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Paul Heester
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3Bags

Postby Paul Heester » Thu 01 Nov 2018, 17:36

Been a long time since Ive posted on here but need some advise on below image. This was a grab shot using my phone recently. Obviously the bold colours and symmetry attracted me to these 3 ladies (think it was a Mum and 2 daughters). This is a severe crop of the original. Not sure it has any merit but thought I would canvas opinions from other members.

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Re: 3Bags

Postby anapena » Thu 01 Nov 2018, 17:53

In my opinion the combination of colour are matching really well even that it's not the perfect concept of the colour wheel.
Also the fact of having the same style of handbag and how the woman on the left breaks with the symmetry hanging the bag opposite side to the other two women, makes the picture more interesting .

Thanks for the shot.

Ana
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Re: 3Bags

Postby Peter Boughton » Thu 01 Nov 2018, 22:15

This is a severe crop of the original.

I guess you did that to focus on the colours, but I think it's too severe. I find the partial hair detracts from the image, yet cropping it out (and the contrasting right-hand corners) ruins the effect, so I think it probably needs them to have their heads back, (and then possibly enough space on bottom/sides to balance that and keep the colours centred).
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Re: 3Bags

Postby SteveBudd » Sat 03 Nov 2018, 11:37

Hi Paul.

For me, this shot is all about colour.
It's always fun to play around with arrangements and the degree of 'graphic' you might want to trial, so I'll see your 'severe crop' and raise you an amplified 'letterbox'.
Starting with the initial crop...

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The 'Michael Orton effect' has been added, with 10% blur to move away from the 'literal' to something more graphic. The MOe thing doesn't suit all subjects but I really like it here. Obviously much of the black is gone (including mum's hair and the image is now flanked with the glowing blond locks of the flanking daughters. Contrast and saturation have been punched up some 15% as this plays well with the MOe.

If I were to play with this some more, I'd 'lose' the pale right corner edge with cloning or the dodge 'n burn thing. I'm not presenting this as something 'better' than your well seen shot, just 'different' (sorry for now messing up the title - guess it's now 'Green Bag' or some such)', so thanks for posting it.

Hope you and yours have a great weekend!


TTFN

Steve
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Re: 3Bags

Postby SteveBudd » Mon 05 Nov 2018, 15:15

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Re: 3Bags

Postby Paul Heester » Wed 07 Nov 2018, 13:41

Thanks for the reply Steve, have been away in Lake District so only just seen your post.

Im a fan of your letterbox format, it concentrates the composition more and increases its abstract-ness (if thats not a word, it is now). Ive come across the Orton effect before but not sure it works here for me. I always have a judges voice in my head saying something like "the yellow jacket is too bright and un-balances the image".

Im never too good with titles. My 3 bags was just because there are 3 bags and 3 women... so somewhat playful but greenbag might be more appropriate with this crop. Not sure I will submit for a competition unless Im stumped for new entries, we shall see.
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Re: 3Bags

Postby SteveBudd » Thu 08 Nov 2018, 00:27

Paul Heester wrote:Thanks for the reply Steve, have been away in Lake District so only just seen your post.

Im a fan of your letterbox format, it concentrates the composition more and increases its abstract-ness (if thats not a word, it is now). Ive come across the Orton effect before but not sure it works here for me. I always have a judges voice in my head saying something like "the yellow jacket is too bright and un-balances the image".

Im never too good with titles. My 3 bags was just because there are 3 bags and 3 women... so somewhat playful but greenbag might be more appropriate with this crop. Not sure I will submit for a competition unless Im stumped for new entries, we shall see.


Hi Paul.

Thanks for that - hope you had a great time in the Lake District!
Thanks also for your views on the adjustments and in particular, the strength of the yellow. I guess I'm typically Western in 'reading' the image left to right, top to bottom, in common with how we actually read books.
With that in mind, the blue acts as an optical 'stop' at the end of the 'page' (being a receding colour), the red, the most visually compelling colour, that 'advances' optically, is a perfect foil for the patch and strip of green, sat as it is, in the centre.
The glowing yellow draws my eye back, before scanning across to the blue, back and forth, back and forth, warm to cool, warm to cool. As it stands, the degree of 'warm' to 'cool' is certainly asymmetric at 2/3rds to 1/3rd and the fascinating thing for me is how the image would play out if the colour order was different.
However you wind up using the image, I wish you well and every success with it Paul and thanks for indulging my interference with the original concept!

Take it easy.

Steve
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