Seaside Idyll

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Maris
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Seaside Idyll

Postby Maris » 21 Sep 2014, 11:55

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Seaside Idyll
Gelatin-silver photograph on Agfa Classic MCCIII VC FB photographic paper, image size 21.4cm X 16.4cm, from a 4x5 Kodak Tmax 400 negative exposed in a Tachihara 45GF double extension field view camera fitted with a Voigtlander Heliar 21cm f4.5 lens. Titled and signed recto, stamped verso.

Warmtone
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Re: Seaside Idyll

Postby Warmtone » 10 Oct 2014, 21:55

I like the luminosity and composition of this photograph.
The model is relaxed and natural without pretence. The skin tones are wonderful providing nice modeling
Overall the image simply has a nice resonance that I can't fully describe

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Maris
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Re: Seaside Idyll

Postby Maris » 12 Oct 2014, 08:49

Warmtone, you are not wrong. The picture was about light and luminosity but those qualities by themselves can accumulate to an insipid result. Curiously, to make a thing look light it is often an effective device to put something dark next to it. In this photograph it is the ridiculously picturesque tree in the background that supplies the dark accent. The tree is burned in towards the top and becomes unnaturally black as it goes up; but who notices? The other problem that few notice was a beach lily in the background that was deliberately hidden behind the model's head. A few stray spikes and leaves emerge.
Now if sea shores were art-directed and landscape gardened these difficulties would not arise.


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