View Full Version : What the heck. How about these?

01-24-2008, 04:06 AM
I've decided to suck it up and post a couple that I'm considering for competition. Since Keith has to like live his own life or something instead of holding our hands on here. :p Input? Title suggestions?

Yes, I realize the logo is annoying, but you can still see the image and the logo will allow me to keep this up more than my usual one day here on this public forum where hundreds of nameless people frequent.

Does this type of thing work? Or should I stick her on a solid color?

01-24-2008, 04:23 AM

01-24-2008, 12:35 PM
I'll try. For the first title I've used Strong Bonds. I first felt like he was falling to the right. I would also like to see his child he's bonding with. The second has no contrast and is too flatly lit. The third hold upside down and what is the brightest thing. Santa. The clothing colors of the boy are not really the same shade of red to be complimetary and clash. The boy also doesn't look happy and I mentally want to see happy kids with santa.

Here was my version of Strong Bonds. It was a 78 needed more contrast, ( fixed) moms finger was the brightest part, and the way she is being held the judge said looked like he could crush her. Also the smile didn't look like it belongs on that muscle/tatooed body.

01-24-2008, 03:05 PM
Thanks, Scott. :) The second actually wasn't flatly lit, but I guess may appear so with all the white? There is a hair light on the ceiling and a soft box on her from my left, in between being in front of and to the back of her. The third I was kinda hoping to find a title to match his face. I did think the white of Santa was a bit much, but he's Santa so I didn't know if I could work with it. Kinda guessed not. :p

01-24-2008, 03:10 PM
This one better shows where my lights actually were for the second one without all the white around.

(This one is not matted for competition, it is merely framed for her online gallery.)

01-24-2008, 04:07 PM
Wow. I like the fuller version of the maternity better.

01-24-2008, 04:30 PM
Really? So that one instead? I have quite a bit of stuff I fell in love with from that session, all probably considered better than the one I chose, but I was trying to avoid her face even though she signed the model release. I thought her being nekkid might make her uncomfy hanging for judging at a competition. :p

01-26-2008, 06:50 PM

Of the 3 images you posted, personally, I think the man with child to be the strongest. The maternity images are nice images and I am sure the client loved them but for competition (imho) they don't have the impact you need to score in the merit category. Of the 2 I think the low-key version is better for competition. I would see them scoring in the average/above average category.
The image of the man with child (imho) might score in the merit category with excellent print quality and a great title. It's hard to see this image as presented as its only about 3 inches big on my monitor. What might hold this one back is that the brightest area of the print is the mans right shoulder. Some vignetting in PS might help here. It does have a lot of emotion and that's what is helping carry it.