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Old 07-29-2016, 10:47 AM
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Which pose do you like better?

HI all. Going to be starting a portrait of my daughter soon. Did my photo shoot yesterday and I'm not sure which of the following two poses I like better. Which would you choose? Never posted photos before - not sure if I'm doing it right. They aren' showing up in the preview and i'm not sure if that's normal. I guess I'll try it.
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:44 PM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Have I done something wrong, technically or etiquette -wise? Many people have viewed my question but no one has posted an opinion....
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:49 PM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Portraits for me have always been about a reaction between the person in the picture and the viewer - or in other works, is the viewer waiting for the portrait to move or respond? With that in mind, I prefer the picture of her facing me, engaging me.
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:54 PM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Thank you! I guess most posts get a lot more views than replies. Didn't notice that before.
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:15 PM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

The first photo appears to be more artistic and less complicated than the second one. The second photo also shows the face competing with the feet, in MPO. Without hesitation I would prefer the first photo. Again, this is a very personal opinion. Other artists would take many photos from different angles and lights.
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:34 PM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Thank you! I took a bunch of photos (not enough, though, as I now wish I had put her hands and feet in different positions) and these two are what I came down to. I tend to prefer portraits without direct eye contact, but I kind of like the compactness of the second, so I'm torn. Thanks again for your input!
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

the first one is more sweet, innocent, not very sure of herself.

The second has more atmosphere. She knows things or she thinks of something.

I would go for the second one. Love the look on her face.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:32 PM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

hmm! Good thoughts. Thanks.
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

I prefer the second photo, I feel like there's more going on there and it draws the viewer in more. The first photo I feel like she's more self conscious of the camera, it feels a little awkward (to me). Of course, it is down to personal preference and some things can be altered in the painting, so may be more of a question of which you feel embodies her character better, or which she herself prefers?
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

you did nothing wrong, it takes a while (sometimes) for folks to comment. I like the foreshortening in the second photo and the diagonal created by the chair .. I find, most often, foreshortened poses are more beautiful than flat poses - though I do enjoy some of the rhythms of the left or first image. I suggest thinking about your spacing and placing w/in the confines of your image area - if you like the second image more.. perhaps she could be less head-centered and offset a touch more to the left ( see the "rule of thirds" or perhaps do some study on the golden section and golden ratio.)

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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Personally... if i were to paint the whole figure i would paint the dirst and if i were going to a head and shoulders crop i would chiise the second.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:34 AM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Although either photo could lead to a good painting, i prefer the 2nd.

1. The motion of her body slanting in one direction in opposition to the motion of the chair is interesting to me.

2. front and 3/4 faces are more personal. When its someone you know, its nice to see their whole face.

3. I like the lights and shadow across the face.

Best of luck with the painting. I hope you post the result.
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

I'd prefer the second, although face-on profiles are generaly harder than side profiles, the depth of shadow on one side of her face and the back of her chair in the second would give the whole painting more depth.
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Old 07-30-2016, 09:35 AM
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Re: Which pose do you like better?

Thanks, everyone, for the input! I appreciate it and it helps me think about all these things.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:21 AM
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...The second photo also shows the face competing with the feet, in MPO.

Really good point. Lot's competing with the face. You may have to consider cropping, throwing the feet into shadow, or toning down highlights to pull the torso and face more into focus. You could even add a little light behind so give the outer edge of the hair some flare.
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