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Forum: General Talk 12-27-2019, 12:15 AM  
Merry Christmas
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 90
Views: 3,151
I hope all have a fulfilling 2029 especially with your art,
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-29-2019, 02:43 PM  
September. 2019 Winner: A Girl's Best Friend...
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 78
Views: 2,191
I would like to nominate this photo.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-17-2019, 02:21 AM  
If eyes could speak
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 33
Views: 1,360
I love this portrait! It really Speaks to me. Such an interesting subject deserves the excellent technique Lewis employed to make this portrait so captivating and memorable. We, the viewers, take for granted the effort and the many decisions made before pressing the shutter. Lewis used an overcast day. Chose the pose he liked. The lens. Distance. Depth of field. The background. And on and on. For all of Lewis's efforts and decisions, they all converge to make a great portrait. Way to go Lewis!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-11-2019, 07:01 PM  
September. 2019 Winner: A Girl's Best Friend...
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 78
Views: 2,191
Wonderful portrait of child and her dog. A snapshot that made an excellent portrait. Having worked with children and their pets, I can tell you a shot like this is nearly impossible to pose. Serendipity.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 06:54 PM  
Earl
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 27
Views: 317
Oh yeah! B&W lends itself to this kind of subject. Lighting is full frontal but soft. Great composition in a head and shoulders shot. A superior image!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 06:45 PM  
Ferenc
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 28
Views: 444
Ambient light. Black and white. An interesting subject. It all adds up to an excellent portrait. Do I see a smile in those eyes? Or a smirk?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 06:36 PM  
Portrait
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 73
Views: 905
Good use of frame. However, showing more of subject's head is needed. All in all, a very nice study in black and white.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 06:29 PM  
African Beauty
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 42
Views: 591
Lighting is harsh and unflattering. But it is a portrait.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 06:24 PM  
Athabascan Elder
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 18
Views: 293
Is this image a snapshot or a portrait? Well I've seen some very good snapshots. And I've seen many lousy portraits. This image of an elderly person shows the hands. I posit that showing the hands completes this portrait.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 10-11-2019, 06:11 PM  
September, 2019 Runner-up: Portraits
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 72
Views: 1,477
Nice. Subject posing is the key to this striking portrait. This pose along with near full frontal lighting creates memorable image. (An image that parents with kids and cats will try to emulate.) Superior!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 06:02 PM  
Ready for prom
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 24
Views: 456
The light is soft. That softness enhances the perceived softness of this subject. The background highlights suggest a sunny day. How then did the photographer achieve this soft effect? By the use of shadow of course. How then was this shadow achieved? By one of the many ways of creating soft shadows. The trick is to find a way to achieve this: Reflection, umbrellas, fill flash. We don't know how this was achieved. We do know this effect is pleasing.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 05:13 PM  
Vietnam Veteran
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 23
Views: 336
Very good use of natural light. The shadow the cap would cause has been eliminated either in post-production or fill-light from flash or reflection. This portrait speaks to me. The ear ring, the Pall Malls, the snaps on the shirt, and mostly, the haunting eyes.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 05:00 PM  
5 Month Old Smile
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 15
Views: 231
Good child portrait. Shows hands. Smile. Catch-light in eyes.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 04:55 PM  
If eyes could speak
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 33
Views: 1,360
Very good use of available light. I suspect, however, fill light was used, either reflected or small flash. The subject's cap would have put the eyes in shadow, thus the need for fill. The emphasis in this portrait is the eyes. A viewer's gaze will always return to the eyes after having viewed the tats, cap, etc.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 04:38 PM  
Girl in White
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 61
Views: 1,015
Very nice portrait. Simple pose. Classic lighting. Catch light in eyes occurs in this lighting without which portrait would appear lifeless. Also, the softness of lighting enhances the softness of the subject.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-11-2019, 04:27 PM  
Alexander
Posted By William Cat
Replies: 28
Views: 444
No distractions. Lighting is classic (note the triangle of light under subject's left eye). Very straight forward pose. A true portrait!
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