Xiao Cai  

Traveling in New York Times Square by Xiao Cai

November 2020 - Traveling in New York Times Square

November 2020 - Xiao Cai


About the Image(s)

Usually, when I shoot with models, I prefer lifestyle tastes and not too fond of a high fashion style. In this photo, it is a combination of high fashion and lifestyle. The result is a little to my surprise. I like the result. What do you think?

Camera: Nikon D800. Lens: 85mm f/1.4 ISO 100 Exposure 1/250 at f/5.6

5 comments posted

Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Xiao, your choice of f-stop and your processing blurring the vehicles definitely separates the model from the background and makes her the centrepiece of the image. I like the reflection picked up in the sunglasses as well for some reason to me it gives a point of interest. My eye seems to be drawn to the green traffic lights which don't appear natural and detract from the image, might I suggest cloning them out they are not in my view necessary to the image. I also suggest you work on the models top right-hand side, hair and shoulder there is detail in your original which seems to be lost by the high key approach in the submitted image. You have definitely done a good job of separating the model from the very busy background thanks for posting.   Posted: 11/01/2020 01:34:09

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Xiao, The picture is great. The subject is popped out. I like the motion of the background. I like the original details of buidings, signs of your original picture before pumping up the brightness or shadow because I can see hairs and lights on her shoulder more contrast little bit. It is great balance composite and color of street. Thanks for showing   Posted: 11/01/2020 16:48:22

John W Whitt   John W Whitt
Hi, Xiao. Boy, this is a REALLY nice street scene. You have done a GREAT job of exposing the very elegant model and putting her in the context of a street scene. The exposure, focus, and story-telling are all exceptional. The one problem I have with this image is the red sign camera left which draws my eye away from the visual center of interest-the model. You might consider cropping the red sign out or if you do not want to lose the sign, then do a color splash/selective color technique so that the background is B&W and the model is her original color. (See thumbnail). GOOD JOB!!!!   Posted: 11/01/2020 18:40:34
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Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi, Xiao
A very nice model image. AS previously stated there are a few distraction in the background. I like John's suggestion for a color splash/selective color. It seems to eliminate the distractions while really bringing the model to the center of attraction. These changes only when you have a good image to begin with.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:05:20

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Xiao - Somewhat of a departure for you based on your description; I think you did well with it. There is bound to be some distractions when photographing in such an iconic and busy place as Times Square. While everyone has provided good suggestions to minimize distractions, I prefer John's suggestion of selective color. Creating movement also helped in this regard, improved the photograph's appeal and brought me back to the center of focus. The composition is well done and I like the pop the model's yellow dress brings to the image. Overall, nicely done!
  Posted: 11/07/2020 17:21:21


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