I feel ambivalent about the focusing issues in this set that other commenters have pointed out. The setting I find quite interesting, i.e. the space in which the model is seen here. Not the usual kind of room! I would have thought there would be some fascinating opportunities for composition in a space like this. I feel as if some of those were missed, but I can't really determine why I think this - just a feeling at this point.
One thing that does occur to me is that the focus issues are related to the composition choices. Take the little series #14 - 17, for example. In my own very amateur work, I thrive on composition thinking, which I know is a limitation, but I have many limitations, so be it.... I look at a frame like that and would want to do more with it somehow - it seems a little chaotic to me on a conceptual level. I would like to hear about the artist's intent to get some understanding.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 on Fenaco
It's an interesting gallery, this one. I like that dark tone (color, I mean, not mood).
Sunday, September 17th, 2017 on Ramine
Hello, Berenice! You looked so wonderful all in white! Who is the mysterious D?
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 on Suthen
No. I know someone whose first soap box derby ended abruptly in horrible embarrassment.
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 on Presenting Rise
There is such thought in Una's face throughout. It's wonderful to see.
Thursday, August 24th, 2017 on Oventi
In #32, on the left, is that a duck?!
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 on Mulde
Raena, you're such a woman! I'm always drawn to you when you show yourself, and this set puts you in a magnificent light.
Sunday, August 13th, 2017 on Milea
Oscar Wilde, eh? I always like sets with books. Lauren is reading something that I never have looked at myself.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 on Presenting Lauren Swift
Oh, it's a brush! I thought from the cover that it was some kind of metallic scallop-shaped implement, maybe a ladle.
I've always been a little puzzled by the habit that we see of the models being asked to stand partly on tiptoe most of the time. Here, Tempe gets to have at least one foot planted naturally on the floor much of the time. I'm glad to see that because I imagine it's more comfortable and, as indicated, more natural.
Monday, July 17th, 2017 on Reshen
Nothing like a nice girl with a globe! :) Frames #37 to 40 were definitely different.
But I have to wonder about that globe. One of my little things that I like to do is try to estimate when a globe was made based on the countries and borders that it shows. I see that on this one, for example, Germany is shown as unified, so that puts it at 1991 or later, essentially. But some of the spellings are quite strange! "Gibraltor," "Marcellis"? And there was not much attempt to get the shapes of the countries correct. Look at how odd Switzerland looks. If Miss Slava is in need of a quality atlas, I'll send her one forthwith.
Monday, July 10th, 2017 on Porena
I'm glad to hear that! Looking at #45, along with my admiration of her person, I found myself suddenly wondering if she ever snores.
Sunday, July 9th, 2017 on Fripa
I applaud the frames of Cara in mid-jump! This is precisely the kind of thing I was hoping to see.
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 on Ralae
As typical for me, I have a stupid comment on composition. I like the use of colors in this set. Bright blue isn't too common in MA photos, and here it provides a nice contrast and livens up the atmosphere.
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 on Presenting Jasmine Jazz
At first I thought to myself, "Goodness, such detailed scrutiny of pubic stubble in various sets, and now a comment on a specific blood vessel!" I wondered how it could be that it could draw such attention in a full-body frame. But having taken a look, I see you're right. You have an eye for detail!
Monday, May 29th, 2017 on Sarmia
#78 is quite striking. I've not seen Sabrisse (or many other women) that way before. It also seems to me that she finds a lot of different ways to use her hair expressively in this set. I think that's one of the nice parts about it.
Her concurrent set at SA was so physically stunning that I thought I should make an extra effort to look at this one here in a more holistic light.
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 on Radulla
I picked out frame 79 especially. It's an interesting composition all by itself.
Colors first - the candle colors seem to me to harmonize with the bed print, and the plant's green is a nice contrast to both. I like the way Michaela's own colors are defined among these. And like a lot of you, I gravitate to her eyes. I've noticed that the models that grab my attention the most are those with powerful eyes.
What strikes me even more than the colors, though, are the lines or almost-lines throughout the frame. There are the layers in the candles themselves, then the shelves on which they sit, then the parts of the mounting frame on the wall, all of which cut one direction. But the verticals matched against this are surprising and more organic, because they're formed from Michaela herself. See how her arm follows along with the edge of the frame's rods while her right hip sets up another vertical elsewhere. Of course, being a woman, she has slight curves rather than completely straight lines. :) But that's what I mean about the organic impression.
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 on Lenaza
That's such a great phrase - "wonderfully important task" - I treasure it!
Monday, April 24th, 2017 on Kinoda
This is an interesting idea. I think the execution fell somewhat short, but I like the kinetic, active nature of it. It had the potential to become more so, though, had the arrow ever left the string, for example.
The bow is a physically challenging weapon. It demands a lot from certain muscles. I never got the hang of it myself. Certain angles in this set could have been used to greater effect to show Susanna and her bow as more of a unit. I'm thinking especially of #106, when we could have seen some power in her back and shoulders, for example. Not that I would expect a model to work out to the degree needed to really make it work in a practical sense, but still, that would have been a chance to see an articulation of muscles that we don't usually get to see in a shoot like this. I think it would have been sexy.
I think my favorite frame in the whole set is actually #2, due to the concentration in Susanna's face then.
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 on Vandora
I keep meaning to ask: what is the meaning of her ring? I've always found the presence of that ring one of the most charming things about her sets.
Monday, April 17th, 2017 on Play With Me
I'm glad to have heard Candice's voice at last. It's a touch deeper than I expected.
A lot of clever mirror use in this set. I was thinking of the comment from one of the other recent sets that involved a mirror of which the feeling was that the maximum use was not made at that time. Here, we got plenty of mileage out of it! Images 17, 28, 38 and 76 are particularly good examples. Neat work from Susanna and Fabrice!
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 on Tremna
Is the cat jealous? Cats are crafty, you know.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 on Kaltami
That sort of thing reminds me of a hike last summer during which I was taking some photos of all the different mushrooms that happened to be around. I set up my tripod to take a few of one particularly unusual one that I'd never seen before, and a couple of other hikers came by and I turned away to talk for a moment, then turned back and resumed shooting. I didn't notice until processing that in the first frame after that break, a colorful little fly had posed for a second right on top of the mushroom, just for the amount of time it took me to get that one frame, and then was gone.
Thursday, November 24th, 2016 on Porrea
It does indeed have a fun aspect to it! I rather like the set. As you point out, the contrast - and yet, Aruna's skin tone blends with the drapes in the back a little too well - and the tricky poses, with little bits of flair like the wild hair in #77, make it an interesting take on a pair of nice ladies.
Friday, November 18th, 2016 on Levitate
There's a lot of reddish tone in this set. It strikes me that an abundance of that is very common in erotic photography - all manner of flesh tones, and here Nicole's hair, of course, as well as the walls of the bedroom. I'd be interested to hear how photographers grapple with the color balance issues that arise from this.
That looks like a curious book choice for a shoot like this - _Your Inner Fish_?
Friday, November 11th, 2016 on Mabbel
Jenni was one of the first models that I found absolutely enchanting - not just here, but anywhere. I'm glad she's doing all right; at least, I hope I may so take the description of her current doings.
I'm not sure if it was the VT interview, but I once saw some interview with Jenni somewhere in which she was so hilarious that I wished I could meet her in person! Actually, a coworker of mine reminds me of her somewhat - the hair especially, I think.
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 on The MetArt 50+ Club: Jenni A
I now realize that Susanna's face reminds me of Lois Chiles'. This is an interesting set to me - there seems to be a lot of geometric arrangement in her poses around the window.
It's odd how rarely we see such a completely symmetrical frame as #44 here.
Fascinating choice of hairstyle, too - sometimes it makes Susanna look older than I expected, but other times within this same shoot, it causes her to give off a certain subtle energy.
Friday, November 4th, 2016 on Rodna
Eartha Kitt played Catwoman?!? Huh.. I missed that.
Saturday, October 29th, 2016 on Presenting Carisse
I wonder if the Russian army viewed his studio as a war asset. Maybe they were looking for intel on these mysteriously beautiful ladies.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 on Feglin
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 on Boniu
No, beer can pull tabs as a sort of chain mail would be too uncomfortable for the ladies. However, what could we do with aluminum yogurt lids? That might be something. They're more flexible and colorful. :)
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 on Lacco
I find this set pretty interesting. The play of light and shadow makes this an indeed artistic approach, more veiled and indirect than usual. Some of the poses seem forced, but there's a decent range of expression in the set. I like the way we end with a portrait shot with that clever lighting to cast that specific shadow to one side of her nose, but still catch both of Sheana's eyes with some nice light!
I would have liked to see those candles on the shelf used a little more somehow. I see they began the set unlit, then they became lit, and that's kind of where it ends. One doesn't have to set anything on fire, obviously, but I do love candles. They could be like characters in a story with the model, maybe. It was a similar feeling of anticipation, maybe, to when I saw the cover of "Fire Dance" over on SA - wow, candles and a nice flame! and then... that was that, more or less.
I virtually never enter a rating for sets, even ones about which I have strong feelings either way, but on this occasion I think the artistic effect merits a positive contribution for my taste. There is also the fact that seeing a < 7 in the aggregate voting motivates me to try and buck the trend. :-)
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 on Direll
If I understand this right, then, the outfit in 97-104 is what Xena ends up wearing while at the window. I think this all worked quite well - I like the idea of seeing a model dressing as well as undressing, and Catherine, as you mentioned, you and Xena do tell a story here. I liked this whole set!
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 on Plectia
I got some accessories for my T5 the other day. I was on the point of getting a set of color cards, but realized that I don't know yet how to use them, so refrained. It seems scary how much one should know to do good digital photography. My one real interest is in nature photography particularly, and there's a lot going on in just that one area of specialization.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 on Desmia
Heh, that was lusty! :)
Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 on Malsu
I was attracted to this set because I thought the cover page was a really great display of Melena's body - the shape of her waist and everything really appealed to me. Then, in the set itself, image 58 is also a wonderful showcase of her proportions. It worked well having her undo the bottom like that, because that particular length of the string caused all of her areas to line up in an intriguing way.
Saturday, June 25th, 2016 on Rymeno
So it looks like ham, tomato, pineapple (?), olive, green pepper... did Ledina pick out the pizza? Looks tasty.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 on Passeri
I particularly like this set because it has action! Susanna doing stuff with the float, moving around, interacting with that water spout. I was expecting her to flip off the float into the water at some point, though, and there'd be a picture catching her in mid-flip, maybe with a shocked look on her face as the float turns upside down. Such truly kinetic shots I never seem to see in sets like these. But we got close today, so I'm pleased!
Saturday, May 14th, 2016 on Gosy
What a woman! I've never seen anyone quite like her.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 on Sejila
Been soaking in those volumes of Vogon poetry again? :)
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 on Uvena
I should mention, too, that the highlight of this set for me is 84-86. Foxy, I hope you didn't get dizzy holding that pose for too long, because it was a great presentation of yourself with your hair like a nice curtain!
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 on Cicina
I happen to like salt; it's tasty. Not in all of my food, to be sure--for me, lima beans or broccoli, for example, are great without any extra salt added. But Salt that is Foxy goes well with everything!
#10 - maybe I should develop a taste for popcorn.
Monday, April 25th, 2016 on Presenting Juliett Lea
Cira, you're a beautiful lady! Thanks for being here and bringing yourself to light.
These magenta feather earrings are a significant addition to the whole set, I think. It's a strong contrast with your skin tone, but in small doses like this, the strong color is just right.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 on Rodja
I know I got off topic there. Sorry.
The things that strike me about this set with Nalina is that great splash of color that her scarf provides, which varies from the more blue part to the orange-red as the story progresses. And Nalina's smile is nice and friendly!
Monday, March 7th, 2016 on Ciritha
I've wanted to go to Kazan someday for a while, for several reasons. There is some famous architecture there, as I recall--the cathedral, for example. And several famous chess masters are from there.
That dress is pretty spectacular for the pattern. Is it Patritcy's regular choice of wardrobe?
Sunday, March 6th, 2016 on Pogie
Surely the overture from Tristan und Isolde is better for this sort of thing.. :)
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 on Eliones
This is a striking set! I like wine, so grapes are fine with me. I agree that the placement of a bunch of grapes on Kenya's body is kind of strange at times, but overall, I'm interested by the strong color contrasts in this set... blue, green, tanned flesh, the varying colors of the grapes themselves. I can almost think of it as a study of the vineyard itself, with Kenya being a sort of Vanna White presenting different bunches of grapes.
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 on Presenting Kenya
This is quite a nice movie, all in all. I have a few thoughts:
1. I don't find the music selection as out of place as some others do. For the rock genre, that's a pretty laid-back tempo, so I think it works fairly well if a power ballad is going to be the choice.
2. Sabrisse seemed to find her own hair a little unruly that day, particularly in the first couple of segments in the city. Maybe there was too much of a breeze. I don't know if anything can be done about that sort of thing that would still let her have the look she wants and that fits her best. I love long hair on a woman, and of course that goes double for one like her.
3. Someone else mentioned eye contact. Yes, good, I say! But I noticed Sabrisse seemed to be directed to look toward the other camera station (i.e. not the active one at the moment) at times, which was a little odd-looking. Now I haven't seen her other movies much, but ever since she came on the scene, her eyes have always struck me to the core. If she were to have some extended gazes straight into our (my) eyes, longer than what we got in this movie, I don't know what I would do. Sabrisse, think of it--your eyes have such power!
Sunday, January 10th, 2016 on Liatre
Thank you:) The "D" will know...;)
Sunday, September 17th, 2017 on Suthen
Don't think so, although it would be a duck with good taste if it was perving over a Gloria photoshoot if it was :)
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 on Mulde
Lulz. How can someone not see it? It's right there, popping out. It stood out.
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 on Sarmia
And full of sharp edges as all get-out! No... I think they'd be just as bad, if not worse, than beer can pull-tabs.
Maybe uuussseee might like to see someone covered with gummy worms stuck all over or plastered with chocolate drops? Who knows? S/he never really expresses a specific desire about it.
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