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A Useful Distraction

A Useful Distraction
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Copyright: Agoes SK (wieyos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-26
Categories: Friends/Family
Camera: Pentax K20D, PENTAX SMC DA 18-55MM F/3.5-5.6 AL II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-30 1:45
Viewed: 1850
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Objects like power lines, cables, wires and the like are at times viewed as distractions in a photo.

Depending on the angle and how one perceives them, those objects can become an attraction or to a lesser extent a support to the main subject in a photo, as how we found the barbed wire here useful to us.

The gist: perceive things positively for distractions can become attractions. All you need is a little creativity.

Thanking you in advance for viewing and your kind words.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-10-30 1:52]

Hi Agoes...
Beautiful portrait with so nice composition, colors...
Great expression...
Have a nice weekend...

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-10-30 1:58]
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Nice used of balb wire here Agoes, as you said a distraction but now became an additional attraction in the image. I like how you manage the light here using a reflector if am right (caused you did not mentioned). The blurred BG given by f/5.6 also complimented. Nice work!



Hi Agoes, so nice to see you back here :)
This is really creative I think - and unusual, with the barbed wire as lead-in. Really nice low perspective of this beautiful woman ... great details even under the parasol. Great shot.

Hi Agoes...nicely composed shot...well done.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-10-30 6:56]

Hi Agoes & welcome back!

The parasol makes a superb, eyecatching backdrop, and allows diffused light on the attractive female model. Excellent colour, sharpness, & framing. Have a nice weekend!

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2009-10-30 8:35]

Hi Agos,
A lovely composition with a lovely model. I agree with you. The barb wire is an added bonus here.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-10-30 12:30]


Very nice portrait, very good lighting and exposure.
Well composed shot.


Nice to see you posting again mate!

Ok I'll be brutal and blunt because I'm sure that's what you want (if it isn't, let me know, I can be flexible.)

The location, the subject, and the idea - all great! The lighting is well managed, there is good fill on her face and good balance between light and shadow, not sure if they were fixed in PP or achieved in-camera, although there is a distinct difference in brightness between the field on the left of the photo, and on the right of the photo, so I suspect post-work?

My biggest niggle here though is the composition. This has potential to work so much better, if you aimed the camera a little more to the left. Not only could you take advantage of Rule of Thirds, placing her more towards the right, but that all-important barbed-wire strand would then lead in from the upper right corner of the photo, giving it a much more powerful and aesthetic status.

Just my thoughts on it! Nice shot though and a pretty model. :)


This is a fantastic POV and good exposure. The lighting is superb here and I like the natural expression of the model. I have to agree with Rew on the composition suggestion but overall a well managed interesting portrait. TFS!



Hello Agoes! Beautiful girl, wonderful umbrella and dangerous wire. Good low POV, very good capture. Original work. Well done!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-10-31 1:39]

Your idea to make use of the wire is cool,because normally I avoid it.
Here you made it part of the picture and its not disturbing at all,also thanks to the lady and landscape!.


Hi Agoes
a good portrait of a pretty girl.
well composed in an interesting scene with umbrella and wire.
perfect sharpness of beautiful colors.
nice bg too.

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2009-11-02 0:21]

hello Agoes,
this is a charming picture.I like your intelligent use of the barbed wire. It acts as a leading line to the pretty girl.I like also the contrast it creates between the soft and feminine of your subject and the harsh "maleness" of the barb.Nice control of light.

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