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Beauty in the shadows

This shot was done over the weekend and was supposed to go up yesterday but due to technical issues couldn't. So here it is today. What do you think about themes, should we have photography themes through the week? U thots on this are very welcome

You can't beat natural sunlight, it lights up the image well but can also produce harsh shadows. In this shot I utilised the light and shadow to paint the models face.

To me this shot signifies how beautiful things can emerge from the shadows.

What do you think about this shot? Does this shot work? (oh boy I am setting myself up here) I am waiting to hear what you think of my personality postcard.

Beauty in the shadows

This shot was done over the weekend and was supposed to go up yesterday but due to technical issues couldn't. So here it is today. What do you think about themes, should we have photography themes through the week? U thots on this are very welcome

You can't beat natural sunlight, it lights up the image well but can also produce harsh shadows. In this shot I utilised the light and shadow to paint the models face.

To me this shot signifies how beautiful things can emerge from the shadows.

What do you think about this shot? Does this shot work? (oh boy I am setting myself up here) I am waiting to hear what you think of my personality postcard.

comments (18)

WOW Ade, I'm very impressed....I think you have a very lovely girlfriend.

Oh the shot, got carried away...it's okayish.....wink
sk: hmmmmm...........
  • Suby
  • 28 Feb 2006, 00:21
Not bad, okay shot. I love portraits. Most of all I love images of beautiful people smile

Suby
sk: hmmmmmmm.............
Nice! 1 suggestion - maybe you can run the "scratch and dust" removal filter (photoshop) on her skin. This would remove all blemishes and make it look like a pro makeup artist worked on it.
sk: Nah, its fine the way it is. theres hardly any work on this shot (just burning out the background) and I wanted it that way. I try and do as less photoshoping as possible. scratch and dust looks unatural anyway.
Tena koe ehoa
Fantastic portraiture with a beautiful subject to boot! The lightfall off is very good, while her upper body still retains definition against the black spaces. Very good.
sk: thnak you, I think so too
Sorry man, I think you can do better with the execution...in fact I know you can. I feel eyes must be pin sharp for these to work. Well you did ask! wink
I should also say that it's lovely photo, lovely composition and obviously a beautiful lady. I just have a strong jealous streak towards those that can do portraits.
sk: Dude start taking portraits, use ur girlfriend and friends, u've got a rapport with them, it will get better
NIce portrait...love the angle and the lighting.
Phil
A beautiful picture of a beautiful subject. I like the catchlights in her eyes inferring a sparkle of personality in the shot. I think you've got the lighting just right.
F5 seems not have given the sharpness needed across her complete face but the cool lighting may have sent you down that road. Overall its a good shot.
sk: thanks Fantom. interesting name
  • tetsu
  • 28 Feb 2006, 13:13
Her eyes are so impressive!
Beautiful portrait. smile
sk: yea thats how she roped me in, i'm a sucker for beautiful eyes
  • Sele
  • 28 Feb 2006, 15:10
Are we on for Flash this evening?!
Lovely. I like the line of her lips...
sk: I love everything about her, thanks for the comment
Lovely portrait, Ade. Keep it up.
sk: thanks
Let me start by saying that, in my opinion, great portraits are NOT about lighting technique or even technical perfection. They are about engaging the viewer to ask questions about the subject. On rare occasion, they are simply about documenting a face. This portrait, to me, shows a nice connection between the subject and photographer. That's half the battle. It makes me want to know more about her.

On the less important technical side, there are two things that I think could make it better. I think the light on her chest is a bit too hot. If it were darker on her chest, it would draw the viewers eye towards her face more. Right now the eye is drawn towards the brightest area of the image.
Her left eye (right side of the image) seems like it should either be lit more or burned in completely. It's kind of in the middle and drawing too much attention without any payoff (you can't see enough of her eye). I would love to see everything to the right of the shadow go black. I think it would be even more interesting. That's what the legend Ralph Gibson would have done with this image. Well, that and it probably would have been black and white, but that's another story. smile
sk: Thanks very much I will be taking that into consideration
  • sk
  • 28 Feb 2006, 17:07
Sele: flash is on tonite at 7.30pm, bring a camera
  • bola
  • 28 Feb 2006, 21:47
when i first veiwed the image, it showed only half of her face, the right side(due to the small screen i was using)and it had a huge imapact on me. An even bigger impact that seeing the whole picture. Well done though. Brill job as usual
  • andy
  • 28 Feb 2006, 23:15
I'm going to agree with Brooks.. you don't have to have technical perfection to create emotional impact. This portrait really grabbed me in a powerful way when I saw it. It's her expression, the lighting, and most important, the "contract" or bond between subject and photographer that comes though and elevates this work to a high standard. Excellent colors and tones too.
  • donchichi
  • 1 Mar 2006, 09:10
Lovely picture. Nice catch Ade.
I kind of agree with Brooks Ayola...even though I am no professional and have no clue on the technical side of photography, I noticed the lack of symmetry in the shadow. Half of her face is shadowed but her entire chest (or most of it) is brightly lit. Maybe it is the angle of the shot...I don't know.

Also erm....this is no dig on the lovely lady but, she appears to be growing some facial hair on her chin!!
lol.

Again, good work!
You captured this woman's brown eyes very well. It is a great portait with awesome contrast.

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