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Jagadeesh Andrew Owens
 

Opinions please on this photo!


 
 
I'm going to give this to one of the restaurants I shot the other day. Do you like it with the text? Should I remove it? The text, btw, is the name of the restaurant. Also, any critiques on the sc or how to improve the photo would be welcome and appreciated.


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9/26/2006 8:05:25 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Sipho,
I really like the selective coloring, I think it does a great job of emphasizing the subject.

The blown-out white on the chef's shirt is distracting, though - can you try toning that down a bit?

I'm assuming the style of the text is the restaurant's logo and not just a design you came up with? If so, I would leave it in - I think it does a very good job of illustrating how this image could be used in their advertising, on a menu cover, etc. I think it makes the image look very "marketable".

Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com


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9/26/2006 8:26:37 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   I tried like the devil to tone that shirt down. I'll try some more! I designed (on the fly) the text/logo. Just chose a font I thought fit, and then made the text fish shaped, then put a little swoosh behind it. I'm hoping they will want it for an ad, then I can sell it for some money! That was the goal (the ad) I had in mind when I did it. I was going to offer them a copy for their wall and suggest how great it would be as an ad.


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9/26/2006 8:34:55 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Didn't use a diffuser on your light did ya?? That oughtta help next time around. And TELL THAT GUY TO GETTA SHAVE !!!! or long sleeves with gloves.
M/


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9/26/2006 10:24:30 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Nope, no diffuser! LOL @ the gloves!


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9/26/2006 11:03:18 AM

 
Marianne Fortin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/23/2006
  I like the shot but also think the hairy arms are a bit unappetizing. Can you remove them (the hairs!).

It is a great photo but I think that because it is for a restaurant setting it might need to be a bit "warmer".

Just my humble opinion! :)


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9/26/2006 11:26:57 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Thanks for your thoughts, Marianne. I'll have to figure out a way to remove the hairs without making his arms look plastic. As for the warmth, there was no warmth in the restaurant. Very clean, straight, ultra modern lines, tile floors, etc. If I warmed it up it wouldn't be true to the restaurant.


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9/26/2006 11:33:52 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  OK, I got it !!! (For future use) Next time, just have the chef holding the tray out for presentation, rather than putzing with the stuff on the plate. BTW I like the colors, look a tad artificial but maybe it's because of the b&w contrast they're set against. ;>)

Hey, anyone seen my light gray seamless muslin around? (I can't find the thing anywhere).
M.


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9/26/2006 11:56:13 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Mark, see my other heavily Photoshopped photo of the same chef doing exactly what you just suggested! http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/Discussiondetail.asp?threadID=528719


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9/26/2006 12:11:02 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Everyone seems to be pretty complementary about this photo but I see a glaring flaw that nobody else has picked up on. Your film must have been defective 'cause the color is missing in a lot of the picture.

BTW, if you do remove the hair, send it my way and I'll paste onto the top of my head.


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9/26/2006 1:23:23 PM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   ROFLMAO!!!!


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9/26/2006 1:54:08 PM

 
Michelle M. Peters
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  How about some g-blur to make the hair less obvious? I like this shot though! I am like you and prefer the high saturation look and the whites nearly blown out. This would be a great photo for ads or menus or even just a fantastic shot to hang in the restaurant, but I think they will love this! Good luck!


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9/27/2006 5:25:46 AM

 
Jagadeesh Andrew Owens   Thanks, Michelle!


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9/27/2006 5:29:22 AM

 
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