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Jan 05, 2014 17:16 |  #1

I finally feel I'm reaching a new level in my work after a long stint of stagnation. I've still been shooting for the past year or so, but I wasn't pushing myself to what I was capable of. I've been taking the time sit down before shoots and sketch out and plan, something I never did before. I've also been shooting with a tripod more often in order to do the composites, which forces me to commit to a frame. It's harder than I thought it would be!

I'm looking to take things even further this year, so comments and constructive critiques are definitely appreciated. Let's make some good art in 2014 everyone!

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I looked really silly trying to take this self portrait on my own, but I think it was worth it!

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Jan 05, 2014 17:35 |  #2

turning point is really great!


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Jan 07, 2014 00:37 |  #3

First of all, I love, love love these. Right up my ally. Really great all the way around. I love the fact that you focused on the elements of the shot, you found models that fit the theme and really spent the time in post to make these right.

my crits, posted with love, are as follows:

1. The falling apples look photoshopped. For this to work, I need to be lost in the scene. It has to work like professional level magic tricks. If I'm trying to figure out how you did it, the shot isn't doing the job for me. The opposite of this is the Turning Point. That is a stunning image- one that I would buy and put on my wall. The post is so good I can almost- just for a second- believe that it's real.

2) Dies Irea is a great concept, but it doesn't land 100% with me. The second shot, I need to see her eyes burning through. It's a great shot, but I feel like her eyes would pull me in and hold may attention more. The first one needs something... I don't know what. Background? Something more happening with her hands? I don't know, but It feels like 95% of an amazing shot.

I'm absolutely in love with your style. I'm only commenting because I feel like you could go from amazing to out of this effing world, and I'd like to see that happen. I look forward to seeing more of your work, and I'm off to check out your website now.


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Jan 07, 2014 06:10 |  #4

I like the Self portrait the best..


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Jan 10, 2014 18:41 |  #5

nes_matt wrote in post #16580397 (external link)
turning point is really great!

Thanks!

gsouder wrote in post #16584434 (external link)
First of all, I love, love love these. Right up my ally. Really great all the way around. I love the fact that you focused on the elements of the shot, you found models that fit the theme and really spent the time in post to make these right.

my crits, posted with love, are as follows:

1. The falling apples look photoshopped. For this to work, I need to be lost in the scene. It has to work like professional level magic tricks. If I'm trying to figure out how you did it, the shot isn't doing the job for me. The opposite of this is the Turning Point. That is a stunning image- one that I would buy and put on my wall. The post is so good I can almost- just for a second- believe that it's real.

2) Dies Irea is a great concept, but it doesn't land 100% with me. The second shot, I need to see her eyes burning through. It's a great shot, but I feel like her eyes would pull me in and hold may attention more. The first one needs something... I don't know what. Background? Something more happening with her hands? I don't know, but It feels like 95% of an amazing shot.

I'm absolutely in love with your style. I'm only commenting because I feel like you could go from amazing to out of this effing world, and I'd like to see that happen. I look forward to seeing more of your work, and I'm off to check out your website now.

Thanks for the critique, very helpful! Out of curiosity what makes the apples look Photoshopped to you? I had the model move out of the shot, but kept focus locked and the lighting the same, so those were the actual positions of the apples on set... Is it their contrast against the really dark background perhaps? Would be great knowledge for future shoots!

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I like the Self portrait the best..

Thanks!


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Jan 11, 2014 13:28 |  #6

Ok, I thought a lot about this. I hope you understand that I'm being hyper critical because I really love the shot and I'm talking about very minor details.

I think, for me, the apples look too staged. they are all at about the same height, they are crisp and in focus with the exception of the front one. It looks like they are floating there on an invisible tree. I think if there was some motion blur, and maybe an apple or two on the floor or bouncing off the floor it would feel more real to me.

Also, and this is moving into a style thing, but I question why apples are falling onto a hardwood floor. Is she inside or outside? It might be fun to have shot this wider and brought in a branch to the top of the shot, or to find a way to bring some patchy grass into the floor. Something to bring some context to the apples themselves.


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