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New model - Kyna
Old 07-11-2004, 08:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's summer on Cape Cod. The model is Kyna, a pleasure to work with.
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A few things
Old 07-11-2004, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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And then I'll let others comment on the rest. It would have been better overall if she would have swithed the positions of her arms. As it stands now we are looking directly into her arm pit while the other arm magically appears out of her back. The sunshine on her face is attractive but her nose (and nostrils) cast a long shadow onto her chin disrupting the flow.

Your model is attractive and I would like to see another from this series.

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Here\'s another
Old 07-12-2004, 08:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Comments noted and appreciated. Here is another from a little later in the afternoon.

Better??

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Re: New model - Kyna
Old 07-13-2004, 06:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm sorry ahead of time - this is going to be a negative critique. Please don't take anything I say personally. Take it in the spirit it is offered - as one photographer to another and as a way to learn.

For the longest time, I could actually tell a digital image from a film image. To me, digital images always *looked* like video stills. They were cold and metallic and overly sharp. This one looks just like that.

Photographer means "light writer". We use light as our medium just as a sculptor uses clay or stone. If we're going to create appealing, or even good images, we must be aware and concious of the light. I can tell from this image that it was taken during mid-day in full sun - notoriously the worst time of day and the worst conditions to take outdoor natural light images. The colors are washed out - the contrast is high. The highlights on the water are very specular. The shadows are deep.

That is not to say that you can't produce good images under those conditions, but it is difficult. It isn't light that is important - it is the quality of the light that is important.

How could this image have been improved? There are posing issues, but I'm not fully versed in the nuances of posing, so I'll leave that to others. As far as light color, however -- you could have shot this early in the morning or later in the day when the sun is low on the horizon. The quality of light at those times of day is much more appealing. It is warm; colors are brighter; shadows are more even. You could have shot this at noon outside with cloud cover, like a giant softbox. You could have shot this under the cover of a picnic area, or with an umbrella or scrim over her to filter the sun. You could have shot this in the shade. You could have shot this with a soft gold reflector bouncing light back onto the shadow areas.

And, you could have shot this with film, or at least with a digital camera that doesn't give that tell-tale "coldness" so many digitals do.

Hopefully Kyna is a girl you can work with again. Try to shoot later in the day, or at the very least, not in the full bright mid-day sun.


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Ed,

I agree about the timing of the shoot. Three or four hours later would have made an incredible difference, but scheduling was a problem. Much of what you wrote, I had already noted, but wanted some feedback. I hope to work with this model again, hopefully at a more suitable time. thanks for your critique.

Tom

Here is one of Karen
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Re: Comments welcome
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Accepted that the scheduling was difficult -- just watch the light. You can still do killer shots in the high sun - you just have to adjust where and how you do it. Look at JT Smith's and Rick Hughes' work.

I saw a "how did they do that image of JT's. The model (as I recall) is leaning against a sailboat in full sun -- two guys are holding a scrim overhead, and one is bouncing light onto her face while JT takes the picture. Sure, its a lot of work, but the result makes it worthwhile.
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Re: Here\'s another
Old 08-02-2004, 09:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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On this one, the composition is good, but like Ed said, it's cold. My recommendation is, as long as you're going digital, might as well fix the color problem and contrast problem. I believe that the integrity of the image will be intact, but the quality would go up.

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Re: Here\'s another
Old 08-03-2004, 01:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I do like the shots, but maybe a bit curves would have brought out a bit more contrast from them.

The one on the stone from the front (second one) is really my favourite.

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