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African Queen

Been a very   busy last few days for me. Not easy putting up a blog each day have to say, have soo many images never know what or which to choose, never know what sort of editing will suit the image, try this, try that until you get it right, then darn, the image I looked at 30 minutes ago will actually be a better post for today, repeat process, before you know it, 2 hours gone by, it's way past your bed time and you promise yourself, "will not do this tomorrow" :)

Oh well why do I do this, because I REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK... I hunger for the feedback I get from you guys.

Thank you everyone who bothers to provide the Subster with comments. I really appreciate the time you guys take out of your busy lives to visit. Please keep the comments coming.

Suby

Ars longa, vita brevis" 

African Queen

Been a very   busy last few days for me. Not easy putting up a blog each day have to say, have soo many images never know what or which to choose, never know what sort of editing will suit the image, try this, try that until you get it right, then darn, the image I looked at 30 minutes ago will actually be a better post for today, repeat process, before you know it, 2 hours gone by, it's way past your bed time and you promise yourself, "will not do this tomorrow" :)

Oh well why do I do this, because I REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK... I hunger for the feedback I get from you guys.

Thank you everyone who bothers to provide the Subster with comments. I really appreciate the time you guys take out of your busy lives to visit. Please keep the comments coming.

Suby

Ars longa, vita brevis" 

comments (20)

  • bk
  • 30 Mar 2006, 00:33
Hey Subster,


Well, I know exactly what you mean - too many pictures to choose from, but that's the life of a photoblogger, we fail, we learn. And finally we fail better smile.

As for the picture; yes, a very intriguing portrait. The background seems to be a bit busy, but not too busy. Just wondering, why did you crop at her fingers/hands? Good work with the light (I assume it's coming from the left?). I'd love to see her smile.
Suby & Sinem: But Suby, why oh why did you put up this image knowing what you know about this bunch? Why did you not sort out the background?
Oh well break all the rules SOMETIMES is what I say( or more likely what my Sis says), Why did you crop of her finger, why did you pose her this way? Well cause I wanted her posed this way. The other poses that comform tick all the boxes but are boring... thats Suby take, Please please keep the comments flowing, you will be commenting a little bit more on the images I put up, shaking things up a little
To be honest...I think you could have worked more on the subjects pose. She looks like she's just doing you a favour to have her picture taken.

The background isn't the greatest either....that good enough a comment for you?
Suby & Sinem: But Suby, why oh why did you put up this image knowing what you know about this bunch? Why did you not sort out the background? smile
Oh well break all the rules SOMETIMES is what I say( or more likely what my Sis says), Why did you crop of her finger, why did you pose her this way? Well cause I wanted her posed this way. The other poses that comform tick all the boxes but are boring... thats Suby take, Please please keep the comments flowing, you will be commenting a little bit more on the images I put up, shaking things up a little smile
Nice potrait shot. I second Jide, the background is a little distracting and it would have been better if the picture has some shallow dof.
Suby & Sinem: But Suby, why oh why did you put up this image knowing what you know about this bunch? Why did you not sort out the background?
Oh well break all the rules SOMETIMES is what I say( or more likely what my Sis says), Why did you crop of her finger, why did you pose her this way? Well cause I wanted her posed this way. The other poses that comform tick all the boxes but are boring... thats Suby take, Please please keep the comments flowing, you will be commenting a little bit more on the images I put up, shaking things up a little smile Keep commenting bro
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 30 Mar 2006, 01:57
Nice portrait, Im learning from the technical comments of the fellow bloggers smile
Suby & Sinem: I'm glad you are learning, thats the reason we all blog smile Thanks for visiting
Wonderful portrait.
Suby & Sinem: I am glad you like smile Thanks for the comments and for the visit.
  • Micki
  • 30 Mar 2006, 11:30
Great cropping, I love how she fills the whole frame. Another wonderful portrait.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Micki, me smiling
Great potrait. The necklace is nice
Suby & Sinem: I think so myself. thanks for the comments
  • sk
  • London
  • 30 Mar 2006, 13:00
compared to some of ur other portraits this is not as good, its alright though. the background and lighting are a a bit weird. i like the pose. I think its okayish, but I KNOW U can do better.
Suby & Sinem: sad Oh well, did not want to make the background black, felt I shld break the rules a little, ruffle some feathers smile Guess I have been very succesful smile
Th most important for me is the model ! And yes, she is beautiful!
Too bad she doesn't seem to like the photo session. I too would love to see her smile ! smile
Suby & Sinem: I actually have ones of her smiling but I seemed to prefer this one smile Love the look on her face.
The model seems bored and distracted -- the eyes and the smile say, "just get this over with already!"
Suby & Sinem: Okay, surprised thats what you think is potrayed. Thanks for visiting and your comments
  • Osime
  • London
  • 30 Mar 2006, 15:05
I like the reflection of light on different parts of the background, which appears to be coming from the left. I don't see what about the model's expression that seems bored and distracted. I think it's a wonderful portrait.... and yeah Suby, I too would love to see her smile smile ....show us more of what we know you can do.
Suby & Sinem: Babes, whadup. So guess you like. Good. Shots with the model smiling, hmmmmmm.... whats in it for me? smile
  • skee
  • skeetown
  • 30 Mar 2006, 15:45
hmmmmmm, shall I talk or remain silent!

Silence, would say this is ok, well suby.....im afraid it isn't!

the background, as a point of reference does not have to be black, far from it, a shallow dof would have given the background a good bokeh like your previous posting.

You are right when you say sometimes you have to deviate from the norm, but let me point out, in most cases, this only works well when the basics are fully understood to the extent that to break away would not be seen unconventional. ;-)

I personally think you put this picture up to evoke mixed reactions from us fellow bloggers.

c'mon suby, I know this is a nice subject, but picture wise with no emotional attachments, it doesn't meet the mark.
Suby & Sinem: Darn Mr Skee can't a brother have some fun? Been laughing and enjoying the comments on my blog today. Really been revealing. smile Yeah, you know I know the background don't have to be black, me the DOF king.

I actually brightened and sharpened up the background during processing. Okay I promise to only do this once in a while.

To tell the truth, I get bored mostimes, I keep trying to put shots up that are as perfect or good as I can get it, what about those hundreds of pictures that certainly do not meet the mark? I sometimes just love to see what reactions they get, although in the past when I have done this, you guys have seemed to like these shots (weird people) smile Okay Suby will be good (not making any promises). Once again, thanks for your comments. At least I DEFINITELY Know now what NOT to post on Shutterchance. He he he he he he.

The Mad Subster
smile) wow!! u got the same situation as me....but i love to try and using different tecnique to improve my photos, i know it takes time, but kinda fun and i learn something everytime i make mistake. btw i like her cool looking jewery here. they match her skin tone and her shirt...nice simple portrait shotsmile
Suby & Sinem: Thanks bro, we all here to expirememnt. I actually like this shot. But what the hell, it's always nice to shake things up a little bit
  • digitalmike
  • Virginia Colony ,Americas
  • 30 Mar 2006, 17:55
Suby duby do..... Another great shot my friend. A little soft on my monitor, and a little darker on the right than the left. Aside from that it is a keeper though.
I'm off to the mountains this weekend, so I hope to have some nice shots to post in the coming weeks. It is hard to find something every day.

Have a good one dude.......
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Mike, looking forward to seeing the images you are going to come back with. Yeah the thing with monitors is images sometimes look different on monotors, oh well you can't win them all. I do the best I can according to mine smile

Have a safe and lovely weekend
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 30 Mar 2006, 20:19
Good job processing this to enhance the contrast
Suby & Sinem: Thanks. Can you send me you blog address again. Your link does not seem to be working.
  • Fantom Poet
  • Poland (normally Oxford UK )
  • 30 Mar 2006, 21:36
The background is a little distracting but it would be good if it was placing the subject into a context. I must admit the model is coming across as having had enough of a camera pointing at her. it is a good shot even with that.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Bro, funny thing is this was the 1st shot I took. Yep the dreaded background smile Oh well... Thanks for the visit & comment. Plese do come back
  • garyx
  • Stevenage, United Kingdom
  • 30 Mar 2006, 22:25
For me this picture is emotionless; the background and pose are, in my view anyway very unappealing – and is she an African Queen? Its difficult to know what to suggest you do with the pose, as I don’t know what you were trying to achieve, but I’d certainly get your subject more relaxed?
Suby & Sinem: Ummm funny what this image seems to convey to many people. this is one of those ones I prefered the not smiling to the smiling shots. The background yes distracting was left that way to see the reactions I would get. Well now i KNOW, This has definitely been one of my favourite blog days ever. Should do this more often smile. Thanks for the visut and comments. Do come again
  • Femi
  • Lagos
  • 30 Mar 2006, 23:39
Very interesting portrait!

Not trying to be too critical..(it might be the death of me!!)

The background every one has complained about could actually be the key in the portrait, not sure what you wanted to acheive with it, but every1 seems to notice it, so think about that!

Totally love the jewelery, and the fact that the outfit is tastfully combined, the smile is a bit mysterious, but your subject does look a little scared, but at the same time deep in thought

Not too sure about your use of light as there are shadows on your subject sad (speaking from a movie perspective)

alltogether i'll like her number! and a copy of this picture.
Suby & Sinem: Femi, thanks for the visit and comments. I wanted to know if people would appreciate the background as is. What happens when we do not have the perfect background? Do we always have to photoshop it to conform to the rules? Is the beauty of the subject enough to the viewer?

Don't get me wrong, when I see distracting backdrounds, I will point it out myself. As for the shadows, yep agree with you, shooting in a nightclub ain't the best thing you know smile

As to her number ummmmmmm, Whats in it for me? LOL
  • Champagne Bubbly
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Mar 2006, 00:14
The quality of the picture is satisfactory; however I'm unsure about the lighting - the face, chest and arms seem to have blotches on them that I know are not on the model's body (as I've met her).

One can tell the model is African, but queen??? The model appears pretty and well groomed though - more modern manicured lady than 'queen'. Furthermore, I have to add, apart from looking "bored" [it's hard to define the look on her face]that lipstick colour (in this very context) is just wrong.

The photgraph as initially stated is fine - could be better though - more focused i.e. a less busy background. The model is attractive, and the title 'african queen' is poetic - however I'm not sure both go togehter. In addition, it is unclear what the model/photographer is trying to convey - this is definitely not a piece of art.

However, it's not entirely a job badly done - so well done and keep at it.
Suby & Sinem: Oh well I had to think of a name for the shot and that was the only thing that keept popping up smile I think the best thing to do is to ask her what she was thinking when I took this shot, hopefully not looking/feeling bored as this was the 1st shot I took.

What was I trying to convey? The beauty of the model without a smile, just a matter of fact image that says, "this is me, take it or leave it".

Ahh I see I have a constructive critique in the house. I LIKEY. Please please please do come back and comment on my blog everyday. PLEEEEEAAAAASSSEEEEE.

Thanks again for your comments. Very greatly appreciated.
  • Isowa
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2006, 04:06
I think I like the background. I love her outfit and the jewelry. The lighting is kinda funny, I doesnt really blend. Also looks like she has an "i dont care attitude" which could be cool. So I guess altogether it's ok, yeah I know u could mos def do better.
Suby & Sinem: Glad for the comments, glad you sort of like and very glad you think I can do better. Check out my post http://suby.shutterchance.com/photoblog/879.htm
Hope I did better. Was actually taken in the same spot.

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