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LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:27 PM

Lets begin...

LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:28 PM

Life..

LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:30 PM

like yours..

LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:31 PM

or..

LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:32 PM

maybe..

LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:32 PM

not.. ?

LBoy Nov 22, 2005 2:33 PM

.

Hards80 Nov 22, 2005 3:02 PM

here we go..

#1- not my fav of the bunch.. but still.. good composition, great lighting.. and a nice smile.. good start..

#2- one of my favorites.. love the composition.. very refreshing, unique.. nicely done..

#3- this is excellent.. this one and #6 vie for my favorite.. the composition is great.. subjects are placed perfectly.. expressions are absolutely intense and perfect.. the selective focus is superb..

#4- the light is too much, not enough detail retained in your subject for me.. if he had been about 1 foot closer to you, it would have been perfect..

#5- i like this one alot too.. the expression here is intense and engaging.. the composition is close and clean and works quite well..

#6 -the last shot here is one of the strongest for me.. i was not there, so i can't say that you captured the feeling well, but i definately get a lot of feeling from the last shot.. the composition is wondeful here.. you are close enough to capture the subject well and the hardships he is obviously enduring.. but have left enough room to give the subject context.. the focus is selective enough to isolate him, but leaves just enough sharpness in the background to keep it contextual..


this is a simply marvelous set.. anyone interested in any sort of reportage/pj stuff look no further for some great examples..

hats off to you LB.. you have certainly impressed me..

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dustin

http://www.hardwickphotos.com

SteveDak Nov 22, 2005 3:23 PM

The last one is really powerful - Time Life quality -agree with everything Dustin said(but I've been doing that ever since a picture frame fell on my head:blah:)

julies517 Nov 22, 2005 8:27 PM

i agree with everything dustin said...and i'm glad he put it all so eloquently cause it's been a hectic day and i'm having trouble putting words together into a coherent sentence. i like #'s 3 and 5 best. if the eyes are the window to the soul, you've captured it....fine fine work LBoy.

DomCotton Nov 23, 2005 2:49 PM

Hi,

I have to say while your pano's are fantastic it is quite nice to see something different!

#1 - I am suprised Dustin missed it but shouldn't he be looking into the frame? Not sure... am still thinking about it... really like the contrast

#2 - Great curve of the people really nice

#3 - Really like the DOF.. love it

#4 - I liked this at first but then thought it would have been better if you had more detail in the mans face. I do like the overall idea... maybe if the sun was a little lower and the rays were a little higher?

#5 - I think this is a little too close - but then I am still struggling to make "amateur photographer"!

#6 - Definately the best of the collection. It has a really powerful feeling and has good detail and contrast.

I really can't thank yourself and Dustin and so many others on this site enough for inspiring and assisting us beginners...

Dom

LBoy Nov 24, 2005 4:08 AM

I'm not going to comment too much on the images. These were selected because I thought there were certain artistic elements present in all of them. This doesn't necessarily make them the best reportage examples (where, on my opinion, you can throw the rulebook away.) But then how exactly would I expect a critique for that.

Am I expecting a critique for these? mmm not sure really. This happens to be the board I prefer now most due to the people who visit here, so in general just wanted to put them here for that reason. I will remove them in a week or so.

Dom,

:-)Yes I do and have posted a fair amount of panos - 9 in total. However I have also included 6 wildlife, 3 street (abstract), 1 cityscape (night), 1 portrait, 3 macro, and 2 night photographs on these forums in the past year.

peripatetic Nov 24, 2005 7:01 AM

Nice to see some stuff from your "day-job". :-)

The most interesting portrait is #1. Unusual composition but all the more compelling for that and technically excellent. Definitely a real connection with the personality of the subject.

For overall visual impact #2. It's original and something quite special. There is an alienness to what is at first glance a very mundane scene. After a few moments in which the viewer simply admires the geometric composition you suddenly become intrigued - "What ARE they doing?!" I keep going back to this again and again.

The rest to me are simply what I'd expect from someone of your ability.

I have to disagree that #6 is the best, the visual feel is very similar to many I have seen before. It's beautifully executed and technically perfect, but the basic notion of the close-up face showing a scene of difficulty or trauma in the background is by now fairly common; not a cliche precisely, but an oft-used visual technique. Looking back through the press awards I suspect you'd find something similar in most years.



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