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A Light Read (EDIT)
« on: September 15, 2013, 04:02:11 AM »
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A Light Read by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr
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A Light Read (EDIT)
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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 06:02:04 AM »
Hi,

I like the panorama you posted, however for me this image is too staged. Reading is an immersive pastime. I am not sure how staging like like this does it justice.

It has the sense of a photo in which you were so focused on tehnique you forgot about making it interesting. I do really like the way it is lit, especially the book, although I would have liked such a portrait to show the person's face just a little more.

That is just my thoughts, with the best of intentions,

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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2013, 06:26:26 AM »
OP, your photo reminds me of renaissance painting style and I like it (Staged or not). Except that there is too much black space on the right side which results in a loss of balance. I would either crop it out or while taking the pic would keep a table with something on it lit with a reflector from the right side.
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 07:18:25 AM »
OP, your photo reminds me of renaissance painting style and I like it (Staged or not). Except that there is too much black space on the right side which results in a loss of balance. I would either crop it out or while taking the pic would keep a table with something on it lit with a reflector from the right side.

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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 08:33:19 AM »
Thanks for the critique guys.  Actually, this was a snatched shot.  The guy is Dutch and we were in a stately home not far from Heathrow (National Trust)  He was reading a brochure or something with light coming from a window to the side. Hee is still wearing his coat and scarfe as it was cold. I just lifted the camera and shot him.  I later pp'd it with silver efex pro 2 and LR.  I appreciate not to the taste of all viewers. Some like it...some not so much.  I didn't like it centred, so kept the space to the right, but maye I should have put a thin white line around the shot to contain it?

Once again, thanks for the critique.  Really, this is more like an internal street shot rather than portrait and I worked with what I had for that  brief moment.  It was natural...so not posed.  He had no idea.  The pp after the shot is fair game.

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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 08:57:23 AM »
I personally like the picture as it is and I don't think that it needs anything added.
It captures a moment, which is what photography is all about.
I agree that cropping out the dark to the right would help the shot.
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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2013, 09:07:41 AM »
Well, colour me stuffed!

My interpretation was different originally but with that story it is pretty impressive. Shows how different my usual reading places are to some people's.

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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2013, 09:19:15 AM »
A dutch model in a Rembrand like Picture... Impression and Background Story fit well. Looks like I shoot give all those NIK Modules I never use a try.

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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2013, 09:22:41 AM »
cheers guys.....I do appreciate you stopping by to comment.  I have Parkinsons and that causes tremor to the left hand.  I have a split second from raising the camera to my eye.....to pressing the button before tremor kicks off in earnest.  Like a rocking motion.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2013, 09:53:26 AM »
The image is one thing, how you got there is another.

I like the image.  Very tidy.  My only negative comment is that perhaps the subjects knee could have been a little darker...

Years ago, Eastman Kodak published a book that really good... all about the studio lighting of the day.  It was a collection of lighting styles of various working professionals.  I remember Monte Zucker was in it, maybe twenty different photographers in total.   One of those made his living by creating photographic images that were lit in the style of the classic art of the Dutch Masters, with somber backgrounds, vivid faces and rich colors on the subject.   I still have that book someplace, and it never fails to fascinate me... the way people can be presented in so many ways, each tasteful if done well.

You image is done well.   Congrats on it.

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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2013, 12:00:08 PM »
After knowing that it is not a staged photo, not a studio photo I like it even more. Rather now I admire the light and shade of the photo (the unnecessary right side notwithstanding).
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Re: A Light Read
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2013, 01:23:41 PM »
Love the shot, and the background story makes it that much better. My only nit-pick is the balance of the composition. To my eye, it's not that there's too much black on the right side but not enough black on the left side. If it was me, I'd be tempted to expand the canvas a bit to the left in Photoshop (well, GIMP for me :) ) and fill with black.

Either way, the issue with balance is that it's a little too close to half-and-half, which makes the right "half" feel more empty.

EDIT: Looking at it again, the square aspect ratio of the image accentuates the half-and-half feel. Adding the black to the left side to make it a rectangular aspect (although not so much that it pushes the subject to the center) would be perfect...for my taste.
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Re: A Light Read (EDIT)
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2013, 07:18:36 PM »
Photo cropped. Better? worse? or evens Stevens?
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2013, 10:20:39 PM »
Photo cropped. Better? worse? or evens Stevens?
Much better for balance. It's easier to ignore that his invisible leg would be cut off than having the empty black half of the square aspect ratio. Either way, it's a fantastic image, in my opinion. Nice work.

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Re: A Light Read (EDIT)
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2013, 11:17:49 PM »
I like it a lot. The fact that there is so much black to the right makes you "fill in" missing pieces. I don't think it needs a border.

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Re: A Light Read (EDIT)
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