- John (Johnny) Mason s photo Stage Door, Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, 21 February 2004 in this week s gallery really captured my attention. InMessage 1 of 3 , Mar 1 5:50 AMView SourceJohn (Johnny) Mason's photo 'Stage Door, Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, 21 February 2004' in this week's gallery really captured my attention. In fact, I liked it so much that I didn't even notice the grey darkened blowout. Now that Emily mentioned it though, it is quite obvious. I would try masking that area off and cloning some of the background that surrounds the man's head then add some noise or something so its not an obvious clone.
I love the use of angles. The angle of the stage makes the people on there look as if they will soon slide off into failure but the angle of the girl's viola (violin?) rises up with confidence or at least hope. She does not appear nervous or frightened to me. I see a bit of a smile and a quiet confidence in her posture and face.
The lighting is also wonderful with the girl properly lit while the stage is blazing with hot light.
The other image that really caught my attention is Amy West's 'Poker'. I can't really put into words what it is that I like about this. Perhaps its the black felt of the table. I've seen a lot of green but never a black table however the black is much better for this shot as it makes a dramatic void between the chips and the cards at the right, into which someone's mortgage money and title to the Cadillac are going to go. In desperation, the gambler has formed the non-stacked chips into a mini crucifix.
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- ... Now ... I ... the ... some ... Thanks for the much advice, Gregory. I ll try it. Simply burning the highlight clearly didn t work well. --John ===== J.Message 2 of 3 , Mar 2 8:07 AMView SourceAbout "Stage Door," Gregory wrote:
>...I didn't even notice the grey darkened blowout.Now
>that Emily mentioned it though, it is quite obvious.I
>would try masking that area off and cloning some ofthe
>background that surrounds the man's head then addsome
>noise or something so its not an obvious clone.Thanks for the much advice, Gregory. I'll try it.
Simply burning the highlight clearly didn't work well.
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- My suggestion is somewhat more intimidating, but would maybe produce the most natural effect. Try to replicate or complete what might have been behind theMessage 3 of 3 , Mar 2 8:28 AMView SourceMy suggestion is somewhat more intimidating, but would maybe produce
the most natural effect. Try to replicate or complete what might
have been behind the sidelighting that blew out the pic to begin
with. And leave a tiny little bit of hot around her nose and the
scroll. As I recall there's an arm to the right side there and I'll
bet there was a hand blown out by the Leko off stage that made the
Not saying this is easy....
Emily L. Ferguson
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