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Old 17-09-2006, 17:36   #1 (permalink)
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Shot a celeb/charity do last night that had a catwalk show as part of the bash; there's one particular shot out of all of them that I keep going back to and I don't know why... I guess it's a classic case of "Je ne sais quoi", but let me know what you think

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Old 17-09-2006, 18:49   #2 (permalink)
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Reminds me of the kind of shot that would be used in advertising, as perfect space in shot for text etc..
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Old 17-09-2006, 19:23   #3 (permalink)
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Looks like a nice venue!
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Old 17-09-2006, 20:56   #4 (permalink)
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its a very well ballanced shot in terms of composition and as such is very pleasing on the eye,
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Nice work; lovely light on the model.
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Old 18-09-2006, 12:38   #6 (permalink)
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This looks to me like a fine example of balanced composition. The lights on the left balance the model on the right, but she is still the focal point because she is in sharp focus but the softness of the lights does not distract.

Perhaps you might just take out that small light spot on the bottom? Clone rather than crop?
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This looks to me like a fine example of balanced composition.
Oh, the irony!

Considering I shot this just as the model was turning, I wasn't really thinking about composition at the time... just "get a bloody shot, you idiot!"

It was a very challenging shoot in many ways - what you see was shot at ISO 640, f/2.8 and 1/100 sec using a D2X and 17-55mm DX lens, probably at the 17mm end.

I hate using flash for runway and catwalk stuff since you can never get an even balance between the colour temperature of the venue lights and the that of a flash. I prefer to time my shots for when the models are bathed in even lighting from both sides if possible. I'm at the mercy of the stage lighting technicians in that respect

As regards the hotspot in the lower left of the image, I hadn't noticed it before but yes - it's probably ripe for a little bit of clone/heal treatment.
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Thanks; the venue was the Kelvingrove Museum & Gallery in Glasgow... quite the place for a catwalk show indeed.

It was a useful primer for me since the 2006 Scottish Style Awards will be held there too, and I'm going to be shooting that event as well.
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Old 18-09-2006, 16:05   #9 (permalink)
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Its funny that you just caught the shot at the right time more by accident than planning but sometimes these work the best and its a nice reward for all the effort one usually has to put in to get results...take them when you can

As regards to the shot itself, it works really well looks well lit and has massive potential as a portfolio image or if inclined (and you have the required permissions) it would make a great stock libary shot.
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Good idea, Steve; I think I'll use it as a background image for a promo postcard idea that I'd been toying with. I can get 10,000 A6 postcards printed up for around £500 or so with the intention of sending them out to Page Ranking companies throughout the UK - all in an effort to get more inbound work.

Here's a rough mock-up of what I have in mind



The reverse will be mono and simply cite "Commercial, editorial and Page Ranking photography specialists" and have contact details and possibly a code to cite that will get new clients a discount off their first commission on mention etc. etc.

I'll probably launch this drive sometime in January to get new clients on the books... will report back and let you know how I get on
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wow i cant get over the quality on this site,fantastic pic
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Very nice mock up. really like the top font.
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Good image and mock up works well - all the better for having a timeless quality to it. Think I'd burn back the top left lights ever so slightly to allow banner to show up more fully
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Am I the only one that thinks the lens with the eye in it on the right hand side of the banner is a little too prominent? I think it would benefit from being slight more transparent.
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Am I the only one that thinks the lens with the eye in it on the right hand side of the banner is a little too prominent?
Yup!
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Am I the only one that thinks the lens with the eye in it on the right hand side of the banner is a little too prominent? I think it would benefit from being slight more transparent.
The banner text has been my company logo for over two years; I keep it consistent across all media
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