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mari_latozas
11-08-2010, 04:46 AM
Well, it's that time of year again...print competition! Why does it seem to come so quickly? :)
I have a few portraits that I was considering of entering. I usually enter
wedding or scenics images so I'm trying to step out of my comfort zone here. UGH!
http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/marippa/print%20competition/rebel.jpg
http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/marippa/print%20competition/littlegirl.jpg
http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/marippa/print%20competition/seniorboy.jpg

Joe_Galioto
11-08-2010, 01:41 PM
mari,
here's a few quick observations,

#1 the confederate flag is considered by many to be political problem, i personalty don't have a problem with it, but some do and i'd hate that to influence the judges.
just don't now if it would make a difference . what's the point of the flag dragging on the ground? if it was our american flag, i'd have an issue with it.

#2 sweet image. the first thing that i notice is the dark table the child is sitting on.
it's out of key, if this is in your studio, invest in a white or lighter colored table or chair.
her head looks a bit low. maybe you have an image of her looking out the window.

#3 The brightest area is on the left side of the image, drawing the viewers eye away from the subject. the shirt is also brighter then the face, same problem.
you could probably darken both these areas to draw the eye back to the subject. the lighting on his face is very nice.

hope this helps, good luck.
joe

GregYager
11-08-2010, 02:35 PM
Mari,
I looked at these yesterday and came back today to give you my input on them and that's when I realized Joe said everything I would've said with the exception of one thing... If you really want to keep the flag image at least edit the folds out of it. My personal opinion would be to find another image. It was once the flag of a fallen rebellion but it has since become a symbol of hate so I would shy away from it.

Rick_Massarini
11-08-2010, 08:01 PM
I agree that Joe covered everything. I would avoid placing or draping ANY flag on the ground (including the flag of the Confederacy) as it is a gesture of disrespect and turns the image into a political statement.

mari_latozas
11-09-2010, 12:09 AM
Thank you Joe, Greg & Rick, I didn't mean disrespect by any means to the confederate flag. You are right, there shouldn't be any flag on the ground.....no excuses, lesson learned. The funny thing, is if you knew me, you would know I am one of the most un-political people around. "Can't we all just get along!" :)
The little girl on the table was taken at her house. It was the end of the session and mom put her on the table, we tried to get her to look up but she was over it. I don't have her looking out, up, just down.

I will make those changes for the last boy, I needed that input.

Thanks again.
Mari