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you're as creative as you allow it
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Published: December 21, 2013
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this shooting was one of the hardest I've ever had. When I made the preparations, I was sure about this whole thing going to be perfect because I checked so many things in advance, my set up was huge; so many different clothes, posing ideas, accessoires, etc. But at the shooting itself, the pressure about the 'these pictures have to get just perfect'-thought made me feel so unrelaxed and stressed that I totally forgot about the main thing; the creativity and the fun about creating something unique. I'm pretty ashamed of myself at this shooting, I started stressing my model, Sophie, and I'm SO thankful for her just staying professional and trying her best, even if I totally freaked out.
In the end, the last pictures - I was still stressed and uncomfortable but I calmed down a little - weren't that bad. At least I've learned much of it. At my next shooting I will try not the be under the pressure of good photos, which really limits your creativity. It's a hard world out there, you don't have to be mean to yourself as well.
Image size
7360x4912px 30.88 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D800
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Aperture
F/9.0
Focal Length
62 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Dec 15, 2013, 12:37:48 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)
Sensor Size
35mm
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emznocedo|Hobbyist Photographer
"It's a hard world out there, you don't have to be mean to yourself as well."- yes to that.
and you should know this is beautiful, the light, her expression, just perfect!
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vallavalval|Student Photographer
wow, what a nice comment! thanks a lot, i really appreciate your opinion! :heart:
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IftikharNaseem|Student Photographer
Well i like it kinda nice but i would say there's a bit of a down part with the incomplete eyes but nice though...!
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vallavalval|Student Photographer
Thanks for your comment! When I took the picture, the incomplete eyes also disturbed me, but when I started retouching it I kinda felt like it would make the whole thing more interesting. Sort of 'breaking the rules'; maybe it's just me but I like it. Makes me want to look at the picture for a longer time :)
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Steve1098| Photographer
Interesting portrait, i like it! I also like the little white particles falling down...looks magical 
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vallavalval|Student Photographer
thanks a lot!
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Virtu-Imagery|Hobbyist Photographer
Shooting through glass is not easy.
You have to play with the composition and AF just right to get the subject in focus and use the glass to add the proper effect.
Well done.
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vallavalval|Student Photographer
yeah, wasn't easy at all, sometimes I changed my position and thought 'now it's going to be perfect!' but in the end the picture looked so different from what I actually saw through my eyes..but thank you!
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That is because your eyes ignore or do not pick up things that are occurring on the glass (like small scratches, dust etc). I had been trying to figure out why you were not happy about with this photo. Now I know. 

Given that, one thing to do to get an idea of what the glass is really doing to the picture is to use a circular polarizing filter. By rotating it around you can see what the glass is doing to your shot. 

If you do not have one of these, then polarized sunglasses will do the same thing. Just hold them in your hand and rotate them (this is just to help you see what the glass is doing to the picture that your eye is not picking up, not as good a circular polarizing filter though). I have never shot a picture through sunglasses, so do not know what side effects happen from that - beyond color balance etc. Something new to try.....
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vallavalval|Student Photographer
Thank you for your comment! I actually wanted to buy a polarizing filter, but I didn't know they were that expensive, so it's not really profitable for me. I don't shoot through glas very often..

The idea with the sunglasses is interesting - never thought about that! I should definitely try it, I hope I can find a polarized one in my house :D
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Virtu-Imagery|Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome.

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IntrovertRabbit|Student Digital Artist
after passing fie minutes watching it, it's definitely a great shot !!
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vallavalval|Student Photographer
I also think it needs a little time to sink in. In my opinion it's not a one-look-shot, which you look at and immediately like; I didn't like it at all at the beginning. But after retouching I somehow see it as something different; and i actually really fell for it! Thank you! Heart 
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