One of your best. I usually don't like "tough looking girl/woman with a cigarette in her hand" concept but this feels totally different, the look of the model is not trying to say "i am tough" she doesn't need that because she looks naturally tough enough. On the other hand, doesn't try to hide that she is a human being and also as naturally fragile as a woman. Also her body language isn't trying to complete the tough imagery by showing "...and this is my cigarette!" She just holds it naturally. Moreover, she doesn't try to be sexy, she just knows she is beautiful. She is carefull, but she is relaxed, total confidence
The lighting, the black and white theme adds much to the atmosphere, the slightly seen reflection is a beautiful detail thanks to the surface of the table, the (i don't know the true English word for it) grainy/spotty(?) colored sweater/blouse(?) on her is the perfect match for the theme. Great work!
Thank you for the truly interesting critique which is very perceptive. You should work in personnel management, you seem to have an amzing ability to read and understand body language. I certainly agree with you that there is a lot to be said in this area .. : -)
Your reaction is at least as interesting as mine and made me truly smile. First, thank you for your generous praises, which are kindly exaggerated i believe. Maybe i have some talent in that area that i don't know about but i don't think that's enough to turn it to a career. While i was commenting, i thought my perception of her body language or look was pretty obvious (not in a negative meaning)and similar for everybody
If someone there is to be complimented for, you are the one deserving it by managing to perfectly capture this "talking" moment of her At this point, may i ask was this moment a delibarete pose from the beautiful model (who i'd have prefered to mention with her guessingly beautiful name instead of the word "model" in this sentence, if i had an idea about what her name was) or it was her natural way of standing and smoking next to the table while you were on a break, or talking about your work, etc?
Haha, thank you my friend. The reason why I have so many photos entitled "moments" in my portfolio is that it is ultimately what I strive for. However, no photo of this kind is really entirely natural when you hold a camera in your hand. Consciously or not, the model is aware of it and will behave accordingly. So what to do? I think the answer is to try and seize a moment that you know is characteristic of the person you are photographing, and I would say it is the case for the young lady above. That is her "look" .. it is the reason why I wanted to photograph her in the first place ... she has a presence, this is it. Many thanks for passing by, I appreciate it. John
I know it's impossible to catch a 100% natural moment with the model aware of being shooted, but with my limited English, what i ment to ask was if this was a photo like you were shooting photographs, and she was posing, she changed her location, position, standance, look, placement of her hands, etc once more to pose (and came to this exact position and moment, maybe waited for you to shoot that) and you pressed the shutter, or it was like you were talking or just standing naturally and at a moment you said "ok, stay like that" (maybe didn't say anything at all) and quickly bam! i know second one also isn't truly natural either, but if it's that way (or more quick if possible) her standance, the way she puts her head on her hand, the way she holds the cigarette can be really close to natural, and her look can be at least more natural then the first one, maybe not natural like the previous conditions before you decided to shoot, but her "natural reaction" to your decision to suddenly shoot maybe surprised, or the moment feeling feeling "ok, shoot me again" at least not a long-term calculated and made-up look like "now, what, hmmm, let's stand there and have a tough look"
excuse me for keeping you talk too much here, i don't want to have any disturbance, i also appreciate your kind replies, and especially your art
I follow everything you say, thank you, but I think an artist creates more with his feelings than the brain. These are moments, how they were created or captured is always difficult to remember .. there is an interaction between two people, sometimes the camera intervenes .. : -)
i understand, i didn't think it will be hard to remember but i got it now, especially these kind of inner explanations notes, etc, about creating your art will be a light on my way if i can manage to go for my plans as being a photographer, or at least a semi-pro photoghrapher
thank you once more for everything, i am hoping to see more artwork from you, hopefully meet under one of them again, be well and good bye for now