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Old Aug 9, 2011, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default My wife at the Boston MFA Chihuly exhibit

I went to the Chihuly exhibit in Boston this past Sunday, and took a bunch of photos. If you are interested, the album can be viewed here: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6370541681/invite/0C3C1FEF0BD44D75A9A562A52A73675C

There is one photo that I like a lot, but needs some work. I'd like to get suggestions on how to proceed. Here's the shot:


I basically want to downplay my friend's big gut, to leave my wife looking at the sculpture as the gestalt of the photo. I'm torn between removing him entirely or darkening him enough to make him recede into the background unless you look carefully. Would either of those approaches improve this photo? If so, which would be prefereable? Is there something else that I should do to enhance the shot?
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Old Aug 10, 2011, 8:02 AM   #2
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I basically want to downplay my friend's big gut, to leave my wife looking at the sculpture as the gestalt of the photo. I'm torn between removing him entirely or darkening him enough to make him recede into the background unless you look carefully. Would either of those approaches improve this photo? If so, which would be prefereable? Is there something else that I should do to enhance the shot?
The sculpture is the very strong element in this photo. It takes my
eye a few seconds to find the studious expression on your wife's
face. This definitely enhances the photo. Your friends gut is not much
of a distraction, but the bright object hanging around his neck is very
distracting. It looks like an LCD screen.

I removed the main distraction by cloning out the LCD. This is a definite
improvement. Three further steps were taken to darken your friend until
he disappeared. At risk of offending your friend, I think it is best to remove
him completely.
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tclune -- Great capture of that expression.
corkpix -- Nice PP!

I like the cloning out of the badge? and the darkening of the friend. I like the 2nd from the right. With just a trace of your friend. It gives a frame of reference and a bit of volume.

Take care, Glen
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Thanks, Glen. Corkpix, that series is really helpful -- seeing the choices is the most reliable form of visualization! Thanks much.
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I also like the 2nd from the right. My eye gets a bit distracted by the reflection on the ceiling directly above your wife. I'd darken it a bit.

Nice work on the composition and exposure. It's not easy shooting his work. My one visit to a Chihuly exhibition with camera in hand resulted in sending most of the images to the trashcan because they completely failed to capture what I find so appealing about his work. Yours succeeded in capturing that essence.
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Thanks for the kind words.
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