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!
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.