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aviaandy

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Here I have two variations of a shot I would like to include in an art nude portfolio but can't decide between them. I don't want both in the same group, though I do like them equally. I feel they would reduce impact on one and other, so which is it to be.



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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 8:03am

Dont know how to get two shots on one forum message



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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 8:10am

Personally I prefer the B&W.

The colour has a different feel but in this case I find the flowers in the foreground distracting.

The B& W does have enough texture in it to make it interesting.

BTW to post in the same thread you should see an IMG button above the post which inserts an [img] tag you then can close with the same button after insert the url -which is a /img (but with square brackets around - I have not used them here so it doesn't try to treat this text as an image.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 8:18am

Definitely B&W for me as well.

Just a personal opinion, but I think the contrast and/or saturation in the colour version is perhaps a little too strong.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 8:52am

I with the other on this definitely the B&W.

In the colour the flowers do draw your eye, but in the mono they are not as prominent




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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 10:20am

Thank you guys for taking the time. I do agree with all your comments but in defence of the colour version I kind of liked the warmth of it and that I feel was all that it had over the mono. I did try toning the mono but it didn't seem to improve it at all.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 10:46am

I think before you decide you need to look at them again...there seems to be a dark halo around the model...especially along her left arm & down her back...making her look cartoon like. If this is intentional, then fair enough.




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aviaandy

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 11:00am

quoting post from barone:

I think before you decide you need to look at them again...there seems to be a dark halo around the model...especially along her left arm & down her back...making her look cartoon like. If this is intentional, then fair enough.




I did notice on the left arm and couldn't figure out where it had come from, as to her back, its imperceptible on the tiff file or the print, the arm is also less noticeable. It seems when I convert for Internet files I sometimes get odd changes that I can't explain. I use Photoshop for this conversion, if anyone else has had a problem with this I would like to know if there is a work around.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 11:11am

When I look at my own pics and struggle to choose between two of them I've come to realise that it's often because both versions have shortcomings. With that in mind I'd suggest the answer to your question is "neither".

I realise you haven't asked for critique, so I hestitate to make too many suggestions for improvement. I'll risk venturing just one though - which is that whichever you choose would be improved by cropping one-third off the bottom.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 11:16am

quoting post from JGH:

When I look at my own pics and struggle to choose between two of them I've come to realise that it's often because both versions have shortcomings. With that in mind I'd suggest the answer to your question is "neither".

I realise you haven't asked for critique, so I hestitate to make too many suggestions for improvement. I'll risk venturing just one though - which is that whichever you choose would be improved by cropping one-third off the bottom.


You could be right about the neither, though cropping the bottom third make the stalks of the plants in the foreground more irritating in both examples.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 11:18am

quoting post from aviaandy:

You could be right about the neither, though cropping the bottom third make the stalks of the plants in the foreground more irritating in both examples.

A bit of cloning could sort that out, but large areas of out-of-focus foreground are also distracting.

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RE: Advice for Portfolio. Aug 7, 2011 11:27am

You could always try de-saturating the colour version, just to see what it looks like.

I prefer the B&W of the 2 you posted.

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