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Feb 07, 2012 17:36 |  #1

Let me know what you think everyone.

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Feb 07, 2012 17:43 |  #2

I like the 2nd shoot the most.
And 1:1 crop might work better.
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Feb 07, 2012 20:20 as a reply to  @ x_tan's post |  #3

Thanks for that, I thought about that but then the composition might lose the atmosphere of the forest.


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Feb 07, 2012 20:33 |  #4

I just feel the bright trunk which is bit distracting.


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Feb 07, 2012 21:37 |  #5

I get the impression the focus/subject was the environment rather than the model. If it was indeed the model I would think you want more of her in the frame.

Half of #2 might work.


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Feb 07, 2012 23:04 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #6

Well I can't see why a nice mix of both environment and subject wouldn't be a good fit. For example this Louis Vuitton ad has Angelina surrounded by her environment. I believe it provides context for the composition.

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Feb 07, 2012 23:27 |  #7

You've asked for critique and you've gotten and rejected two....

Perhaps someone will come along that agrees with you.


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Feb 07, 2012 23:39 |  #8

I find the title of your thread doesn't match the pictures. When I think dramatic, I don't expect low contrast post processing. I think bold and maybe some saturation.


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Feb 08, 2012 00:08 |  #9

Rodrigo Perez wrote in post #13846624 (external link)
Well I can't see why a nice mix of both environment and subject wouldn't be a good fit. For example this Louis Vuitton ad has Angelina surrounded by her environment. I believe it provides context for the composition.

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In this my eye goes first to the subject and then to the environment. In your first 2 it's the opposite and wrong way round. I think that's what others are saying


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Feb 08, 2012 00:37 as a reply to  @ Frugal's post |  #10

@Titus213

I'm not rejecting them I'm simply stating why I did what I did and the reasoning behind it. I welcome all critiques.


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Feb 08, 2012 00:44 |  #11

Your model gets lost a bit in the environment. I greatly respect the fact that you're trying to incorporate the background rather than blurring the living crap out of it, but for #1 and #2, my eye is drawn to the lightest/brightest parts of the photo. It appears that you used ambient, did you consider how you could light the model?




  
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Feb 08, 2012 03:29 |  #12

I think this take on #2 it is an example of what people are saying here. In the A. Jolee shot she is the brightest object in the scene - so should your model be as well.
You could do the same with #1 and improve it.
And in this one a better post would move her left arm down and put her right arm up on the window frame or headliner and straighten her left leg more so the two knees don't seem to merge.


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Feb 08, 2012 03:58 |  #13

Far from expert I am, but I think the difference in Luis Vuitton photo its wider model placed in 1/3 part to show the whole area she is in. Think you should go wider, model facing opposite site, or closer.
Thats what I think, dont count on my advice much :)
PS: Talking for 2nd photo. I like 1st most.




  
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Feb 08, 2012 09:05 |  #14

The first photo her legs look very tense, almost like she is griping the edge of the old car with her heels to keep them in position. The muscle definition in her let leg adds to this look. Also there is a shadow across her face that is a bit distracting.

The second is by far much better than the first. I like that you can tell what she is sitting in. the first one is hard to tell that it is an old pickup truck.

The last one....I am not a big fan of the hand on the face...not sure what I would have done.....not much help, I know.


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Feb 08, 2012 11:28 |  #15

Really like the second one


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