Published: Saturday 24th of April 2004 10:37:07 PM
Hi John, I have a few comments: 1)I think the highlight at the bottom right corner is too distracting and it tends to draw the viewer's attention away from the model's beautiful face and hair. 2)There is no detail on her dark dress and as a result it forms a large dark area which does not do anything to the image 3)I see part of the hand at the bottom right which I can not make it out which part of the hand it is. Perhaps showing the palm would be better. 4) Lastly, I like the angle of beautiful face and hair.
A word of appreciation Thx John for your comment.
Very beautiful portrait...!!!
John, good tomatoes alone do not make a good sauce. The art is in the addition of spices. Know what I mean?
I think she was the most expensive jewel in that shop
stunning models are indeed half the battle. I would prefered an angle a bit more from the right to show just a bit more of her face. This would also create an opportunity to create more tonal range into her face because of shadows. In her current pose the light is a bit flat. Lovely portrait nonethelesss
John After looking at most of your work, seeing how wonderful you take pictures, this picture and a few other pictures you have of this model tops the rest. The different poses you have her in, and her in black and her hair is what makes the picture perfect. Fantastic work.
John Very good portrait.Well done. However, I would have liked to see the hands also because looking at her face, the eyes lead towards her ( something like what's she doing.. reading?) hands. Your opinion?
I like it !!
very beautiful John, wonderful composition!! The fact that it is in black and white adds a lot to the mood of the photograph!
Mike, you know, so often people tell me that this or that style, model or series of pictures is their favourite. What is pleasing to me is that so many people can identify with the different types of work presented here. It would be a bore if everyone liked the same things! Of course, several people hate a large part of it too, and that is equally their right. As long as there is no moral lessons or bitterness attached to their comments, I am always very pleased to hear them too. In fact, I often learn more from these than from the others.
The dark part, ie the un detailed dress, creates balance and harmony in this photo, Peter, that is why it is such a superb photo. For that exercise read The Tao of Photography by Tom Ang.
Hi John, Great shot...it is obvious that your models feel comfortable around you...it shows. Keep up the good work! Tnx, Chris
W E L L DONE John, first i would like to say that your are one of the top around here and even from the work i have seen in my whole life.. I really like your technique....Amazing lighting, composition, poses, originality, color tones and contrast...Simply well done. If you dont mind i want to ask you simply one question... do u use any reflectors and difusers when being outdoors or any other technique? Thx. kindly can u contact me a share some of your ways and means. Thx and i would be very gratefull if u could help out.
Stephen, you are very kind, but I think that you are judging largely from the wonderful subject matter. I guess if you take some really good tomatos, it's difficult not to make a good tomato sauce! I choose my models because they are graceful and charismatic, and so two thirds of the work is done for me. To answer your question, no, I don't use any props of any kind, nor reflectors. All my indoor work I do with a bounced flash attached to the camera. Again many thanks, but there are some really great photographers here that I learn from every day.
John, thats all you use? You've got great sense and a good eye (I think that makes sense in English...been here too long :D). In fact, it IS possible to take a bad picture of a beautiful tomato (wrong lighting, bad angles, setting it next to a rotting tomato...hmmm, I can think of LOTS of ways not to shoot a tomato). You really don't do yourself justice, when I was a musician, I used to pride myself on being able to play with no effects...creating music with US$10,000 in toys is easy, creating it with a guitar, a cable, and an amp...now that's another ball o' wax. The main reason dropped in was this shot, fantastic...there's a feel to it that I can't put into words :).
Thanks Alton. Funny you know, I see you name and the following flash through my mind ... alto sax ... Earl Hines, the jazz musician ... maybe it's this association of ideas that helps us in part to be photographers ...
Peter, yes, that bit does annoy me too. You think it is her hand? Maybe. It shouldn't be hard to remove. Thank you.
Well, I just perused your portfolio (a dangerous habit when there is work to be done) and this shot STILL jumps out. Earl Hines, heh. Well, I am a recently retired musician, blues...always wanted to play jazz, but those guys are smart (something I've never been able to reconcile, musical inteligence and emotive playing...Earl Hines could do both if I recall, haven't heard him for years and years). Why on EARTH can't I rate this shot a 10 on a scale of 1-7...life is unfair :D.
Study in profile Another from a series ... taken in daylight on the terrace ..