Reflections by skippy007 (12510)
CliffW (2377) 2011-07-31 6:38
You got some great clarity for a puddle! I can even read the Quay West sign backwards. What gets me most about it is that after flipping it over for us, you ended hanging on to good colour and a well composed photo. I love that the lady on the right is gingerly stepping over the water, but now it looks like she's stepping across the sky.
Blue Hour on Beale St. by rlrad (1845)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-11 6:05
It's really nice to see a shot of Beale. Especially a warmer night, when people are out and around. You've got the neon sharp, which is hard to do - and I know. I never got one I was happy with, and we lived there for 10 years, up until this past December, when we moved here to Australia. So thanks for the nice shot, and the memories. Too darn bad you were swing the wrong way to get my fav, the Rum Boogie Club. Ah well, can't have it all.
Cliff, ps: fellow StL'san originally, give or take a few miles.
Splitch!!! by crazycook (7)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-08 5:53
Usually, centering a subject makes it a little static and boring in my opinion. But this was one of those cases where I think you were right in breaking the usual rules. He's enigmatic and centering was a good choice.
Also usually, a little context is a good thing. So you know where the person is at. But here, the rocks almost seem to be distracting. Not really relevant to his bathing. What WAS interesting though, besides the innocence and simplicity of the figure, was the concentric pattern around him in the water, making him the center of the world at that moment. So I thought it might be better to strip the photo down to it's best elements. So, I do like the picture, or I'd not have commented. But I do hope you don't mind that I've posted a workshop to explain what I meant about stripping down and focusing on the key elements.
Women of Rajasthan by jslee (3974)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-08 5:28
The subject matter is excellent. They're colorfully dressed; they're in a pattern that jumps off a picture; they're acting candidly which tells us something when we look at the picture. In short, a good choice for a picture and I think the composition is decent too. But - I'm not so much a fan of the shading you've added on the edges of the shot. Clearly, this was a brightly lit day. And while a true vignette might help draw focus to your subject(s) in some cases, well, first that this is not a true vignette. It's more a cases of burning anything on the frame that isn't subject matter, and I don't think that works. It looks haphazard and unnatural. Second, and this is a taste thing, I'd suggest not fighting the environment with post process, full stop. It seems like it's a bright day there and you're communicating what their day is like, so then I'd say "go with it". If anything, go high key and go for controlled over exposure instead. But that's just me. There's surely a number of choices to make, but not the burning as it was done on this one. Just my opinion.
a day at the market by BennyV (13546)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-08 5:18
This is an effective B&W conversion, and you've retained some nice detail in the grain of the boat wood, as well as the light clouds. On my monitor, it appears there is just a tiny bit of shading or halo just on either side of the man (maybe some brush work in PP?). But I like his expression, and I like your low POV that captured the lights from the water reflecting on the underside of the boat.
A Family Pose by arepa (86)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-08 5:09
I looked at this earlier, then went on - for exactly the reasons Kevin stated just now. A posed shot is usually so, well, posed. Not revealing. Not interesting. But Kevin put his finger on what it was about this shot that took me a bit off guard, so thanks to him for putting words to it. It was the idea of posing for a picture, while being cloaked. That's not intended in anyway as a judgment from me about anyone's life or dress or anything else. It's just the conflict of being pulled into posing while simultaneously being cloaked. It's unique occurrence, that choice to still attempt to be recorded through a lens.
Mang Jaka by GetLunch_at (51)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-08 4:59
Hi Khalid, I like the black and white conversion you've done with this portrait. It's clean, sharp, but not overdone. I wish, because I am curious about his world, that the background was a tiny bit wider and a tiny bit sharper... perhaps in landscape format and a different aperature. Just one thought, but I do really like the capture of this gentleman.[+]
Dalcahue by Ceekoolo (30)
CliffW (2377) 2010-03-06 0:08
I think you got a good moment here. The pairing of the crossed legs in a candid shot. The character of the fading blue shingles, repeating across the frame. I wouldn't have minded seeing the couple a little more offset to the left, but that's minor. I wish there'd be more comments on photos like this one here on TE.[+]
girls from Bombai by fotobiz (89)
CliffW (2377) 2009-02-24 21:59
This is the first critique I have written on TE in some time. And I am sorry it is on a photo posted so long ago. But the fact that this has been viewed 700+ times and has so few comments is exactly why I hardly ever comment or post photos here. This photo is, frankly and sincerely, a masterpiece moment. Not necessarily in perfect post-processed presentation... (I did a rather unimportant ws to demo some ideas on that bit)
I mean what is important here is in the subject and the moment. Look at the combination of beauty and emotion and underlying message. The girl on the left, wistful and seemingly lost in thought. She's stunningly beautiful in a true painting sort of way. She's disengaged from you. The center girl, with her pearls and blue dress could be on her way to a nice picnic. You can tell from her eyes her day will not be so easy and we will not be a part of what her day will be. Her eyes - she's not letting you in, full stop. The girl with the jug on the right, she's hazier, yet more representative of what's outside the frame. A clue to the world they live in. The world we don't want to think about when we look at those beautiful faces, but who can't be ignored.
Really, really well done. A favorite.
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