A&P Looking for more opinions... this time photography (NWS)

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  1. Pinan

    Pinan pagan holidays > * other holidays

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    Kind of a newb behind the lens, so I want some constructive critisism.
    Canon Rebel XT. Stock 18-55 lens. Shooting in aperture mode. Roughly f5.6, if I remember right.

    Blacked out the face. Its a friend of mine.

    Be brutal so far as the photography quality goes.

    http://uploader.ws/upload/200901/3_opt.jpg
    http://uploader.ws/upload/200901/4_opt.jpg

    If there is a decent amount of comments, I'll toss out a few others.
     
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    I like the composition and angles of the second one, plus the lighting sets the right mood I think. but the ground looks like wrinkled paper lulz

    I don't care for the first one, aside from it being a nude woman
     
  3. Pinan

    Pinan pagan holidays > * other holidays

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    the ground WAS wrinkled paper! but it looked better than the white sheets I had put down originally
     
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    1st one would have benefited from a larger dof to get more of her figure in focus. The only thing really sharp in the image is her knee. Not really what you want to draw the eye too... IMO, in figure based nudes, the overall shape and flow of motion is what makes or breaks the image, and if 3/4 of the image is oof, you can't follow the flow.

    I like #2 a lot better. I was going to comment on the color cast of the image, but I actually like it. I guess you did need to black out her face, but really, in that shot, her face and expression is what would have defined the feel of the shot (seductive? relaxed?) , and I feel a little let down that it's not there... But I understand why it isn't.
     
  5. Pinan

    Pinan pagan holidays > * other holidays

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    I appreciate your comments.
    Comments on pic one. I actually thought the same about the dof. So, I bought a 50mm prime lens. Problem is, I suck with it. And I need more lights. I have one main softbox, and then 2 side lights is all, so I have a bitch of a time getting sharp pics. I also agree about the focus on the knee. That is actually more of a 'I screwed the pooch on this shot, but tried to salvage it'.

    Comments on pic 2. Its hard to tell on screen, but I used a ps technique that imitates the old hand painted negatives. I tend to do that because it covers the earlier mentioned sharpness issues that I have. She actually told me not to worry about blacking out the face... but I am not sure I am comfortable NOT doing it. It would be my luck that these would come back to haunt her. But the expression is very relaxed.

    I'll find a few others and toss them out there. Might have a good face shot that isnt incriminating.
     
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    cool. I love those old effects. getting into em myself right now.

    don't sweat the face. I get why it's not there. But if I were at an art gallery or something it would be a deal breaker. But since we're on the internets, I wouldn't post noods of girls I shot that I knew either.
     
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    :werd: I think the cutoff foot and the empty space on the first one makes it awkward.
     
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    i cant offer anything past :hitit:
     
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    Nice friend you have. Elbows are a little too sharp though.
     
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    The 50mm prime can be a bit of a difficult focal length to work with on a crop body. You might want to go with something wider if you are going for a full length body picture.

    I also don't care for the paper that she is on. It is wrinkled. She looks like fish about to be wrapped in butcher paper. Your friend has a great graceful looking body, btw.
     
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    I think 2 is great, but 1 has too shallow DOF.
     
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    the focus is on the knee on the first one, not really where we want to look.. the rest is oof. Either keep shallow dof but focus further or larger dof

    second one has potential!
     
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    Great shots. The only thing that really bugs me about #1 is the cut off foot. I love #2 and I may be the only one that thinks this, but I like the slight wrinkle in the paper. To me it give the background some texture and keeps it from looking "hard". Granted I am a noob to taking pics, so I am not the best person to take advice from, just giving my opinions.
     
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    #1. Don't like the crop at all, and the shallow dof with the focus on the knee doesn't work for me.

    #2. I like the pose, and the color tone, but I wish the paper didn't have the ripples in it. I would also like to see her left foot positioned a little different so it isn't parallel and hiding behind her other calf.

    .02
     
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    pussy is out of focus
     
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    there is a decent amount of comments...
     
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    what did you tell your friend to get her to pose nude for you?
     
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    Pinan pagan holidays > * other holidays

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    I'm looking for some others that dont lose too much when I block her face
     
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    Pinan pagan holidays > * other holidays

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    Uh... thats kind of an interesting story.

    Her and I dated for about 3.5 years some time ago. After we broke up, we stayed friends. Actually, she is probably better friends now with my wife than with me. The pictures were originally taken to be used in my drawings (there is another thread out there with some of those). She has known me long enough to know how I am about art. Looking at a naked woman is a bit different when you have a camera in your hand, as opposed to your junk. Anyway, I needed some shots, so I asked the wife if she minded. She said no, so I asked the friend. Bout a week later, we did the shoot. The editing was done when some of the pictures turned out well (took about 150 total, with maybe 20 decent and maybe 3 good ones). Which kind of leads to why I was asking for opinions... these were never intended to be photographs, so I was curious how I did.

    If your trying to get someone to pose for you, I do have some suggestions. Been getting kind of good at it.
     
  20. Jcolman

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    He probably just asked her. When I was young and handsome, all I had to do was ask. I was only turned down once out of the 7 or 8 women I asked to pose nude for me.

    Edit: OP beat me to it.
     
  21. Pinan

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    Not young or handsome. Promised tacos.
     
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    that'll work too!
     
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    Both of them are good IMO but the first one needed a higher F stop
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    For nudity shots, I like seeing use of directional lighting, creating shadows for the tease.
     
  25. Pinan

    Pinan pagan holidays > * other holidays

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    I had actually tried that before.. didnt work so well. Prolly didnt do it the right. Any links to a shot for referance?
     

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