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A difficult choice

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Challenge: Portrait Triptych (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Munich, living room
Date: Nov 1, 2010
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2010

Fotos from a shooting for the websites of my brother-in-law who is a goldsmith and a friend who creates necklaces.
It was only after the shooting that I saw the challenge - perfect timing.

Place: 31 out of 75
Avg (all users): 5.8251
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.9220
Views since voting: 1315
Views during voting: 665
Votes: 183
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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11/17/2010 12:42:15 PM

Dear Bjoern, ,

Thanks for allowing us to have a closer look at your photograph. It is a fact that on average people look and evaluate an image presented to them in 5 seconds. When we are given the opportunity to really look and interpret an image, that is when we appreciate people like you. And thanks to you, we hope to learn much together.

The process I deploy is first of all to look at your previous work and then look at the currents comments made. I want to have a 'feel' for the person who entrusted me with this responsibility. Only then do I spend time with the image for a critique.

The critique can be both Applied (To the image self) and Theoretical (Attempt to philosophy and theorise about the work). It is important for me to be able to describe, to interpret, to evaluate and even to theorize about it. If I can encourage discourse about your work I will be happy.

In the final analysis, I hope you to learn something from it, take something of it and improve both your skill and self confidence.

So, here goes for your image.

This challenge had a few excellent and very creative images. Yours included. I love the fact that your model is all 3 images in a very natural and relaxed position, you clearly mastered the art of working with models as can also be seen in your Silhouette image.

From the feedback you received you had 'votes' for all 3 images with the 3rd one doing the best. This clearly indicates that although people are different in their preferences, there are a mainstream of opinions. I think the reason for #3 is eye contact more than anything else. Seen in the whole that maybe one of the critical points for improvement. I would like to say you have captured a priceless expression in the third image.

I agree that this image could be improved with the use of levels/curves that will improve the contrast slightly. It would at least have given you a bit sharper looking image.

The fact that the first two images are different at distance/zoom from the 3rd must be noted. If you wanted to use a closer focus, that image should have been in the center providing a balance.

Personally I think the fact that all three images are from the same angle also make the image composition less attractive. Allow me to give an example; the third picture in the center, the second picture first and the first picture flipped and in third position could make an interesting composition.

Looking at the neutral grey frame as opposed to they darker grey background bothered me at first, but the longer I looked the more it appealed and proved to be a good choice. By the way, did you notice the center image's background is slightly lighter than the first and last?

Finally, I valued the triptych at a higher level than the average because it is worthy of a better score. Keep it up, you are doing a good job.

Kind regards,


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2010 09:51:07 AM
no worries. You chose well.
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11/13/2010 12:19:25 AM
very cute girl, I'm liking the one on the left, but the pic on the right
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11/11/2010 09:40:07 PM
with a beautiful décolleté like that, she could wear a car tire around her neck and still look good! ;)
I actually like that third choice, nice!
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11/11/2010 02:37:30 PM
I say go with the third set. A little levels boost would help this set. Good luck
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11/11/2010 09:18:11 AM
looks like no choice yet! 7
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11/10/2010 09:06:44 AM
I wish the third photo was in the same zoom level as the others, or at least showing more of the dress to keep consistency. The necklace on the center image would have been my choice for her, if she'd ask :)
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11/10/2010 08:47:56 AM
it's quite easy.. the one in the middle ;)
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11/09/2010 12:18:24 PM
No choice at all - definitely the first one - although a simple set of pearls could also look very nice :- )
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11/08/2010 06:33:13 PM
Love the expression in the 3rd shot :)
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11/08/2010 01:16:56 AM
choose the middle one...very beautiful and classy
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