Intermission II

by Kelly Landrum

intermission ii seeking critique kelly landrum

Gallery: Livingstone College Play II

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Portrait

Exif Information:
Make : Canon
Model : Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Date Time Original : 2011-04-03 19:54:08
Focal Length : 100/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/90
Exposure Time : 1/90
Aperture Value : 2.8
F Number : 2.8
Iso Speed Ratings : 12800
Flash : 16
Metering Mode : 3
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows

Published: Sunday 8th of May 2011 09:19:50 PM


Brano Kovacevic

Lannie, beyond praises for the gear that made this shot possible  is your work here. Bichromatic photo, subject dressed in all shades of grey, and outstanding match between her nail polish and someone sitting half way between. I just hope that the girl will contact you one day and thank you for such a portrait! Seven, all the way!

Landrum Kelly

Brano, this "girl" put those grays and white together, and either God or chance put the colors there.  I saw it, snapped it and cropped it.  That's about it.

A big "thank you" goes to Canon for making a camera that sees in the dark, not to mention a lens that gave me three to four stops of stabilization for my shaky hands.  This is down-sized from most of the original file, not much of which was trimmed away.  The file for this one is HUGE!  A print would cover a wall.

She is elegant, though, isn't she?   Wow.  I am in awe of the subject on this one, and grateful for the opportunity to get this one.

Thanks for the kind words, anyway.  Love your bird shots!


Landrum Kelly

Thanks, Fred.  You're right, of course.   I am very lucky that it came out as good as it did--maybe a bit of red might have been alright, but not so much.

As for the light, it was very dim but very even.


Fred G

Lovely lighting, beautiful, peaceful expression caught at a nice (somewhat distanced-feeling) angle. The gesture of the hand and the red of the fingernail help take it to another place (better, I think, than the similar one without the hand). I don't love the red material at bottom right. True, it does tie in with the red of the fingernail, but it's a heavy blob of red there, not (to me) in keeping with the elegance and grace of the woman and the rest of the shot. It feels like it was something in the way and is a commanding presence. Without it, the red of the finger would still work quite well as a lonely gesture within the black area and as a focus for her eyes and counterpoint to her face. I know you grabbed the shot and didn't have time for setup, etc. Still, the photo is what it is and for me it is at least somewhat compromised (though certainly not doomed) by that red insistence.

Landrum Kelly
Intermission II Shot at ISO 12,800 in a nearly dark theater. No noise reduction applied. Comments welcome.


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