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jayhan 04-02-2007 08:46 AM

Shirley Chan - Scent of Spring
 
Ok... instead of shooting food, these are what I got. :P Tried my hands on the ala Hong Kong style photography after I had a quick go at some Chinese food at a HK Restaurant.

C&C Welcomed.

1.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/168/4...64418a18_o.jpg

2.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/200/4...985f4462_o.jpg

3.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/4...0a4419d2_o.jpg

4.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/175/4...cc2637de_o.jpg

jayhan 04-02-2007 08:51 AM

Actually these should have come first since I shoot the non flash version first while waiting for the sun to set further down... but anyway, here goes.

5.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/196/4...4b653a9a_o.jpg

6.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/174/4...ff05fd11_o.jpg

7.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/196/4...fa935c07_o.jpg

8.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/197/4...70e65b6e_o.jpg

Lesson learned - wear more jacket while its cold. :P

ted 04-02-2007 10:54 AM

Very good mixture of ambient and artificial lights there dewd.

Carry on.

Caveman 04-02-2007 10:55 AM

Ooh I really like the #1 and #7,

for #2 the horizon looks senget a bit. Not sure it is my eyes..
for #3, probably due to the angle of the shot. Colors are less saturated.
#4, it is nice but I would prefer the branches not at the back of her.
#5 & #6 a bit blown out on skins.
#8 flares.. not my favorite.

ShaolinTiger 04-02-2007 10:57 AM

Nice work jay!

#1 Bang on mate, love it.

#2 I find the hair over her face a little distracting

#3 Seems a little washed out, and due to the colour of her shirt and the green grass she blends in a bit too much

#4 Nice but the light is a little too strong, perhaps set the frontal flash down a notch

tiger_killer 04-02-2007 11:21 AM

All photos are not my cup of tea...
Look very artificial..

Aloha Lavina 04-02-2007 11:33 AM

my two cents' worth
 
I like #4. The central positioning of the subject adds a little discomfort to the viewer, but that is a good thing considering it is already quite uncomfortable to have a girl sitting on a chair in the middle of a grassy field. The shot works because it becomes engaging, the viewer is left with questions like, what is she doing there, why is she sitting on a chair, etc. It's easy to take a photograph with a pretty girl. But is is harder to make a photograph with a pretty girl say something new. I think this photograph says something new, and it's got many merits besides, such as good lighting.

alancheong7 04-02-2007 02:02 PM

Love the 1st set, Jay.
1. The sunset...and that pose....! :D
2. The chair...and the foreground, actually. Wonder how'd it look like with just the chair against the setting sun with some grass in the foreground - like the chipped/peeled paint details of the chair.
3. The field
4. The background

2nd set
Love the colours
Love the compo in #7 & #8, too bad about the overexposed parts

The grass REALLY is greener on the other side! :D :D :D

jayhan 04-02-2007 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ted (Post 2776)
Very good mixture of ambient and artificial lights there dewd. Carry on.

Thanks Ted!


Quote:

Originally Posted by Caveman (Post 2777)
Ooh I really like the #1 and #7,
for #2 the horizon looks senget a bit. Not sure it is my eyes..
for #3, probably due to the angle of the shot. Colors are less saturated.
#4, it is nice but I would prefer the branches not at the back of her.
#5 & #6 a bit blown out on skins.
#8 flares.. not my favorite.

Cavey, I did notice the horizon on #2 as well, its illusion from the trees on the left of the photo. :) I think I get carried away and confused myself mixing ambient and flash photography within the same period of time, so thats why the slightly overexposed on some pics :( Anyway I just thought of uploading them to share with ya'll since I feel the ambient only pics have more "feel" to them *knocks on head to get the HK style out* lol.


Quote:

Originally Posted by ShaolinTiger (Post 2778)
Nice work jay!

#1 Bang on mate, love it.

#2 I find the hair over her face a little distracting

#3 Seems a little washed out, and due to the colour of her shirt and the green grass she blends in a bit too much

#4 Nice but the light is a little too strong, perhaps set the frontal flash down a notch

Yeah man, lotsa ppl prefer the #1 too. I think I've been inconsistent in my PP, esp those shot with just natural lighting. If you ask me - the one thing I dislike most would be the colors of her shirt! :P :D Wardrobe malfunction mate! LOL!


Quote:

Originally Posted by tiger_killer (Post 2783)
All photos are not my cup of tea...
Look very artificial..

These photos certainly may not be the best, and Its kinda hard to please everyone :) But I'm trying - my way.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Aloha Lavina (Post 2787)
I like #4. The central positioning of the subject adds a little discomfort to the viewer, but that is a good thing considering it is already quite uncomfortable to have a girl sitting on a chair in the middle of a grassy field. The shot works because it becomes engaging, the viewer is left with questions like, what is she doing there, why is she sitting on a chair, etc. It's easy to take a photograph with a pretty girl. But is is harder to make a photograph with a pretty girl say something new. I think this photograph says something new, and it's got many merits besides, such as good lighting.

Thanks for the critique man. I just thought of banging right smack in the middle for #4. I think one of the most important lesson learned from this shootout was that I need to keep a clear mind to separate ambient only settings vs. flash photography.

Quote:

Originally Posted by alancheong7 (Post 2843)
Love the 1st set, Jay.
1. The sunset...and that pose....! :D
2. The chair...and the foreground, actually. Wonder how'd it look like with just the chair against the setting sun with some grass in the foreground - like the chipped/peeled paint details of the chair.
3. The field
4. The background

2nd set
Love the colours
Love the compo in #7 & #8, too bad about the overexposed parts

The grass REALLY is greener on the other side! :D :D :D

Glad you liked them. We both braved a 9degrees celcius for these shots :P If you can notice, her fingers got reddish hues already due to cold *poor thing* The grass is always greener on the other side, no matter which side you are on ;) but for these - they are greener cuz of PP. :P

noordin 04-02-2007 05:56 PM

You brought fresh ideas on portraiture with your mixed lighting and bacground. Fabulous!


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