then that the face is showing up a bit dark when you view it. I sort of wanted to keep the face as much in shadow as I could to accent the shy look. If I had the shot to shoot over again (shot was made in 2002), I think I would do a dozen or so variants with more fill on the face. And that would give me more latitude in post processing to zero in on the effect.

Here is another "shy" photo that is more brightly lit:

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Old 12-28-2006, 04:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ummm, this reads "Playfully Coy" to me...not "Shy".
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Love the idea.

I looked through my images, but I don't have anything to contribute on the theme ... yet.

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I first thought - from the title - that you were posting shots of the subject [seemingly] unaware that she was being photographed. But your explanation makes more sense for the thread title.

I like your photo, However, if "I wanted the affect [sic] of her peeking out from behind the hair as the theme", I don't think you succeeded, and primarily because I don't see any eye peeking out - I see only what I interpret to be eyelid. Her eyes look closed to me. This may be what JimmyD sees as well, and the reason for his comment.

My interpretation of your image is that it is a lovely young woman caught in a rather introspective moment. I don't see "coy" or "flirtaceous" aspects at all, but an almost complete lack of self-awareness or certainly a lack of awareness of being observed. Completely lost to the world, as it were. (Added in review - you don't mention any intention of flirtaceous attitude, and I don't claim to infer that you did - only that I see no such attitude in this image.]

Very different feel from your usual work, but nonetheless excellent.

Thanks for sharing.
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