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Feb 04, 2013 16:29 |  #1

Any observations please. Especially things I should do better. I liked the unusual black suits on the beach.

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Feb 05, 2013 06:38 |  #2

Wow!

These are amazing!!!


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Feb 06, 2013 11:36 |  #3

Thanks Wayne!

I was hoping for a few more people's observations/tips!


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Feb 06, 2013 17:53 |  #4

As far as the first shot goes, I really like your idea of taking a silhoette into that lovely sunset, but I'm not sure the silhoette of the camera works. If you simply crop that photo in half and keep the profile silhoette of the two figures on the right, I think it becomes a much stronger photo.

I can see you were going for a candid shot in the second one, but it seems a little scattered and disjointed for my liking. I'm kind of left wondering what I should be looking at. It doesn't seem to communicate enough to the viewer, and I would try to engage the viewer more. A good photograph takes the viewer by the hand and says "here, look at THIS". The subject on the left is engaging with the camera, so perhaps I'd move around to emphasize him and put the others in the background?

The third photo is my favourite. It has a really nice atmosphere to it. The colour and light and the guy on the left looking like he's pondering something really makes it.
I think the composition is almost superb. All it needs is the girl on the right to be cropped out of the shot completely (I think she distracts more than she adds). What you would be left with is a group of similar-looking guys all looking inwards towards the ground, and one guy singled out of the group, pondering life by looking over the sea. It would make a good album cover! :D

I really like the idea behind the last photo, and the subtle colour and tones in the water and sky are lovely. But I can think of two things that I would change if I were shooting it. Firstly I'd move the subject away from the middle of the frame to give him some space to throw the rock into, and secondly I'd show his face (particularly his eyes). This would mean moving the camera position and asking the subject to throw another stone (possibly finding a right-handed subject if I didn't want to shoot into the sun).

I hope that can help. Feel free to take it all with a grain of salt, they are just one person's opinions.


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Feb 07, 2013 06:50 |  #5

Thanks kombisaurus!

I like the camera - it makes more of a "story" I don't think I can get a better crop from the image - here is my best attempt with a little cloning out:

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I also perhaps I should include this one in the set:
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BTW nothing staged here.

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Feb 22, 2013 12:38 |  #6

Not many comments on these - are they uninteresting?


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Feb 22, 2013 12:43 |  #7

On average, you won't get a lot of comments.

These aren't particularly interesting to me. I find them underexposed. The guy in the last shot, especially, needs to get a better fitting suit.


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Feb 22, 2013 12:47 |  #8

Martin Dixon wrote in post #15640390 (external link)
Not many comments on these - are they uninteresting?

I wont say totally uninteresting, but they seem halfway between candid and intentionally organized shots. And halfway doesnt really work here. Its just shots of people standing around, well dressed people, but still unengaged.




  
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Feb 22, 2013 12:53 |  #9

I have no idea what these pictures are supposed to represent. Is this a family shoot? A bunch of friends hanging out at the beach? What's the purpose of these pictures? I can't comment on anything because I don't see much going on.


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Feb 22, 2013 13:00 |  #10

I thought it was a City of Angels family reunion sequel.


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Feb 22, 2013 13:20 |  #11

I think the first one with the camera tells a story, a couple taking photos at sunset. The rest I dont see a purpose to them.




  
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Feb 22, 2013 15:07 |  #12

Just my honest opinion and coming from your post that mentioned an "album cover"....negative! These all look like snaps of people in suits on a beach. Has me scratching my head.... Not particularly interesting to me and definitely don't convey musicians to me or anything close to an album cover.

Sorry, I just don't see what you were after in these.


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Feb 23, 2013 19:33 |  #13

The last photo of the original posting has promise if it is properly cropped in for a better composition. Right now the subject is in the middle of the frame which leaves a boring taste in my mouth, shot too loosely.




  
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Feb 25, 2013 14:42 |  #14

gonzogolf wrote in post #15640424 (external link)
I wont say totally uninteresting, but they seem halfway between candid and intentionally organized shots. And halfway doesnt really work here. Its just shots of people standing around, well dressed people, but still unengaged.

Yeah, I agree.


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Feb 25, 2013 19:45 |  #15

I think suit photos like these really ought to be choreographed. Think of Reservoir Dogs...there needs to be some sort of unity among the subjects, or complete disorganization. Earlier comments hit the nail on the end IMO.


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