weird, great timing and capture that confronting shot really kind of pulls together this kind of lost character.
And how she has been isolated by colour just supplies a verr good focal area instantly
Eric, I stumbled across your site via belle-epoque's (another fabulous artist), and I just finished browsed through your entire gallery. Looked at the thumbnails of each one and every one and the full-views of a good majority of them. You have an extensive and impressive gallery. After seeing grand angles, gorgeous scenery, and vivid imagination pieces, who would've guessed that this one would end up my favorite? A little girl, reading a book, on a bus. It's so basic, but yet I'm absolutely 100% certain, because in its sheer simplicity lies its brilliance.
I think what drew me to this piece in the very beginning was the selective coloring. That and the funny looking hat Decoloring everything except for the little girl was a fantastic decision, and it really makes this piece outstanding. It's like she's in another world, lost in the fantasy sphere of the book. The hat, which covers up half her head, really emphasizes the detached feeling, and you are so lucky to find this (unless, of course, all little girls in Japan wear hats like that ). The composition of the photo is what strikes me next. It's almost perfect. I agree with flaery, that the inclusion of the other passenger on the right is another great decision. Even the photo above the girl's head really adds to the piece. A splendid crop! The only thing I don't particularly like, and this is being nitpicky, is that railing next to the girl's head. It's impossible to crop it out because of the girl's hand, but perhaps you could've edited out. To me, it detracts a little of my attention.
Overall, a fantastic capture. This piece epitomizes to me, what photography is about. You've caught a moment, where someone is lost in their own world. A definite fav! Keep up the great work. I'll be eagerly watching your future works.
yes, belle epoque has some very nice stuff as well, no doubt!
I apologize for the lateness of this reply, but seriously my friend - I thank you. You have obviously taken the time to look deeply into a part of my soul (ones work = huge part of oneslf)..this has to be one of about only 4-5 of my shots that I have ever taken, that I truley am proud of. I am glad you choose it also.
I also thank you for the small anal detail about the pole near the little girl. I will airbrush that out in PS the next chance I get! I am quite teh same about small things like that..they can make more difference then some may think heh
Again, I love that you took the time to look and apprieceate it more then you know..
No apologies needed. I don't even expect replies when I write these comments. It's very simple, actually. I write them as a token of appreciation for someone who has captured and shared a fantastic moment in time otherwise unseen by me. As such, it's my absolute pleasure, and no 'thank you's are necessary either.
What I will gladly accept, however, is your friendship. It seems we're both Texans recently transplated to the west coast. If what I read in one of your former comments is true--that you're joining the airforce--then it's also pretty incidental because I'm on the other side of the picture. My job entails developing equipment for fighter jets.
Thank you for the bookmark, although I'd advise you to check back with my gallery a little later. The photos I have up now are mainly experimental, and a difference in quality is quickly forthcoming. I purhcased a D70 recently and am getting some very useful tips. Photography is a craft I just picked up a little over two months ago, and great photographers such as yourself really provide a healthy dose of inspiration. I've learned a lot already, but there's still a lot more to go.
In the meanwhile, all the best wishes on this gloomy Saturday.
strange bud! very strange..(our story being very similar)
yes, I leave next week actually for the air force..if our similar'ness continues (which I am asuming heh) I will be probably flying on my missions on the same planes that you are developing. so, make them well my friend! hah.
cheers on the purchase of your new d70, too!
ironicly I am writing this back to you, on another gloomy Saturday..rain / sleeting out right now..
O_O how do you do that? Seriously... no one I know can tell me how to put color onto a black and white photo like that... and I'd really like to know ^_^ its gorgeous and I like her little salior like dress... and the way her foot is angled for some reason.. it makes her look more innocent...
The color mixed with black & white is not only a great idea, but you've done it seamlessly, to the point that it almost looks natural (except you obviously can't take such a photograph naturally). The colors themselves are very nice as well - the blue, red, and white against the black & white background. And as ~flaery said, I love how you can see only a part of another passenger.
Just an opinion, but this might look better with a black, 1px border on a white background, rather than vice versa. I don't know, maybe not.
The color with the black and white works well with the child. It makes her appear even more interesting and youthful. She is very cute I like how we can see part of another passenger, as well as the reflection on the window.