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BMW E30 and a girl called Chantè

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Some time back I posted this thread with pictures of my car. I knew you'd all like it if I completed the circle by adding a girl to the picture. I didn't know how to name the title- whether it was about the car or about the girl, so I chose the middle ground. Each to his own:smile:

    I'm really sorry Gary. I know you wanted a blond but I couldn't find any on ebay cheap enough. You'll just have to put up with this I'm afraid:) 

    The girl is my friend Chante. The car is my BMW 318i E30. Location is near my home. GF1, rokkor 45 50 and panny 20. Processed in Aperture.

    I had fun taking these, my second time to take photos like this. I'm craving for more :) 

    *Disclaimer. She is not a model (don't be to hard on me. lol)

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  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Hi Brady, I applaud your desire to stretch your wings as a photographer and try something new. That's the first step. The second step is being open to constructive criticism, which is what I am going to offer next. Please don't be offended by anything I say; I'm just trying to help you get better.

    First: your shots should have just one focal point. It should be either the girl, or the car.

    Second: your friend is very cute, but she is obviously not a trained model. You need to learn how to direct her to move her body and place her limbs in attractive poses. Pretty much every shot of her suffers from this. Even if I looked like her (which I don't), I would murder you for putting up these shots of me like this ... several of them are (to my eye) quite unflattering. Perhaps this is the difference between a man's eye and a woman's eye ... in which case I should be glad because maybe guys think I look more attractive than I think that I do!

    That said, I like the composition of the third shot the best.
  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Cheers Debbie. You wouldn't murder me surely:smile: You've got me worried!

    I'm sure you look beautiful. I think us men have a different way to how we look at women compared to how you look at yourselves. Personally I go for whats on the inside. Personality first and looks second. Long after the looks are gone it's character that remains.
  4. Old Picker

    Old Picker Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2012
    Cwmbran Wales UK
    Great sharpness and quality. I really do have to look at my settings as I just cannot get the same quality as the photo's on this forum :-(.
    BTW, Chante is lovely,
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  5. Timos L

    Timos L Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 26, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    Timos :)
    Nice shots :wink: Regarding that you both aren't professionals, the outcome is pretty good to my eyes.
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  6. Sawfish

    Sawfish Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    You are surrounded by beautiful girls - thank for sharing. I’m a newbie, so I will limit my comment very much. It seems to me you have experimented more this time, and some of the pictures can be a bit confusing.
    I think nr. 3 is one of the best, but it could have been really really good if there wasn’t a door growing out of her back. I also think nr. 4 could be better if she looked at the camera.

    P. Nielsen
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  7. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks guys for the interest.

    Old Picker: What camera do you have? I found by adding an adjustment in Aperture called 'Black point' it is amazing. Gives the picture some punch really easily.

    Timos: Cheers mate:) 

    Sawfish: Hey Sawfish I'm not sure whether I've seen you before. Maybe I have, but thankyou for taking interest and commenting. Your time is appreciated.

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  8. Sawfish

    Sawfish Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    I am a long timer lurker. A phantom you might say :biggrin: . I don’t have any proper gear yet, but I will have soon. Then I might be able to shoot something worthy of posting here – time will tell.

    P. Nielsen
  9. Old Picker

    Old Picker Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2012
    Cwmbran Wales UK
    Hi Icon,
    I have a GH1, and noticed today, someone on the forum having advice about getting either Lightroom or Aperture? I have a Macbook, and use Iphoto or Elements 9 (which I do need to learn more about, as I just know the basics), but by reading posts on the forum, Aperture does make a big difference. The main reason I joined the forum was to learn a lot more, and boy, do I need to learn a lot more. Thanks again.
  10. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hey mate. Congrats on the GH1, it's a mighty fine camera from what I hear.

    I have never used Elements 9 but I have both Lightroom and Aperture. I use Aperture 99 percent of the time and occasionally I use LR if I want to add on a certain preset (a preset is a preset profile of adjustments that you, or someone else has made and you can apply it to the image.)

    Personally for me I can't exactly figure out all the ins and outs of LR but Aperture is perfect for me as it's layout is similar to iPhoto. It is selling for about $80 dollars from the app store and I say that is a brilliant price. You will be a little confused when you start but I reckon in a few days you'll be zipping around it no worries. You'll be able to shoot raw and the results will surprise you!

    Aperture and LR work differently as opposed to photoshop in that Aperture and LR are dedicated photo developing app whereas Photoshop was originally designed as a package that was sent out with scanners. Hence the dub - photochop.

    Here is a screen shot of a photo I'm working on in Aperture. See on the LH side all the adjustments. It's essentially a professional version of iPhoto.

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  11. Old Picker

    Old Picker Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2012
    Cwmbran Wales UK
    Hey Icon,
    Many thanks for the explanation and advice. To be honest, because it is simple, I use Iphoto, so Aperture looks a good bet for me, and if I do need to go more in depth, instead of LR, I could try Elements.
    Again, thanks for the help
  12. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Good shots Brady, I like 1 and 3 best. As mentioned, she didn't seem very comfortable posing. Was the outfit her choosing or yours? I think she has a very cute innocent look about her but her outfit contradicts that. Some people are just more natural at it. But keep it up man it should get easier, for photographer and model alike.

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