Discussion in 'People Photography' started by agompert, Dec 18, 2009.
I like it!
Ok in all seriousness I think what's wierd about it is how you look puzzled. I would've loved to see more confidence or fear....something intense in your expression with this nudity IMHO.
Overall a good looking shot. Not overly "sexy" but comfortably erotic. Nice to see people as comfortable as you are. Looks somewhat blown out on the right side, but the concept (self portrait of a nude like this) is pretty original. The glasses are a good touch, but it seems like you're concentrating on yourself in a mirror or something. A more natural look of you looking away would be less distracting, and finally perhaps a crop slightly lower than what you've got here. (Not too low, but enough to show what appears to be a shapely set of hips.)
but two things-
one, you kinda look like you are questioning yourself, almost like, "is this good enough??"
two, did you purposely over-expose it? i can almost see a theme
"I'm fresh, ARREST ME!" (remember that irritating commercial?)
You are one brave young lady....
something is off about the framing. i think it is because your arms are extended upwards, but we can't see your hands
Apart from you looking a little worried, it looks a great shot to me. I think the overexposing works well, because it helps draw attention to your head/face where the contrast is greatest.
I think Rekd's idea of cropping a little lower to show your hips curving out could be a good one.
Well, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about the pose and the blown tones. The pose and expression kind of give me the impression you were at a doctors office getting a physical or something. The lighting plays off your light skin tone, but I wonder how it would have looked with some creative lighting and shadows with a black sweep, then maybe converted to B&W, I think that would be worth a shot.
Whats good is you are brave, and very pretty so I dont think you can really go wrong....
First, you're incredibly brave and a LOVELY young woman!
As for a technical critique, here are few thoughts about the photograph:
- I like the high-key look. It complements the subject's lovely pale skin.
- The glasses are interesting as the only inorganic items in the composition, but they do hide the subject's eyes a bit, and I like to be able to see eyes in portraits.
- While I like the high-key look, the subject is a bit over-exposed and there are large sections of the arms and body that are blown out.
- The pose is a bit awkward. It doesn't look natural, or sensual, or comfortable for the subject. Some nudes are posed to be erotic, others are posed to look like they're spontaneous like the model was caught in a natural act, some are posed to create interesting shapes and lines, etc... I don't see that kind of purpose driving this pose.
- The eyes looking off the left edge of the frame is like the pose to me. It doesn't seem to have purpose. If anything, it conveys a sense of discomfort and unwillingness to meet the camera's eye and therefore the viewers eyes. That can be done alluringly with a demure look, but that generally has the eyes half-lidded and cast downward. The attitude of the chin and month is strong, almost defiant, but the eyes don't match that strength. Does that make sens?
- The light gradient on the subject goes from the right of the frame to the left in terms of bright to dark. The light on the backdrop does the same. I'd find it more interesting if the light on the backdrop went the other other direction or was completely blown out white.
- Like others have said, I would have loved to see the composition include a little more of the flare of the subject's hips. That would have added more sensuality and shape to the composition.
So, with all that said, I have to reiterate how wonderfully brave you are to share a photo like this with us.
I would say you are brave like everyone else... but your just very confident in yourself, so kudos to you! I wish I was that confident! Over all I like the image, I like the slightly over exposed look.
Glasses and hairdo make her look like a secretary or a schoolteacher or something like that...
Alas,... My only bravery is in my ability to photoshop. Which is why I look so uncomfortable, because I am. To pugs, you 've look far too into the photo. I know it's crazy, but normally when I do a shoot with myself, it's hard for me to play the photographer and the model at the same time. so sometime in the 10 seconds I have to set the camera's self timer and place myself, all logic goes out the window and I just do the first thing that comes to mind, and... in this case it was a ballet stance. the arms are cut, because again, I can't see myself in the framing of the camera when I'm the one posing, and though I could have put a bit more effort behind it to capture what you all suggested, I simply loved the image itself. with all my inperfections, and all IT'S imperfections, it seemed we matched.
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