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Lisa

Thank you for all the comments on the previous post.

Meet Lisa.

One of the things I've been trying to do of late is trying to capture people, It's something that I do not normally do. I've seen loads of technically beautiful images along with great moment captures on Shutter and it's an area that I would like to improve upon. I think with images such as this the photographer can be too personally involved to be fully objective, with this image it reminds me of a great night out with friends, so let me have your critical comments.

One of the things that I like about the image is the near sharp Lisa in the foreground with the blurred Shirley in the background (no digital blurring here at all, it's all natural movement with a fairly slow shutter at 1/6th sec). Or was it the two bottles of wine I'd just had! Not sure.

All the best Mal

Lisa

Thank you for all the comments on the previous post.

Meet Lisa.

One of the things I've been trying to do of late is trying to capture people, It's something that I do not normally do. I've seen loads of technically beautiful images along with great moment captures on Shutter and it's an area that I would like to improve upon. I think with images such as this the photographer can be too personally involved to be fully objective, with this image it reminds me of a great night out with friends, so let me have your critical comments.

One of the things that I like about the image is the near sharp Lisa in the foreground with the blurred Shirley in the background (no digital blurring here at all, it's all natural movement with a fairly slow shutter at 1/6th sec). Or was it the two bottles of wine I'd just had! Not sure.

All the best Mal

comments (28)

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 10 Oct 2006, 00:16
Mal apart from a perfect people capture the only thing you could have asked for from the lighting gods is a touch more light from the left. The blurred shirley is great too because it adds to the atmosphere of good times being had. I personally think taking photos of friends and family is a great way to improve our people shots. They are the ones that we can usually take that little bit longer to find the right angles. I definitely would like to take more shots as good as this.
Mal: Your right Nev, apart from the lighting at the rear of the scene all the lighting came from table candles and I had the oppertunity to arrange them but didn't. Food for thought. Thank you Mal
Hi Mal,
I like this composition and use of blur with B&W on the second figure. Isn't simple. Great!
  • Tinuke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 00:44
U captured the moment. I can tell she is having fun. Also i love the way the other person is blurred, makes u focus more on her. Good one.
Mal: Thank you Tinuke, really appreciate your comments. Mal
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 00:57
Very nice composition. Her expression is heartwarming. love it.
Mal: Thank you Elsie. All the best. Mal
Mal..this is a nice one. I have been coming to your blog everyday to quench my thirst..I must admit that you kept me thirsty for a while but you finally came thru with this pic...good job!
Thanks for the other day.
Mal: Your welcome regarding previous conversations Dee, my pleasure. Glad that you've enjoyed todays shot. Mal
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 10 Oct 2006, 04:18
1. Awesome crop
2. Love the B&W
3. Kudos on the composition (especially the blurred lights in the back)
Mal: Easy as 1-2-3, thankyou MIA. Mal
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 05:46
Nicely done Mal, accident or not smile
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 06:31
dude, if this is ur level of People photography, dump the vaseline and all the tv-lit abstract stuff, switch over....8.5/10
Mal: Hee hee, I feel like a young Skywalker at the feet of Samvader, trying the dark side. All the best Sam. Mal
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 06:41
nice moment captured here, ur ppl stuff is very good as well
Mal: Thank you Ade, I'm working on it. Mal
Hi Mal, Wine is the perfect ingredients to take picture smile Nice one, I like Lisa's smile, simple and natural! Did you take it in B&W or in colors and did a treatment?
Mal: Thank you "Thinker Man" the wine aids most situations!

Very interesting that you mention whether it was shot in b/w or colour. At present, as I did in film days, I am nearly exclusively shooting in b/w mode and sometimes convert the image back to colour if I think that it might work better. This shot, in my mind was b/w and was shot in b/w mode. Thankyou "Thinker" Mal
A very nice shot indeed ! This woman is very optimist and the focus is perfect smile
  • Scrabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 12:16
Always had a lovely smile and great to see you happy
Mal: wink speak soon. Mal
  • Lisa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 12:34
Wahay... it's me!

Girly subjective opinion: Urgh, not my best, fat face... big bum etc.

More objective opinion: Great night, drinking wine, eating food and enjoying life with my friends. It captures the moment perfectly and brings back all those feelings – magical!

So, we'll have less of the self depreciating comments about your people photography abilities Mal, or else!

Ps: Keep watching…. I feel the best is still to come. x
Mal: Thank you Lisa. Lots of love Mal X
This is really nice Mal. Sharp and infocus subject, blurred background, lights, etc.
I'm curious though, how did you get such a sharp shot at 1/6 secs?!?
Mal: Hey Deji, you are the first to mention it. The lens was being supported by the top of a wine bottle, I just had to stay still. Mal
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Oct 2006, 13:23
well done..10/10
Mal: Abi, a 10! Wow, thank you. Mal
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Oct 2006, 13:31
nice smile you captured.
  • Tadpole
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 14:23
what can I say - great shot!
Mal: Just give Caroline those props! Hee hee. All the best Paul. Mal
This looks like it requires improvement - only a tiny winy little bit wink. You r obviously v.good with your camera capturing people or other objects. Well done!
Mal: Thank you Christophe, there are three things that are always appreciated here and they are irony, humour and honesty. All the best Mal
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 10 Oct 2006, 16:00
the blurr works quite well in this picture. good stuff
  • Intern
  • United States
  • 10 Oct 2006, 16:02
LOVELY What a sweet smile.
Mal: Thank you intern, she has a bitter side too wink Mal
  • Stevo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Oct 2006, 17:52
Is she your bird then? Looks a bit classy for you!
Mal: It's been a while since I heard your truely objective comments on my work, you ask two questions A - No she is not my bird! B - Yes she is! Talk soon, all the best Mal
  • micki
  • United States
  • 10 Oct 2006, 21:28
Great capture of Lisa!! Love the light in her eyes!
Great b/w tone, lighting and contrast. Her smile is so natural, very well captured.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Oct 2006, 22:57
I really like it, I especially like the way you've captured the sparkle in her eyes. The picture oozes happiness.
Mal: Thank you Ell, all the best. Mal
I don't think you need any more comments, how do you do it? I love pub photos and this is a cracker. I love the way you crack on you can't take a picture and then post a blinder, you sneak ;-)
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 11 Oct 2006, 00:26
nice shot Mal and it good you had ony two bottles of wine with four the whole picture would be blurry smile , as allways a beautiful picture

Diya
Mal: Hey Diya, you should have seen the ones that I did take after 4 wink Mal
Hi Mal Thanks for your nice comment on my new blog - I didn't expect one so soon! I think all your photos are great particularly the B&W ones. I love this one - you've really managed to capture the atmosphere.
Mal: Thank you Eileen, the first girl I had a crush on was called Eileen, but I was only 9. This one was captured after several bottles of wine and was a bit of an accident really, right place right time, I just pressed the button. I hope you have fun on Shutter, all the best Mal
  • ta
  • Turkey
  • 11 Jan 2007, 09:23
Lisa's face is shining. Very nice portrait. Joyful.
ta

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