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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2009 at 21:53
@santiclaws, I like your first and third. They're high key no doubt and somehow they both hold my attention despite being simple. In the first it's probably being able to barely make out what it is and 3 for the composition and negative space. 2 is a lot less in this series I think, the glass is slanting and somehow the picture and composition can't hold my interest.

@dredwerker, indeed high key and defocus softness at the same time. However not holding my interest very long and constantly my eye goes to the light blueish streaks at the top left of the image, but nothing to see there.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2009 at 22:10
santiclaws, I with Pieter - I really like #1 well done - there is no need btw to submit more than one image...

Roger, again you are jumping the gun on the assignments, please be patient
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 October 2009 at 23:51
Thanks for the comments - It was soft as well :)

I was completely jumping the gun but I am impatient by nature :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 October 2009 at 17:32
Thanks for the comments, folks. As for submitting more than one image - I was just trying to make sure I pass. The shotgun approach.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 October 2009 at 23:06
Originally posted by dredwerker dredwerker wrote:


I was completely jumping the gun but I am impatient by nature :)


Well, just said it was high key, no intention of indicating a "pass" or "pls. try again". That's the privilidge of admin lady Rosie .

I was just exercising my AE withdrawel symptoms on pictures in the challenges forum
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Okay, I spent the last month keeping an eye out for good chances to take high key photos. Here are two of the best.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2009 at 07:37
@HiDesert: I will let the fail/pls. try again assessment to Rosie but allow me to make some comments.

I really like the first one, especially since I can't make out what it is but the whole arrangement and compositionis is very nice. There's some real "blown" white areas and the light texture contrasted with the one dark chinese sign is very intrigueing.

I find the second one less appealing and allthough light I don't think it's high key. Almost no area is blown to full white and it doesn't have an area of contrast or interest somewhere to make it stand out. Also the composition is a bit messy (especially around the lower border) and it doesn't evoke any emotion of light to me. Hope you don't mind me saying so.

Now back to Rosie for the real grading
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2009 at 13:00
HiDesert, I agree with Pieter with his assessment of #2 but I really like #1 and I think I will give it a pass... ONLY if you let is know what it is
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2009 at 23:21
This is interesting; from what (admittedly little) I've read on the topic, both of these seem clearly high key to me. At least one explanation of high key photography that I read showed examples in which none of the photo was blown out.

I had to do a little more to make #1 clearly high key (and I have a slightly darker version that I prefer to this one). #2 happened pretty much on it's own, because of the light and the city haze. I want to say I set up the lower border to ground the building in the treetops, but that might be wishful thinking; my A700's viewfinder's 'zone of inaccuracy' is the lower edge, so it's possible I framed it without those treetops, and this is how it came out on the actual photo. I took >800 pictures that day, so my memory of every shot isn't what you'd call crystal clear.

Okay, drumroll please... Shot #1 is a detail of the Aobau, a Mongolian Buddhist monument in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Here's a broader view:



People traditionally walk around it three times, and then pray or leave petitions on the Aobau. Photo #1 is a closeup of one of those prayers.

Note; my spelling of 'Aobau' might not be perfect, and I'm pretty sure it's a Buddhist monument, but I might be wrong about that too. I am sure about the three laps, leave a request part. I'm working from memory here
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 November 2009 at 07:01
HiDesert, here's the description on page 1 of this assignment:

Originally posted by Turerkan Turerkan wrote:

You will enhance the beauty of an object/person/scene or anything else by overexposing it. The over exposure will give you pure white and very smooth surfaces at the relatively brighter parts of your subject, while maintaining some contrast and outlined edges at dark parts of it. You will use this pureness and smoothness to produce an image that carries stronger emotions than a normal exposed copy of it would possess.


I think this description fits your image #1 very well, but imo not #2.

Thanks for the broader view of #1, very interesting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 November 2009 at 08:19
How's this one?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2009 at 07:10
H3 you are lucky to still be alive after taking this photo she has a very evil look directed straight at you!!! She is also very familiar as "she" has already taken part in this assignment, willingly or not I don't know.... as for the portrait... I like it (even with it being so soft) so take that as a pass!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 November 2009 at 07:20
Oops, hadn't noticed this one. It's a nice portrait and I like the non conventional composition and the look is indeed priceless (if you survive )

Couple of small nits and suggestions:
- I would clone out the darker globs at the left top
- I find the toning and overall contrast a bit "muddy", how about PP'ing a bit more such that her eyes and some details of her hair and face come out much darker, should be relatively small areas and you should leave the rest as is or even lighter, but I think that would increase punch and impact of the picture.

Hope this helps.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2009 at 05:09
I am happy to say that I am still alive and survived that photo shoot! The model really enjoyed your comments. Thanks much for the feedback.

I cloned out the light, increased the highlights, and added some saturation to the eyes. I think this all helped to show the natural color of her hair and really draws you into a stare-down with the picture. Do you think it's a little too much on the eyes?

I really do appreciate the feedback. As for the composition, I was hoping it added to the intensity of the look, and draws you as the viewer into the picture making you a part of the scene.

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