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Libby and I didn't agree about this one, so I'd be interested to hear what you make of it.

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comment by Ojorojo at 02:31 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I like the girl, but not the pict!

comment by Bob at 02:32 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

What do you call this? A dream collage?

The woman is obviously the focal point, but the overall blurriness of the pieces and their discontinuity to each other is confusing to me. If the woman were centered over the vertical intersection of the left and right halves, then I think it would be a lot more interesting trying to make sense of it all. As it is, it looks mostly like two images sandwiched together for no particular reason--and all out of focus to boot.

comment by Richard at 02:38 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Everything is right, tone, comp, and subject. However, I think a model that is unique looking as she appears should get a clear shot.

comment by Scott at 02:43 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I like the composition, and the direction the woman is looking. For me it creates tension; like she is walking over a cliff and does not realize it.

I'm not sure about the blurry effect though.

comment by Ramsey at 02:53 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I don't know about this one. I like the tones and the gradiation along the left side of the image, but she bothers me. I don't know if it's the blurriness or just her general look. It comes across as nothing more than a casual snapshot with some nice tones added. But that is just my opinion, that and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee.

comment by jezblog at 03:24 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

.......Young woman observed leaving the target house at 3.17AM....... surveillance photo? apparently its quite a lucrative line that you can get into with divorce lawyers and their private detectives........I was'nt aware you were into that gig!?...only kidding bro Jez XX

comment by alan at 03:31 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

quite interesting... as always, the tones are marvelous. I definitely agree with the comment about tension... edgy. There is something though that I continue to wonder about... something about the shot - the technique in the capture... reflection, through a pane of glass... something that gives that mystical blur???

comment by tetsu at 03:40 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

The blurring makes this shot nice, I guess. :-)

comment by Claudi at 03:46 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

as i see it the horizontal blur/sharpness create a wind movement effect. The women looks she is in the clouds. She doesn't notice what’s happening around her. So even if at first I didn’t really like the shot at a second look it does cause a strong impression. Nice feeling.

comment by John Zeweniuk at 07:02 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

wow.. honestly I think this is so striking... I love how the left side grabs you first, then just pushes you to her and her expression and eyes contain a lot of mystery and depth. I think its a fine shot!

comment by JD at 07:05 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

that's a bad shot, bro...

comment by Samarth at 07:29 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

For me, its a conundrum BECAUSE composition is grat and so is her expression but the soft focus is both appealing and unappealing....8.5/10

comment by Jennifer at 07:48 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

At first I didn't like, but it's a grower! Would have looked much with Libby in stead of this stranger (well I'm assuming she's a stranger) ;-)

comment by Ale at 08:08 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

X_o What's up?

comment by sb at 09:40 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I like this one - the girl, the blur, and the placement, in that order...

comment by CurlyToes at 10:06 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I think I'm with Libby. The blur on the lady is sort of in-the-middle; if it was more blurry it would look like she was in a hurry, less blurry it would look sharp. It a shame she looks so miserable too. She also seems a bit penned in by the end of that wall behind her; the timing has made the composition feel quite constricted.

comment by Maran at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Any reason for not using F2.8 to freeze the movement?

comment by Axel S at 11:07 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Hi, this is my first comment on your page, which I like very much.

Not your best photo. To much bluriness, which destroys the (otherwise good) effect of the compostion and mimic of the model.
A little less (but not none) would be better.


comment by navin at 11:53 AM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I guess I agree with Libby.

comment by Chris at 01:15 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I like this one! I think the blurred effect makes the photo more interesting. If it was as sharp as usual (small DoF as per normal for this type iof shot) I thinkit would just be 'another model shot' to me (although the processing and cropping always makes it something different...?!?).
The fact that everyone is discussing/ have views/spending time looking into the shot suggests that there is indeed more to it.
Her expression also aids the mystery of the photo. Another good shot I say!

comment by Lex at 03:22 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Nah. Composition's ok, but blur detracts rather than adds. Good looking woman though.

comment by Roy at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Would possibly work as part of a low-key fashion shoot in one of the Sunday supplements...but not on its own for me.

comment by Ben at 04:15 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Sorry, but I think I have to agree with Libby on this one! The composition doesn't really do anything for me, nor does the fact that the woman is slightly blurred.

comment by Rick at 04:21 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I like the image and it doesn't have any context for me [like so many others] so I'm left empty.

comment by george.i. at 04:22 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

If Libby is the one pictured here I can see why she may not like it. It's not very flattering. I don't mean to imply that "flattering" is a singular criteria for such a shot; just thinking of it from *her* POV. As for the shot as a whole I'm finding it a bit disjointed. To me it's almost two shots in one frame, both vying for attention rather than playing off one another. Just an opinion. I'm always inspired by the level of sincerity - not to mention skill and intention - here at chromasia.

comment by Steefje at 05:06 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I think this picture points out what most people (and photographers) have a problem with. There's always the need for an obvious point of where the creator is heading. I mean .. people get confused (including me) when there's no clear meaning in what they are looking at, almost like looking at something that 's balancing on the edge of a table and you're not sure whether is't gonna fall off or not. If you know what i mean. I get the same feel with the blur & composition in this picture, it's balancing between two types of pictures, the abstract and the sharp, very subject-focussed one.
Yet, for me, this kind of does the trick in this picture. It creates this tension that makes me somewhat uncomfortable because i don't know what to think at first glance, and that's what makes me like it at the same time.

comment by jelb at 05:18 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

a beautiful woman who is walking too quickly..We can't meet her...Nice picture!..

comment by John at 05:33 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Nice composition and great tones, but I'm not sure what your intent was with the soft focus. If it was meant to be soft, I think a little more would have enhanced the effect. Right now it sort of reminds me of a photo in which the focus was just a little bit off by mistake.

comment by The Plankmeister at 06:18 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Looks like the Gaussian blur filter went crazy!

comment by micki at 06:19 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I think I can feel the effect you were going with. The water right next to her face brings about thoughts of what's real and what's imagination...what is permanent and what is fleeting. It's almost as if she is making herself seen for only a brief moment to leave a dire message that will be unclear and very brief.

comment by peter at 08:02 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

Hmmm...I'm struggling to find a focal point. I know it's supposed to be the woman, but being so blurred she looses her importance to me and I try to find something else where I can rest my eyes...I guess I'm with Libby :-)

comment by Karl Baumann at 08:48 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

there's no real focus for me, kinda abstract but it's not one of your best in my mind

comment by djn1 at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 16 September, 2006

I love the way you all assumed that I like this one and Libby didn't ... it was the other way round ;-)

comment by Sysagent at 04:49 PM (GMT) on 17 September, 2006

It works does this for me as the soft focus on the model kind of helps the rest of the image all fit together, where as if the main focus was on the model you wouldn't notice the rest of the image.

comment by Mary at 07:41 PM (GMT) on 17 September, 2006

The focal points on this one jumped out at me; her eyes and the dress against the faded skin and background. The blur enhances the fact that we don't know her and probably never will. What is going through her mind? I like it.

comment by george.i. at 12:05 AM (GMT) on 18 September, 2006

(cough!) That's the sound of me eating my words. urm...now that it's clarified *Libby* actually liked it, I see that clearly I was projecting an opinion quite liberally. (cough!) I'd love to know what Libby likes about it. Let me add, she's obviously a rather pretty gal; I don't mean to imply the opposite. I was initally looking at this from the conventional "most-women-probably-wouldn't-like-a-picture-of-themselves-like-that" point of view.

comment by {-P-} at 09:14 AM (GMT) on 18 September, 2006

I guess the blurred is wanted, but I don't like this kind of effect very much. Anyway, it changes.

comment by Tom at 12:28 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2006

Interesting that you didn't actually say what your disagreement with Libby on this picture actually was. Like, dislike? Personally, I don't like it. Don't like the composition, the tone, the blur, the expression...heck, I don't even like the square crop!

When I look at the shots of your kids by comparison, I would have tossed this one in the dustbin.

comment by mark [markmyshots] at 04:07 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2006

To me it looks like a picture of a billboard, so i'd have to say that the tone is nice and the left portion has some neat texture, but overall....its just....eh.

comment by Kerly at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2006

I like this shot, it is not one of the average. I like that this is cut the way it is, though probably I would have wanted to see that pretty woman sharp, too. She has the right to be sharp ;)

comment by Cath at 10:12 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2006

I really, really like this shot ....very ethereal!
....and a v pretty girl!

comment by Matt at 04:12 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

That woman is gorgeous!