Top or Bottom
Top or Bottom
Firstly, I wanted to say a massive Thank you to everyone who took the time to pass comment on my recent post. Gathering feedback is (I believe) an important part of what I do. That being said, it’s nice to see the variance and for those that provided a bit more verbiage, thank you.
The truth is, there was no right or wrong answer and somewhere between the comments that were posted, landed the real reason of the post.
Photography is (and always will be) down to a matter of personal taste. Just like any other Art form, not only can you (and you will) fail to please everyone but you can also begin to understand how a piece of Art can be thought provoking.
I wanted to get people thinking. What they liked and equally, what they didn't like. Then, from there, people will think what is it that they liked, what drew them to the choice that they made.
For some, it was a simple case of the top image looked more "natural", that it had an airy feel to it. For others, it was the contrast in the bottom image and the fact the eye was brought right to Lily-Mae and it appeared much sharper.
The response I received was perfect, I never wanted a biased response. Sure... That would no doubt make my job easier, but there is little fun in that. It's a clear demonstration of what can be achieved and also how all of this plays into your photo session... The things you never really thought you needed to think about. (try saying that a few times)
One person even commented on how the print medium effected their choice and that was a fantastic response. Indeed, both of these images wouldn't have the same final print (but that's mostly personal choice).
Both of these images were shot within seconds of each other, yet both provoke 2 completely different “feels”. Both using 2 different techniques, of which I will go into further down the line when I get some real chance to demonstrate better.
But why Black and White? Here it was a simple case of striping everything from the image that could be deemed as a distraction. Forcing the viewer (you) to consider the images on a much more deeper basis. With no colour to distract your attention. You were forced to think about the contrast and the "feel". With no change to the pose, there could be no confusion.
Despite both images being shot with the same lens, resized to the same size, one image does indeed appear sharper. At the scale of the resize and Facebook compression it was impossible to actually attain whether it was technically sharper or not. Creating good solid lighting and contrast, is indeed what appears to make the image sharper.
Once again, to those that took part, thank you kindly.