First off I must say this is a lovely composition. The model looks comfortable and confident. Which she conveys very well in her body language. And I love her hairdo in this shot. The ponytail coming down like that is marvelous.
Looks like you had late afternoon lighting since the highlights don't seem to be harsh at all. But that could also be the metering of the camera. But I do love how the lighting looks on her right side. Her Face is well lite and her eyes just jump out. If you used a reflector, a little more light on her legs could have been a nice touch too. But maybe the shadow from the right leg would not have been desirable.
Wonderfully sexy with just the right touch of class and elegance which help set this photo apart from your typical swimsuit shot. Nice bokeh from the background. The depth of field from behind lends itself to this photography. Yields an interesting contrast of depth of the subject to the background.
I like everything about this shot -- the lighting, the setting, the oufit, the model -- except the fact that her left leg looks amputated. As a general rule, you don't want to cut a subject off at any joint (knee, ankle, wrist, elbow). A magazine or photo editor would drop this image because of that fact. I would have tried something different with that leg, either have it stretched out straight and try cropping it at mid-shin or open up the composition a bit and include the whole leg. Fingertips are chopped off too, but that's not so big a deal.
For the most part I love this photo. The model, location, etc is very well chosen. The downsides in my opinion are mostly in regards to styling. The make-up on the model's face is fabulous and makes her eyes look stunning, however the way she is posing really presents her right underarm which is not typically an attractive area on anyone. In this case no make-up of any kind was applied to the area to even out the skin tone or cover up obvious tan lines because the skin there creases. It is impossible to miss because of their proximity to her nearly exposed breast which draws the eye and is, of course, the point of choosing that swimsuit. If a magazine really liked this photo that would most likely be fixed with editing software to deal with little spot issues such as this. Her left arm looks slightly (only slightly) akward in its placement. It is obviously not a arm position that someone would naturally use and that is fine because models don't always pose in relaxed natural positions and it is expected. In this case her shoulder is riding up a little high giving her upper body a boxy appearance which detracts from the beautiful curved lines that the rest of her body and positioning is producing. I think it might have been better if the forearm was resting on her knee allowing her hand to drape naturally - giving the whole upper body a more relaxed and sensual appeal. I also agree that cutting off the back leg would get it rejected by most editors.
I do very much love the photo again and as you can see most of my critiques are on the nitpicky side. Things like the make-up and coloration needs to continue throughout he body, having nail art on only a couple of nails draws focus and is distracting to the eye, and she looks like she has a hair tie on her right wrist which breaks up the line of the arm and looks like someone mistakenly forgot it was there and it accidentally made it into the shot. If it was intentional then I would have instead recommended something like a filigree charm bracelet in greyscale with little bits of silver and multi-faceted reflective onyx beads for accent which would echo (and accent) her eyes or a dangly black pearl bracelet to reinforce the scaled appearance of the swimsuit - either would add another dimension to the picture. Also, I am not fond of the heels. The open toe exposes the red nail polish (don't know if that was on purpose because it is the only real color in the picture - everything else is greyscale or muted), the height of the heel makes her not be able to fully place her foot on the ground and her foot to turn at an odd angle which shortens the appearance of the leg and stops the line.
Sorry if I went way overboard on the critique- I did not know how much was too in depth for your needs or wishes.
Hi there. I hope that I am not to late to write you a critique??
The shot itself is fantastic. The model and the clothing compliment each other and have been chosen well. The hair style is well done, as it looks unkempt, but in an artistic way, which melds in well with the background of the empty pool. The shoes this model is wearing, compliment the models physique, pose and the style of the outfit she is wearing. The model is one of beauty and wears it well, with confidence and poise. I do hope to see many more of your work with her as the focal point. I like the photo as a whole in the ways of it's location, style of clothes and the model. I hope to see more of your photos in the future, as I see you as a rising photographer to watch for in the future.
Thank you for sharing this with us and good luck in all your future works.
I think this photo is nice. Of course it may have its flaws but nothing is perfect in this world. What matters about art is not what others like about it but what the artist likes about it. So of course, maybe this did deserve a DD, maybe it doesn't. What some of you need to understand is maybe this photo was very appealing to whomever chooses the DDs and had some impact on them. Whether you thought this did or not doesn't matter. Just be polite and congratulate the artist. Is that so hard? So my conclusion is: this piece is great and in my opinion it was hard work. Along with the rest of the gallery I would say it deserves a DD.
how is this a briliant shot??? I mean... how does this deserves a DA of the day? it even went through photoshop???
I'm sorry for the harsh comments but lets critique this and see if this does deserve a DD. 1st since this went through photoshop, I am sure 3 things were meant to be fixed/adjusted the tone/white/color balance, the detail repair, and cropping.
1) the light control for this image is so uneven and it's obvious that it was just a basic small round reflector using the gold warm side.
2) the cropping cut off the finger tips of the right arm, and the cut off is not appealing to the eyes. It barely fell into the rule of 3rd category and my eyes didn't even move in a circular motion just went directly to the 3)
3) the details... the arm pit stretch mark"s", it's understandable that no one is perfect and I find the appreciation for that, but when you're a DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER, and can have utilizes Photoshop, you have the obligation of acting in behalf of the utmost close to perfection... there are also stretch marks on the leg, and she has a hair tie on her right hand with an unknown dirt underneath the same wrist.
Did this won a DA because all of the Deviant artists who voted for this is not really much of an artist but a political tool who just desperate to get their d*cks wet?
but I should be thanking this photograph... because now I really don't feel bad when I stop posting my work here, and glad to have never gotten a DD.
This photo is all about the model, not the photographer, and this photo is something worth turning the page over and not worth being considered for something special for 1 sec.
Hi! As I chose the image and I am female I can confirm I am most definitely not 'desperate to get my d*ck wet', but thanks for the concern
Just to clarify, The Daily Deviation is a daily feature chosen from the galleries here on deviantART - no one 'votes' for it. But we are open to suggestions from deviants so I would love to see some suggestions from you, please send them over!
He even said so and wondered on how on among all of his work this got a DD.
I'll put down 1 basic question/statement on how and why this doesn't deserve a DD, cause quite frankly the guy is a great photographer, this is just not one of them.
and here it is.. WHY IS IT, THAT EVERY CRITIQUE THAT WAS POSTED FOR THIS PHOTO, HAS MORE 50% DISAGREEMENT TO "EVERY" SINGLE CRITIQUE???
do us a favor, if you don't know what is a quality over art, then pls, just pls don't suggest something if it's not worth a DD.
I am being aggressive, and yes being a dick, and I will take this all and collect them as my sin, but ffs, Deviant Art was meant for perfection, and it's reputation among the greatest art sites have been slowly tainted by "suggestions" such as yours.
Look again through his gallery, everyone can agree, that he has better work that is worth being mentioned and being posted than this.
I love how passionate you are about quality and driving for excellence, but please do not attack another artist, on their own work, for not meeting the standards you have set for the feature they did not ask for, but have received.
Well I'm sorry you've misinterpreted what a DD is, I know it's DD week in #projecteducate, maybe that will clear some things up for you
I can see why this annoyed you so much, you do seem quite quick to judge and even go so far as to decide what I actually care about, which is interesting Whatever you think of my artistic skills, I've been mentoring new additions to the Community Volunteers team, and of course selecting DD's for over 2yrs now, so I feel I have a pretty good idea about it. You get the usual jealousy, misconceptions and general shitstorms - but that kinda comes with the territory
I hope you find something you like in my future DD's
The choice of this photo from my gallery was surprising for me as well because i think i have many more other portraits to showcase rather than this one.I don't really know anyone from deviantart team so there is no political favor for me.If you check my journals you will see what am i saying about the way things are in this site and what's my opinion about it. I agreed with half of what you are saying until i saw your page so your opinion about my work doesn't really matter for me..My friend you are not in position to judge others.Instead of that maybe try working more with your art..
that's a nice low blow shot coming from your so awesome undeserving DD of the day.
if you have the intention of attacking another's gallery, try not to be inconsiderate, by pretending to be considerate and calling someone a friend right after left hook attack like what you just did right there.
Not everyone applies and complies to your so called style of "art".
everyone has the right to create and reform art in their own, I just chose it to be appealingly unique, rather than the often copied style and relying on a beautiful model to make a "decant" art work.
gotta love how you never took the time on focusing yourself and just playing the comeback card.
since this is not going anywhere I'll end it with this
Congrats and be proud on your well deserving DD... may it be something worth putting into your resume and forever remembered and looked at by all the other photographers as one of your "finest" moments.