Portraits in Winter (3) – please participate in an experiment.

I talked about how I progress creative vision through development of one photo last time. Contrarily to the previous post, I occasionally have fully concrete idea before clicking shutter. This image is one of this type of cases.  I found a nice shadow of a tree on the wall of barn while I was hunting locations for the session. I imagined graphic contrast between the dark spooky shadow and beautiful Jillian. Also her shoulder line is straight and squire but this si I wanted rather than typical feminine pose since I imagined strength from her in oppressive mood. But there was problem which was messy ground  with a patch of snow and nasty weeds.  So I got an idea to add some digital effects on the bottom of the frame.

Before asking you a favor, here is my thought. What is a fear artists or even creators worry about? It must be a question, “Will my work be accepted?”. That is proven by many episodes left by novelists, artists, and musicians, like scandalous failure of the Premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913. Or the shortest letter by Victor Hugo.  Although spending hours or even days facing a computer monitor to process one image, there is no guarantee people will like what I have done on the photo. First of all, if client does not like the image, all efforts I made are pointless. Then nothing must be happier, as an artist, than when the image is able to communicate with many people successfully.

Now I need your favor. Please participate in an experiment. I think most of readers here are photographers, but please forget critiquing and imagine your non-photographer in following situations.

  1. YOU ARE THE MODEL and my client. I phoned you and let you know your photos are ready. I presented the images below as first time.  Which photo pleases you most? Why?
  2. YOU ARE VISITING THE MODEL’S HOME and found these photos hang on the wall in her dining room. Which Image would make you feel WOW? Why?


Under the tree -v1 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi on 500px.com


Under the tree -v2 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi on 500px.com


Under the tree -v3 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi on 500px.com


Under the tree -v4 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi on 500px.com

Did you pick the same photo for these different situations? Or you think your impression may be different from other viewers?

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9 thoughts on “Portraits in Winter (3) – please participate in an experiment.

    1. Hiro Post author

      Thank you very much for your comment. Your opinion is different from one I thought. But it is beficial to see different opinions since we artists.

      Reply
  1. Craig Taylor (@crtaylor_photo)

    I like the third one. The effect seem more realistic. One thing I would suggest is darkening and softening the reflection. Reflections aren’t as bright as the original and they aren’t as sharp. Oh right! Non-photographer view point. 🙂

    I still like the third one

    Reply
    1. Hiro Post author

      The third one is up-side-down so I thought the one is most conceptual which means least realistic. That is why liked and worried at the same time. I am glad to hear you like the experimental image.

      Reply

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