Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

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EquusStorm Regular Member • Posts: 165
Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

original photo

closely cropped

softened, and in b&w

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123Mike Senior Member • Posts: 4,643
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IMO, no, because I didn't clue in, until I re-read the topic line. I like the first one, don't like the middle one, and like the last one. If she looks this pretty like here, imagine how amazing she'd look like when she smiles.

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Yes

I'd have thought that an artist would not need to ask this question

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Cailean Gallimore Veteran Member • Posts: 6,082
Re: Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

Some might say it's a distraction, but I don't think it spoils the image. It's just there.

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It looks a bit staged that's what keeps me busy.

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From a compositional viewpoint, I like the second one the best. I just think it's over softened and by a lot. I'd try that crop on the first image. I also don't mind the bar in the first image. I don't think it's distracting, just less formal.

Pretty young lady.

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EquusStorm OP Regular Member • Posts: 165
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Thank you.  She is very photogenic.  I'm posting one of her smiling too.

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EquusStorm OP Regular Member • Posts: 165
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It wasn't staged.  I asked her just to act natural and let me take photos.  I took many that day, including more 'posed' images.

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EquusStorm wrote:

It wasn't staged.  I asked her just to act natural and let me take photos.  I took many that day, including more 'posed' images.

My opinion is just an opinion.

Don't take too harsh.

Your photo's look very good, keep shooting.

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omens New Member • Posts: 16
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I noticed it but only after I saw the girl. If the railing had been all white, it would have blended in. If the railing had been all black, it'd been less noticable but what made it distracting for me was the two colours.

Looks awesome IMO.

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EquusStorm OP Regular Member • Posts: 165
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Thanks.  I appreciate your opinion.

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EquusStorm OP Regular Member • Posts: 165
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Thank you!

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Ahhh. she is a cutie.

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MarkInSF Senior Member • Posts: 2,228
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AlbertInFrance wrote:

Yes

I'd have thought that an artist would not need to ask this question

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Why not?   Artists have doubts, too.   Any trained artist is quite used to having others critique his work.   I don't find the railing a serious problem, but it is much darker than anything else in the picture, so does stand out a bit.   I find the second version u comfortably tight.   The third is just as good as the first, but no better.   Just different.   On the whole I suppose I have a slight preference for the original.   The color is quite fresh and lovely.

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Ahhh. she is a cutie.

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Well, if Craig says something like this, what else is there?

If the kid smiles nothing else matters.

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EquusStorm OP Regular Member • Posts: 165
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I appreciate your viewpoint, Mark.  Thanks.  I think I prefer the b&w, maybe because it lessens the impact of that dark green railing.  And thanks for recognizing that all artists aren't 'know it alls' , and they do

like to have feedback from their peers.

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rsn48 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,254
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If you have to ask, then it is bugging you.  You are the expert on your image, what do you think, given the fact you took the time and effort to post?

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MarkInSF Senior Member • Posts: 2,228
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EquusStorm wrote:

I appreciate your viewpoint, Mark.  Thanks.  I think I prefer the b&w, maybe because it lessens the impact of that dark green railing.  And thanks for recognizing that all artists aren't 'know it alls' , and they do

like to have feedback from their peers.

Quite welcome.   Art students get very used to subjecting their work for critiques, and for voicing their opinions, also, without being too thin-skinned.   It's a lovely picture in many ways. It would be nice to reduce the impact of that rail somehow, but I don't have any good idea how, and it's a fairly minor distraction. The color is fresh and sweet and that warmth isn't there in the b&w version.   Not that it isn't attractive, too, just not as warm.

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EquusStorm wrote:

original photo

closely cropped

softened, and in b&w

I like the first one and the railing is not a distraction for me because there is not too much of it.  On a side note, is it my monitor or does the first image have a slight yellowish cast?

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Re: Feedback wanted on this photo. Is railing in background a distraction?

I was curious what the photo would look like retaining the original composition, but eliminating the railing:

Certainly different, but such a beautiful pose to start with I get the sense that you can't really go very wrong no matter what the variation!

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