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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the midground shots best of all, those are stunning. I think you could have picked better subjects for the background shots, because it just looks like something got in the way of the picture rather than it being intentional.

What I love best about Arpeggio is that it looks like you caught a raindrop forming on his finger, as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree re: the background. I'm just not entirely sure when background would be best used. In film it's incredibly useful...but maybe if I used the foreground as a frame for the back?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can think of one example, anyway - in a crowded environment, you can focus on one person in the back, while all the rest are blurred.

It's also a matter of controlling the blur - here the foreground is massively out of focus, but it doesn't have to be that much of a difference.

I did a quick Google search on 'background focus', and came up with a few more examples:

http://image38.webshots.com/39/7/2/89/314170289PrMzYT_ph.jpg

http://images.inmagine.com/img/photoalto/paa160/paa160000072.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/69/199263086_58bf554aa8.jpg?v=0

So yes, something to consider.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first says "forbidden server"...but I totally get the idea from the other two. I like it! Though I DO think that both pictures are a tad overexposed. (Though some of mine are too lol. Gotta be careful of those glass houses, you know.)
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... me too. Well, I got it off Google, so it's their fault. It's a picture of a desert suburb, with a clump of purple flowers in the foreground.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week 6: Light/Shadow

For this project, we needed to capture five photos where shadow plays the main role in the abstraction of the picture and five photos with five different unusual light sources. I'm going to add a few more from my pool shoot because I'm particularly proud of it.


Ascend


Bunyan's Bounty


Cancer


Deep


Emergency


Fallen Angel


Frond


Growth


Peter Pan


Time


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved the first five, Peter Pan, and Time.

The first Untitled made me crack up.

Actually, not the first five. The first five I could see. Ascend isn't working.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know why, but I like "Fallen Angel". What is it a picture of?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looked like an underwater shot of someone splashing into a pool.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually standing above her as she falls backwards into the pool. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fallen Angel and the tree are my favorites, as well as Emergency. But after that... it sort of fell apart. I can' telaborate now, but I will later if you want me to.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep in mind that the only pictures I'm actually including in my project are the ones up through time. The all the pool shots (save Deep and Fallen Angel) are up purely because I like them and not necessarily meant to be part of this set. And yes, if you could elaborate, that'd be great. "I don't like it" doesn't help me much, but telling me why you don't like it does.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, good, because those really bring down the overall quality of this set. (By the way, I can see Ascend now - and it's gorgeous.) Mostly, it's because the water distorts the model's proportions. There's a way to use water to your advantage, but these shots don't. For that reason alone, I'd scrap them from a public portfolio. Also, the reflection up onto her face looks wrong somehow... perhaps because we're more used to seeing a light source from above.

Also, the two plant pictures you took - I can't really see how shadow and light play a role in those. Would you mind explaining?

I think my two favorites are Ascend and Emergency.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, if you turn Bunyan's Bounty to the right 90degrees, it looks cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, that's the orientation I took it. Perhaps if I hadn't rotated it... Ah well. Thanks! Smile
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