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29 July 2011 @ 10:12 pm

love the composition here, I can just see this as a two-page spread with the title of the edit on the left page over the rocks! and that gets me way more excited than it should! Because I do like that background - the colours in the sky could do with some refining but the rocks are spot on I think!

I'm not particularly crazy much else here though. He looks... alright - people have definitely looked better. I like the thigh action going on but otherwise there are so many things I would do differently if I were retouching this again. His chest has almost no contrast it's a bit unusual to look at, I should have sprayed him down more regularly to give some shiny highlights. And I really should have used a different (longer) lens, the distortion isn't flattering at all

Again, LOVING the rocks! Look at those blues and yellows! And I'm really into how it gives the picture a bit of texture and life without being overbearing!

But... his face just looks so weird and fake. And the pose with his arm behind him looks so unusual... The crop is nice though.

Ack! Again! I am living for this background texture! Those greens and blues! I wish that the picture overall had a bit more brightness/contrast so it really popped out but they're there... I see them :P

You can barely see it in this tiny version but I really like his jaw and face in general, the pecs and shoulders are also doing the right thing.

I'm not sure how I feel about the crop because in general I tend to crop in too close (I have so many headshots now, it's getting ridiculous) so I wanted to go out further and I do like that this distance allows me to appreciate the water but I think I went a bit too far.

And again I think the posing really could be a lot stronger, this whole awkward lean thing isn't doing a lot for me.

Now here I think the posing is the strongest part. It's a bit and unusual and disjointed but it makes him look really long which I like. I'm really into his calves as an unusual note. And his wrist! And his face, come to think of it!

The clothes are horrible. I think in a shoot like this, they should either be nice swimsuit things or nothing at all. He seemed keen to go for nothing at all but I didn't think it would fit and that was a silly decision.

If I were to do this again, I probably would have taken off about four layers of clothes and maybe even posed it a bit differently (even though I said the posing was the best part I think it should be changed? I must not like this shot at all? The things you learn when discussing your work, folks :P)

ugh his skin looks like GOLD, I love it! And the gold in the rocks! I just wish that this theme had spread into the other shots because I think it would have been the key the shoot.

And I'm REALLY into his curves! Women get a lot of credit for their curves but men have them too, ya know :P appreciate!

Also his face looks weird. I think his eyes could have done with more retouching.

Again, so golden! And he's slightly shiny from the water, it's as if he's glowing! I just wish so much that the first few shots had this effect! I love the colours here, I love the background texture, I like the expression and the pose and his cheekbones and abs and all of those things.

Two things I don't like: the random patches of desaturation (his hair, his thighs... what gives?) and that overexposed spotlight on his arm (SO distracting... such bad technicianship... and if he'd taken just half a step to his right he could have dodged it) but overall my #1 shot in the set!

set things

so this was intended to be sort of a DNA, Tetu kind of mens mag thing with a bit of an editorial ~flava~ and I don't think it really hit the mark. The posing could have done with a lot more intent and direction, I was so pushed for time I didn't have a chance to think about that beforehand and I really needed to.

As mentioned, the clothes really could have been removed, they were so unnecessary. And also I wish I'd spent more time retouching the way he looked rather than retouching the colouring.

Also if I recall, I had a huge technical problem with only having half of a memory card free which limited us a lot during the shoot. It meant we couldn't take in the full majesty of the sunset and it kept on stopping us when we started to get into a shooting flow. I've since bought two more 16Gb memory cards but I think if that hadn't have happened then this shoot would have come out significantly stronger :P It just goes to show that the amount of time you dedicate to the shoot is directly proportional to the result of the shoot.
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 29th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
cg society

haha I'm probably one of the only photographers who would actually take this as a compliment, thankyou :P

I don't know if the model is supposed to be the focus of the shoot or a way to highlight the background

yeah that's so true. I tried to keep the background simple so it wouldn't detract from him, but it's so much more fun to look at :P

where it could be published

yeah, I'm definitely with you on this. With my next batch of photos I am going into a few of them with a clear intent that I want to use them to convince a magazine I'm already capable of shooting their style.

I feel with your photos that the real star of the shoot is the color/technique

sure that's a legitemate claim. I do find that it's the part of the process I'm most in my element in and I enjoy the most. And I guess ultimately what I'm aiming for is something that is just pleasant to look at. Something that has aesthetic interest, rather than emotional or practical interest. I mean I do want them also because I think they're essential in fashion photography, but aesthetics (contrast/saturation/hues/design elements) come first for me.

I am very curious to see how you would deal with nudity

Heh, the closest I've come to nudes is this shoot, but it's definitely on my list ;)
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 29th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
But maybe they are also much less versatile

I'm glad you said this because I feel like that's what I've been trying to prove up until now. All of these shoots were done during the course and I basically wanted to prove that I could do everything. I just knew I was going to get pidgeon-holed for doing wacky shoots with crazy saturation so I've been trying so desperately to prove that I could do simple studio shoots or tone down the saturation and still have it be good. But in doing so, it's made me realise how much I want to be pigeon-holed, because that hole is what I really feel more than anything else. And I've realised there's no point in doing anything if it isn't truly what I love.

Because the thing is, I feel like I really do have a strong idea of the (wo)man I'd like to shoot and the life they lead and I fully intend to focus on honing that and nothing else from now on.

should make you want buy the dresses even if they are ugly

I'd think that this has more to do with buying the lifestyle, rather than the dress, which would involve all of the other elements of the shot being impressive (like the background and the colours etc) correct?
Joshblueymcphluey on July 29th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
oh also, I think re: the clothes getting lost in the design of it all, I think partially that has to do with me just not liking the clothes (because I've not really had access to many options while I was in Adelaide) and tending to focus my interest towards other areas of the picture.

And also I haven't had access to the kinds of models who ideally I'd like to be shooting so I push the emphasis onto, say, the background.

Just out of curiosity, do you feel as if I've emphasised the clothes enough in this shoot? Because I feel like that's the one I've been happiest with the clothes available to me

and in those recent shots I've been putting on tumblr, that model is the only model I've actually specifically picked out myself, so do you feel like the emphasis is on her in those?