Soprano Erin Holmes, for HCAC

  • David H 5y

    What else might go on a page, besides photos? Maybe on the cover of an opera program.

  • David Young 5y

    I like this one best David, lovely shot
  • toto cebu 5y

    Looks good
  • Alger Ong 5y

    This is great David. Perfect skin color, lighiting and background. What kind of background did you use for this?
  • 0108 5y

    dont get me wrong :) its a great photo. Great lighting. but the composition for a magazine wouldnt work. Unless you would mirror her.
    show me a magazine cover where the model isent facing the other way when standing on the exit side. The enter and exit part of a picture is very vital to composition in my oppinion.
  • Alex Tremps 5y

    really a good lightning, really natural look of skin and textures..
  • Justin Van Leeuwen 5y

    Lovely. It would look great with text of the show, programme, or even a potential over-leaf saddle-stiched part way on the cover.

    It's always important to know "what" you're shooting for. The end product - sometimes I get asked to do a shoot and there's no product in mind, I'll ask if they really need a professional photographer in those situations (building relationships through thinking and honesty).

    Anyways, a really beautiful portrait, one of your best IMHO.
  • linearconcepts 5y

    My initial thoughts were the same as 0108.

    I'm not sure I completely understand the pros/cons of the comments DH and 0108 are making. I'm not even sure how to google the topic to read more. Anyone have links/suggestions? I'd be interested in learning more about compositional choices/elements, both for portrait and magazine layout.
  • David H 5y

    @0108: horse puckey.
  • Merwen BA 5y

    i don't like the backdrop too classic...
  • David H 5y

    Then make sure you do not buy a Botero #023. You can buy anything else, but not a Botero #023.
  • Matthew Walton 5y

    I really like the "classic" backdrop, amongst the other strengths of the portrait. The subject is very classic, not asking for anything edgy or over-the-top. The light is super clean and accents this woman against a background that doesn't fight for attention. This would be great as a standalone portrait or as an image for editorial use.

    Great job as always DH.
  • Gordon Schmidt 5y

    Wonderful shot David! Classic and honest, with beautiful lighting (what was your setup?).

    As a publications graphic designer and photographer, I can imagine any number of ways that this would work great either as a stand alone image or with typography within the frame. (If placed on the right-side of a 2-page spread, she'd be facing "into" the spread, if that's what is needed).

    Composing the same way all the time is like eating the same food every single meal. Sometimes, you just gotta have a change.
  • Tim Kamppinen 5y

    Beautiful, simple, elegant portrait. About the Botero 23, David... do you ever have issues with visible wrinkles when shooting on it? In this shot you seem to have plenty of DOF on your subject but no problems with wrinkles on the background... how far was she from it? Or maybe you had to do some healing brush magic back there... Just wondering, as I'm considering getting one for senior portraits so I can still quickly do the "yearbook shots" while working on location.
  • David H 5y

    I set it up first off, early, and let it hang with a couple of clamps weighting it down. If any wrinkles remain, I Photoshop 'em out.
  • Tim Kamppinen 5y

    Thanks for the info!
  • alvarogutierrez 5y

    Great picture.
  • D3shooooter 5y

    OMG, "horse puckey"! It took a few minutes to stop laughing before I could post this to say, hilarious. My gawd the number of times I heard that as a kid :)
  • Andy Booth 5y

    Lovely lighting and pose - suits the classical ethos of Opera.
  • Jeannemarie Viggiano 5y

    this is my other favorite. I just love the colors of her dress against that background. the light is amazing. Great point about leaving room on the frame for other intentions.

    Zach A was going over that in his workshop this weekend.
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Taken on April 25, 2010

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