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    Latest newsss: Can't change the thread's title again, but it WOULD be: TeenEDGE Project. This is my fall '10 semester Advanced Photography project focusing on the theme of Teens/Young Adults habits, activities, insecurities and such. I specialize in B&W Film Photography, so eat your hearts out digifans! Haha, you can check my flickr for the 3 prints I have up so far. There are actually 4, but for one of them the model told me not to expose on the internet. Pshh, from now on I'm making them sign MR forms. :D Stay tuned. :)

    *The final photos of the (Spring '10) project has been uploaded to Frolicker! Check them out :) My grade: 38.2/40 (points) ->95% and a semester average of 95.6% A. I'm proud of myself, the final images I'm very happy of! Feedback please. <3

    Feel free to C&C my previous project, titled: The Body Project. I'd guess you can say they're pretty much artistic nudes, so..warning I guess? :lol: It is IMPERATIVE that you read the description of the set before viewing/critiquing the photos. Available here: The Body Project - a set on Flickr

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    -_- 21 views..but nobody comments. Hmm.
     
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    What were the reactions at your school?
     
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    Lol, well I'm in an Intermediate Advanced Photography Class. I'm the youngest @ 20, the rest of my classmates are 22-26. Um, reactions, as in? Shock? None of that. If you mean what'd they say in critique, they said they wanted more contortion of the body. :)
     
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    Intermediate Advanced? What the hell does that mean?

    No lol here, it was a serious question because I find them utterly boring and not very well done anyway. If you are going to shoot nudes, shoot nudes.

    There is a very good reason why photographers go through the "nude" phase. They are very hard to do. Yes, seriously. And, yes, it is a very good exercise and that is why I was interested in the reaction from your classmates.

    However, it is very disappointing. And I can't help and wonder what intermediate advanced means...
     
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    Btw, the fact that you are in Florida and have spanish text in your sig makes me think you may be of latino origins. That is part of my disappointment. I think latinos are more comfortable with their bodies than anglo-saxons and that means you should be able to get better photos related to your theme :grumpy:
     
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    Please realize I am just a hobbyist with photography but I will try to critique a few as I see them...please take no offense. Just trying to help and photography is very subjective. I actually like 4,5 and 6 (Iv,V and VI) the best. More contortion to me seems less natural as in #10 and #11. Body V has the knees cut off and the top right background is a bit distracting (to me ;) ), but I like the use of the curves of the torso into the lines of the raised legs. My eyes actually "flow" through the photo. VIII has a harsh shadow on the wall and an odd white spot in the lower left (armpit) but again...nice smooth curves. Just an sincere attempt at helping you...I hope it does. I've used Tri-X film years ago...400 speed is a bit "grainy" for my taste. Unless that is what YOU want and YOU are the photographer here. 100 speed may soften the photos considerably and the female body ( I think) is usually enhanced with a softer look.
     
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    Cloudwalker,
    They are not SELF PORTRAITS. And, if you read the description of the set, you would see they didn't start out as nudes. Thanks. I appreciate your honesty, but really don't find any depth in your 'theory', because ONE, you're wrong. My text is not Spanish. Two, not all photographers go through a 'nude' phase for the same reasons, this is just to try it out for a semester. To explore new horizons.
    Intermediate Advanced meant either or, I should've just used one but oh well, your critique has no substance. It's boring to you, why? There's a subject and predicate to a sentence, and you just gave me a dead subject.

    Your whole speculation about my signature has nothing to do with my photography, why? You have no idea what ethnicity the model is. It's one thing to give constructive criticism, and it's another to make false & highly generalized assumptions.

    Anybody else?
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    Ahh, yay, a real critique. Thank you so much, about the film suggestion, I used tri-x but pulled to 200 because of how contrasty 400 can be. I don't really have an issue with the amount of grain, as it usually only really shows if I crop an image too closely. the only 100 speed film I would use is tmax 100 and that I usually use for outdoor photography. I definitely get the shadow on the wall, utterly distracting, is so true! In the end of the semester, I'll be creating a final portfolio (after 2 more regular critiques!) of the best of my prints, with means I'll be shooting another 2 rolls of film where I will definitely reshoot Body V with knees included! :) so, thank you so much for your suggestions!

    P.S.: The ones you like are the ones my professor detested! Lol.
     
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    Just a suggestion...don't limit yourself to 1 brand of film. I used Kodak 95% but Fuji gave the same shots a different look in color rendition and also the graininess. ASA 400 from Kodak sometimes looked more grainy and flatter colors than Fuji 400. The fun part of photography is "thinking outside the box" and discovering ALL the options you have! Are you using On-camera flash? Think of your light source position to remove shadows or place subject closer (or farther ) from the background. Also...look online at similar type photos and see what appeals to you. A crumpled sheet draped behind may look better than a stark wall...
     
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    Well, my professor HATES crumpled sheet and prefers stark wall. And that would take away from the subject, in my opinion. She actually wanted me to get a white or black background, so, the wall served as such pretty easily. I couldn't afford to buy a yard of black velvet so I went w/ the white. I'm not using flash, and I have to pay more attention to shadows on the walls, definitely. About the film, I don't have the money to be testing out new types of film, I bought the kodak in bulk (14 rolls) for the whole semester. I quite like it, but when the semester is over, I will definitely experiment with other brands. I've actually heard a great deal about Fuji, so definitely will be trying it out!:thumbup:
     
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    Hi Sbuxo: I moved your thread from the Alt section to Discussion, since these images don't represent alternative techniques. :)

    RE: the comment above about trying other films - I think you are actually wise to stick with one film while learning. If you are shooting, developing, and making print enlargements all from the same film type, you will become expert at what you can expect from that film type. When you eventually try others, you then have something solid to compare it to. You'll learn much faster with the next film you try, and you should use it for some time, as well. Eventually you'll be able to decide in advance what film you want for which project you're shooting, because you will be able to predict the results better. This is how we learn!

    Good luck, and keep shooting! :D
     
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