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What are your thoughts?

This was one of those shots I never thought would work out till I got back to my studio and started processing. after some debate with my self I have come to like this image. I would be interested in honest feed back from the community. Please support your statements either way. Thanks. Brian.

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Pierre Dumas , October 02, 2012; 01:37 A.M.

Most impressive and original picture!

Best regards Brian!

PDE

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Michael C , October 02, 2012; 10:11 A.M.

Her positioning sets up a little tension. I like it!

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John Peri , October 02, 2012; 11:56 A.M.

Brian, personally I love frozen moments such as this taken seemingly in an impromptu fashion. Moreover, the play of light, the tones combine to give an overall interesting image. I certainly would include this shot in my final portfolio. Very good, bravo.

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ALLAN JEMPSON , October 04, 2012; 07:31 A.M.

YES LIKE THIS ONE

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Jerry Matchett , October 04, 2012; 03:36 P.M.

Brian,
When I first saw this I thought it was some kind of BDSM situation. Then, looking more closely I realized it was not.
But what was it? Why would a nude person get in this position? One possible explanation is that she is communicating with someone at the bottom of (how many?) stairs. One of the clearest rules of good picture making is that each picture should tell or at least imply a clear story. I don't think this does.
A compositional problem is that the brightest part of the picture is her right flank and arm (picture left) These serve as a "light trap" - something that draws the eyes to the periphery of the picture, with the danger the eyes just keep going to the left and the viewer loses interest in the composition. Adding to that is the fact that the tonality of her finger merges with the slightly off-white background. A dark frame line would stop that.
Finally, your logo cannot be read against the area where the picture is light toned. Have you given consideration that a logo could be designed with its own dark background, fitted into (say) a small circle?
Regards,
Jerry

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Brian Kelley , October 14, 2012; 02:31 P.M.

Jerry,

Thank you so much for your insightful critique of this photo. While I enjoy seeing the "I like this photo" comments, I am focused on being the best photographer I can be and your comments point out things I did not see myself and help me grow in my craft.
Keep the constructive criticism coming.

Brian

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