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Bram van Dal's picture

Model: Nico VanEs

Model: Nico VanEs
Photographer: Bram van Dal

Camera settings:
Shutterspeed: 1/180
Aperture: F / 1.4
Iso: 1000
Camera: Canon 5DmkII
Lens: 85mm

Location: Art hotel in Eindhoven.

This photo comes from 3 sides of daylight through windows into the building, rear right and left back ensures that Nico is provided with profielicht so that he is free from the background, left for daylight through another window inside which ensures that his face well is highlighted.

It is a simple pose and a simple setting where the vase with the flower is a beautiful detail in the photo.
I have given this photo a more cinematic atmosphere by playing with the color balance.

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B M's picture

I find this a fine environmental portrait although I have a thing about eye contact but that is a personal thing. The only criticism I have was not the photograph or its technique but just the flower that I thought was out of place. It changed the otherwise strong graphics (long lines and angles made by the arms) and therefore a distraction. Or, I would possibly crop that area out and make the hero large in the frame. See attached and tell me what you think. These are respectful suggestions and are in no way intended to compromise or criticize your creative vision.

Leonard R.'s picture

Very nice shot and nice colors ! and i like the flower also...maybe he was thinking about someone he would have wanted to be there...

The flower means a woman touch...

James Lee's picture

I dig it, and I'm torn on the flower. Can see it both ways. Personally would prefer without, but really good shot!