Ilford SFX 200

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  1. Alpha

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    A test of the new batch of SFX. This was from a shoot I did a couple weeks ago. Taken with a 25 filter.

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    Great shot & fantastic perspective. The only thing I don't like is how centered she is, but it doesn't bother me too much.
     
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    does it bother anyone else when the shadow is on half the body and off the other half? maybe it's just me. Agfa has such a nice feel to their black and white film and paper. i love them. the photo has nice composition with her body but would it not be better if this was shot horizontally and you composed her at the top of the frame so you could included more stairs to get a better idea of her being on stairs?
     
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    1) From Charles Hamilton's "Photographing Nudes":
    "A frontal, head-on light shows little if any dimensional qualities. As the light is moved in an arc around the nude, modeling effects are gradually increased until one half of the figure is in highlight and the other is in shadow. At this point modeling and the consequent illumination of dimension is at the maximum."

    2) The film is Ilford, not Agfa.

    3) No, more stairs would not look better. The stairs are not the subject. In fact, I cropped them out of the finished photo.
     
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    Its a bit riskay how you can see through the bottom of the dress. What side of her were you trying to capture?
     
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    hah, whatever dude. i was just giving you my own opinion. sorry, i must be in the wrong critique thread. and uhm, just because stairs are in the photo does not mean that makes it the subject. if i saw stairs in the photo i would not think of it as "the subject". i would see it as a nice design element that is leading my eye directly to the model but whatever dude. i meant to say Ilford, whoops.
     
  7. Alpha

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    Her underside?

    Sheesh. Give me a break. And save a few tears to shed when I start shooting nudes.

    And the word is risqué
     
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    Perhaps it's the scan, or perhaps my monitor isn't warmed up, but the overall contrast is a bit flat. I think cropping out the bit of sky would eliminate a distracting element and give the piece a nice panoramic composition. I love the pose, and mood however. Nice work.

    I'm curious why you are so unable to withstand being critiqued though.
     
  9. Alpha

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    It's not that I'm unable to withstand being critiqued. I didn't object to CherryMoose's comment that she was too centered, and the points that you made are well-taken. In fact, I'm going to re-scan this series I think. As for PhotoPhoenix's comments, I wasn't particularly keen on the "would it not be better" bit, as if the composition were unintentional. There are people on this board who don't know what they're doing. I'm not one of them. Really, as if upon preparing to take a shot such as that, it hadn't occurred to me to include the stairs... And Cosmom3 apparently has only ever seen Mapplethorpe's photos of flowers.
     
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    Max, some of us make compositional mistakes from time to time. Sometimes, my compositional choices are unintentional. I'm glad to know however that you know what you are doing, and seemingly never make a mistake.
     
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    haha. people are sooo full of themselves. it's amazing. you read it yourself.. he knows what he's doing so it's ok that her face doesn't have any fill light and it looks like she has black eyes. why are we even critiquing this if you do not want to take advice kindly? my turn to be rude. if you think i do not know what i'm doing, i suggest you follow that link in my signature.
     
  12. Alpha

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    It's not that I don't want to take advice, or that I never make mistakes. The fact that there are things about the photograph that could be different doesn't necessarily make them "mistakes" or even problematic. And the fact that I planned them that way (with the exception of the sky thing) doesn't make me full of myself for maintaining that they aren't problems per se.

    Edit: The distinction to be made is one of parallel versus vertical changes in terms of quality. Following the rule of thirds with her horizontal positioning, adding a fill light on her face, or including more stairs below would have made the shot different, but not necessarily better as far as I'm concerned. So I don't take all that kindly the implication that I'm stubbornly refusing to improve upon my photographic abilities by not taking advice to change them. It makes no difference. A better quality scan, or removing distracting elements from the background, however, may indeed improve the shot iself.
     

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