Published: Tuesday 17th of September 2002 06:18:18 PM
Stunning!! Absolutely stunning image John!! Great lighting and pose.
Giovanni Rhodes Pasta
Like it Great shot John, says it all. Giovanni.
I don't know how to critique this, John, just dropped by to say that I visit your folders from time to time and enjoy your work.
Her neck seems very thick, no doubt due to the twist of her head towards camera. Good points: Her head is outlined by the white wall, her skin looks nice, her expression is approachable, and my favorite part, her hair weaves into the wicker of the chair.
Great shot. The interplay of neck muscles is something that could be explored further. The slight shininess on the cheeks is very natural in this setting, but is something you may want to eliminate for certain applications.
sorry john , you're a saint, keep up the good hobby, great shots.
Robert, there are some interesting comments here, thanks. But why refer to the UV lens as "cheap"? It wasn't so at all! The wild manner in which I take my photos obliges me to use some protection for the lens - should I change my style! I don't pose the girls. I run around them. Regarding the film, I don't know that one. I'll certainly look into it. What I don't always like about the Kodak film is that it is too contrasted. Thanks. As for the lighting, well it was taken outside, so other than a reflector (which I don't use), I guess there is not much else I could do about that. I'm not too sure that I like the top of her head cut off. She has an attractive hairline. Nor do the eyes look natural any longer. Regarding the young lady, she does not have a "book". She is a barrister/lawyer with a practice in Germany and France.
After you ignore the non-constructive comments, I think Bill Peifer gave you some useful information that you should put into practice. The Kodak gold film needs to go. Portra is much better. Many of your shots, including this one, need a catch-light. It makes the eyes a hundred times more powerful... thats why even wildlife photographers try to get them. The photo is good, but their are a few technical details that if worked out would make it great--something the model could use for her book. The rule of thirds would have helped with what I think is a distracting crop on the left side--it is tough to see that she is sitting in a chair, etc. The slightly strained pose (i.e. her neck) and the unnatural shape of her left arm from the chair could also be corrected. (And a pet peeve of mine which should probably be addressed in a forum and not here--I'll erase it later... the UV filter on the lens... why would anyone use one? If you want to protect your lenses then don't ram sharp objects into it, but why degrade lens quality (what you pay the big bucks for) with a cheap UV lens just because all the camera stores want to sell you one. The salesman either wants the extra buck or has been over run by advertising for using a UV filter also.)
good angle and expression!