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Copyright: Erik Sven (ErikSven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01
Categories: Artwork, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my hats [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-12 6:58
Viewed: 2532
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

An experiment ...


Photo info:
- weather conditions: dark and rainy
- iso 200
- aperture: around f/3.3, shutter speed: around 1/30 sec (exact exif data got lost during post-processing)
- crop on the top and the bottom
- vignetting effect
- enhanced dark tones
- slightly enhanced bright tones
- noise reduction
- resized for TrekLens
- no sharpening after resizing (on my screen and given the mood, it didn’t look necessary - but feel free to (dis)agree ;o))
- © + name

A first attempt to use Lightroom (during a photo tutorial)...

Thanks in advance for your sincere critiques, comments and suggestions

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To janneman: The spy-woman's rose ;o)ErikSven 4 02-19 11:34
To pozaru: Descending lineErikSven 1 02-18 05:25
To BeauMistral: La ligne du muretErikSven 1 02-18 05:00
To rewshearer: Enigmatic roseErikSven 1 02-18 04:57
To werdir: Poe !ErikSven 3 02-17 05:10
To KBE: Focal length & barrel distortionErikSven 1 02-17 01:07
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Hi Erik,

This has a bit of a "Poe" feeling to it, moody and mysterious. I like the effect, it would probably work really well in a cemetery shot. Nice pp work.

Best regards,

Nice and good picture!

Hello Erik!

Beautiful light and composition! I really like the mood of the picture! Congratulations!

Hello and see you soon,

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2010-02-12 10:07]
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Hello Erik

What was the focal length where u've used the 1/30?
Why is the b/g's wall distorted? is this the barrel distortion of ur lens?

I like the soft focus, here right hand is in motion blur (giving the sens of life) but really do not like the vignetting effects or may be its to heavy :)


I'll give you this: it's enigmatic. It feels like a still from a music video. The significance of the pose, the rose, is a little lost on me, so it almost has that feeling of being deliberately obtuse.

Those things said, technically I think it is an interesting an quite compelling shot. The Lumix has delivered good sharp details and tones despite the slow shutter, and your vignette is effective in creating mystery to either side of the subject.

I find a slight conflict in the top of her hat and the rough concrete edge that curves through the upper part of the shot, I would so liked to have seen a continuation of the smooth wall instead - I know you can't control your locations, but sometimes working with them differently can make all the difference.

I do like your titling with reference to the graffiti, and I really like the originality and unusualness of this image.


Very nice!

Excellent Erik, dommage pour la linge du muret sur la partie supérieur.
bonne journée

Heel creatief en suggestief !
Over het detail in de zwarte hou ik nog maar even m'n mond ...
Zie op m'n flutmonitor toch nog altijd iets meer :-(
De betonplaten, waar spy-woman voor staat, hebben een rare kronkel
Heb je dat getrokken met een breedhoek of was dat een gekromde muur ?
Functionele PP : zeker vignetting draagt bij tot het sfeertje :-)

Misschien een iets té persoonlijke vraag :
loop jij tijdens een photoshoot steeds met een roos tussen de tanden ...
je weet maar nooit dat ze als attribuut van pas kan komen


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-02-16 22:59]
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I don't like the descending line above her but I like a lot the mistery here

ps.Maybe a monochrome version will reduce the impact of that line because the color above&below would be the same.

HI Eric..nice dramatic shot...well composed with nice details and tones.


Bonjour Erik,
Dans plusieurs de tes photos, il y a véritablement une mise en scène, une théâtralisation, ce qui provoque un questionnement chez le spectateur (en tout cas chez moi). L'intrigue pousse à rechercher ce qu'il y a "derrière" la photo. Ici on voit que l'actrice frôle le mur (je reste dans des termes théâtraux), comme si elle voulait surprendre quelqu'un (pour lui offrir une rose ?) ou peut-être comme si elle voulait s'élancer à la poursuite de quelqu'un (de celui qui lui a offert la rose et qui s'est enfui?). La lumière sombre n'évoque en tout cas pas l'amourette romantique -merci de nous avoir permis d'échapper aux débordements rose bonbon provoqués par la St Valentin- mais recèle un mystère : celui de l'amour et de la solitude ? D'après le titre, on se rapproche !
Et puis il me revient en mémoire : "Car j'ignore où tu fuis, tu ne sais où je vais, O toi que j'eusse aimée, ô toi qui le savais" (Baudelaire, A une passante). Là, on y est, je crois.

Bonjour Erik.
Une bonne mise en scène et un bon cadrage mettent cette image en valeur et la lumière assez sombre donne un aspect splendide à la composition.
Bonne journée.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-02-26 18:18]

dear Erik,
this atmosphere is poetic,
dark light and calm colors match it,
and her figure and one rose show me your original feeling in this situation,
ambivalent ambience of melancholy and cheer is hidden,
thank you,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-03-02 1:53]

Hi Erik,
excellent shot.
I like and what POV you have chosen. Again a picture full of mystery, fabulous made. Very much imagination. As he looks good to a great photographer like you.
Have a pleasant day,

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2010-03-02 8:50]

mooie uitdruk en een waardevol zoeken naar beter prachtig

This is interesting, somewhat MOODY! What caught my eye was her poncho, jacket..the tones and textures are nice! The rose stands out well! Nice experiment!

Erik, after perusing your entire gallery here on TrekLens, I find this image one of your most intriguing and provocative! All the proper lines and lighting lead to the flower, which is what I supposed you were hightlighting. If so you did a wonderful piece of artwork and imaging to capture the mood. The only fault I find in this photograph is the out of place lines on top of the image. They seem to detract from the over declaration of the girl and the flower. Other than that, Excellente A+1. Sincerest best wishes, JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

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