[photos] Couple more from the Louvre

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    I know there's millions of photos of the art there. I took some
    happy snaps of some of the more famous pieces, but this couple of
    sculptures just caught my eye for some reason. I also tried them
    in B&W to see which I preferred, you could say there's some Rocha
    coming out in me :)

    The hands on this piece just seemed so detailed and life-like:

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?img=photos/2007_10_04-Paris/img_3506.jpg
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?img=photos/2007_10_04-Paris/img_3506-bw.jpg

    And the expression on the face here had me staring at it for some
    reason:

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?img=photos/2007_10_04-Paris/img_3515.jpg
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?img=photos/2007_10_04-Paris/img_3515-bw.jpg
     
    Troy Piggins, Nov 4, 2007
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  2. I'd have to say these are just ok - to me they cry out for *much*
    tighter cropping, to simplify the subject and point out exactly what
    interested you. Photo's should scream at you - "THIS is the
    subject!!", I reckon! And even though it is a statue, chopping off
    someone's head needs to be done very carefully, and only with very
    good reason! I found my eye was wanting to look up and see what the
    face looked like, even though you clearly didn't want me to - by
    cropping much tighter, that temptation would be reduced..
    I agree that it is a mesmerising face, but again I would ask the
    question, what does the rest of the image add? The bottom left is
    particularly distracting. Nice bw treatment though. Did you
    experiment with the different colour channels?

    keep at it!

    mt
     
    mark.thomas.7, Nov 6, 2007
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  3. Troy Piggins

    Troy Piggins Guest

    * is quoted
    * & my replies are inline below :
    Hmm. I just tried several crops and can't seem to get one that
    achieves what I think you mean.
    I thought this one would be a little easier, maybe not. Tried
    both a portrait crop and a landscape one. What do you think?
    I prefer the portrait one.

    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?img=photos/2007_10_04-Paris/img_3515-portrait-crop.jpg
    http://piggo.com/~troy/photos.php?img=photos/2007_10_04-Paris/img_3515-landscape-crop.jpg
    I'm embarrassed to admit that I just used Canon's DPP software
    and used the monochrome picture style. It looked ok to me so I
    left it like that. I'm a little noobish at post-processing as
    well as composition. Shooting RAW seems to give more freedom. I
    agree they seem to suit b&w.
    Thanks Mark. I'm trying. Hope you don't mind, but I'm looking
    through my other photos to find more for comment and critique.
     
    Troy Piggins, Nov 6, 2007
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  4. I was thinking along the lines of just concentrating on the hand
    alone, or something similar, which might have involved a different
    viewpoint, not just a recrop. Eg maybe down below the hand, with it
    in focus, but looking up so the face was an o-o-f blur..? That sorta
    stuff. I'll often go up/down/left/right/back/forth (and zooming..!),
    until I find something that 'gels' in the viewfinder.. And sometimes
    I give up and just move on to the next photo-op and hope I can do
    better.. )O:
    That's *much* better!! I would compromise and use the vertical crop,
    but moved over a little like you have in the horizontal one. This
    shot is one where the rule of thirds works for me.
    That's fine, it probably uses a heavily green-weighted channel mix to
    give a fairly life-like b&w rendition. Playing with the different R,G
    and B channels is very rewarding (eg Photoshop's channels or channel
    mixer) - give it a try if you can. Then there's LAB... so many toys,
    so little time..!
    Not at all. I hope my comments help rather than hinder! I wish more
    folk would contribute so you got a spread of opinions. C'mon,
    lurkers... (O:
     
    mark.thomas.7, Nov 7, 2007
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