does it work?
does it work?
nice. good choice for B&W. but this is not a portrait: the viewer dont see her as a person but just a human being to complement the scene.
it will probably work if your wonderful wife aint in the picture, make it a landscape shot more than a portrait.
however, if you really want to include her,i guess it would have been better if she's sitting on the bench nearest to you in the frame.
also, the B&W looks a bit flat.
no offence intended.just my 0.1c.
have you tried other ways of cropping this?
Anyway here is the color version
The color version looks better huh. I was inspired by some very nice B&W shot in the Landscape forum so thinking of trying out. Maybe this shot is too messy?
Last edited by wind30; 5th March 2007 at 09:27 PM.
looking at this as a portrait, here are some of the traditional ways of composing the
if you're looking at capturing your human subject with a wide perspective of the
environment, another angle would be better. i would actually consider shooting directly from the front of the benches.
also, the bluish grey tones actually give the picture a rather cold atmosphere, i would recommend a slight sepia tint to it
you are right about the blue tone. I was copying I think wil's spain B&W photos he used blue tone so I also use blue tone....
I took a closer crop so that my wife looks bigger. The tone used is a bit warmer, but not sepia kind of look.
This crop does looks better than the first.
the color version
i think you're trying to force 2 elements into an unbalanced frame.
the problem is that there's this huge chunk of space between the 2 elements that tears up the frame. there's no communication between the 2 elements and the space in between to make a legible image.
moreover the tree being partially covered by the out of focussed chair infront is somewhat making it neither important nor unimportant. neither here nor there.
and vertically the space:subject:space proportion in this conservative portrait upsets the visual importance of your human subject as well, like she's being forced downward to the edge of the frame.
for all the tips. Agreed that my wife is too low in the picture.
I never intend the trunk as an impt element in the picure. It is more of a frame for my wife. I wanted to keep the trunk in place so that the overhang branches doesn't look like floating. The chair blocking the trunk is bad but nothing I can do about it now, other than PS it away
Last edited by wind30; 5th March 2007 at 10:51 PM.
this is the same location from a different angle.
same overhanging branch. better?
i would suggest reading up on photography books/magazines/publications on how placement of elements within the frame affects the visual order.
any recommendations? I got like a lot of books on photography already
Scott Kelby's PS CS2 book suggests several ways of achieving high contrast B&W pictures. Then again, that's just the color management part. I think it is the composition that has to be improved.
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