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Sandra Vixen
Posts: 945
Los Angeles, California, US


This was taken in a cove, and it was a lucky take, because the strobe was on the floor and casted the shadow in a way Julio (the photog) thought was really interesting.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121017/00/507e601567a56.jpg

Most of it has been cleaned up but what I was wondering was what should I do in more editing wise?

Shadow works or not? (get rid or not?) should it be both the subject and shadow or just the subject?

Replace background with something, ideas? or what else could I do with this?

Anything else wrong with the image that needs more editing?
Oct 17 12 08:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
intense_puppy
Posts: 864
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


No, it's pretty much perfect as it is. smile
Oct 18 12 02:49 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Sandra Vixen
Posts: 945
Los Angeles, California, US


Okay thanks smile

Well I was wondering if I should make an edited version with some kind of scenic background because the cove looked kinda plain.

Or maybe textured with rocks or a dark old Spanish theatre.
Oct 18 12 01:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MKPhoto
Posts: 5,665
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


It is fantastic dance shot! These moments don't happen often, unless you carefully stage them. How you caught it...keep as a secret wink.

But this is Spanish, and  there is no "drama".  There is in the shadow, but not that much in the dancer. I think emphasis of contrast, darkening of the shadow while keeping you in the spotlight would enhance the mood.

I tried just two things, desaturate and hike the contrast "up there", to make shadow sort of be in the shadow itself and pop the dancer, whether in color or BW (and like the result wink)

The fan and its shadow looking apparently in opposite direction (upside down) look strange, but that's the way you keep the fan above your head.

Also, IMO greenish cast of the original background is kind of bland, I'd correct it to be gray.

Don't add backgrounds  IMO. Pure dance.
Oct 18 12 03:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
intense_puppy
Posts: 864
Brighton, England, United Kingdom


Sandra Vixen wrote:
Okay thanks smile

Well I was wondering if I should make an edited version with some kind of scenic background because the cove looked kinda plain.

Or maybe textured with rocks or a dark old Spanish theatre.

Just for me personally, the simplicity of the background really works. It's all about the dancer and the pose.
I think a scenic background would detract from that.

Less is more big_smile

Oct 19 12 07:54 am  Link  Quote 
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