Xiao Cai  


Lonely Girl Thinking by Mirror by Xiao Cai

November 2021 - Lonely Girl Thinking by Mirror

About the Image(s)

Now the weather is not good, and it is hard to shoot flowers, so I post my old photo. This photo was shot in 2017 and reprocessed this year. Last time my other mirror image was not received a good response because the reflection and the subject were processed so differently. So now I tried a different way to process. I hope this time is better.

Camera: Nikon D800, Lens 85mm f1.4 exposure: 1/250 sec at f/5.6 ISO 800


This round’s discussion is now closed!
15 comments posted




Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Xiao,
I think you accomplished your goal with your post processing. The image is well balanced. Your posing of your models always creates a mood and I think that is your signature style. Again it works well with this image. Just one point that I would look at is the reflection of the model's legs. It is just a bit distracting. All in all another nice image.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 11/04/2021 10:03:44
Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Gregory, Thank you for your comments!
  Posted: 11/17/2021 10:46:45



Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Hi Xiao,
Well presented image, the models pose works well and the interesting effect of the reflection adds to the image. I agree with Greg that the reflective surface on the Models legs is very distracting. The background in the reflection works well giving a sense of location, perhaps consider toning down the top of the column a minor amount. Well presentedimage, with you idea to use the reflective surface being very creative, thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/07/2021 17:24:01
Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Tom, Thank you for your comments!   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:47:51



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a nice conception. My only comment is that I think the model is a bit too bright and her reflection a bit too dark. This is hard to avoid, since almost any ordinary mirrored surface only reflects about 50% of the incoming light. If you agree, you must adjust each part of the image separately.   Posted: 11/10/2021 20:42:27
Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Stephen, Thank you for your comments! I did purposely darkening the reflection because my main subject is the model, not the reflection, and I don't want the reflection to cause too much attention.   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:51:36
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Ah, I see. Then you planned this very carefully. I would still recommend darkening the overall image very slightly, as I find the primary image of your model a bit too bright. But this is just a matter of individual taste. Well done pose and composition!   Posted: 11/17/2021 12:08:01



Ingrid Lockhart   Ingrid Lockhart
Hi Xiao. The image really drew me in when I first saw it. Initially, I thought it might be two models dressed identically and standing with their elbows touching. an almost acrobatic feat. However, when I read your description confirming that it was a mirror image, I realized what a clever composition it is. I agree that the difference in the luminosity of the figure and the mirror image is a bit distracting and the image might be improved by lightening the mirror image a tad and/or darkening the model, so that they are closer in exposure. I love the concept that you have created and feel that the stark background and the curved edge of the mirror work very well. Overall, I really like this image and congratulate you on coming up with the interesting concept and carrying it out so well. Ingrid   Posted: 11/15/2021 17:30:52
Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Ingrid, Thank you for your comments! I did purposely darkening the reflection because my main subject is the model, not the reflection, and I don't want the reflection to cause too much attention.   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:56:05



Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Xiao - You effectively use models in creatively contemplative poses, which I believe is particularly hard to pull off. Most images such as these require some action to make them interesting . . . that doesn't seem necessary in your compositions. The difference in exposure between the mirror and model doesn't bother me and use of the mirror made the composition more appealing. The mirrored distortion with the model's legs is somewhat of a distraction as mentioned by Greg and Tom. I think the model's attire added to the overall appeal of the photograph. Very nicely executed!   Posted: 11/15/2021 19:55:05
Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Darcy, Thank you for your comments!   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:58:45



Karen Davis   Karen Davis
Hello Xiao,

My initial thought was "I would love to see this in B&W."

It is beautifully shot and posed. I love the mood that you have captured in the model's face a body.

Nicely done!
Karen   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:58:19
Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Karen, Thank you for your comments!   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:59:41



Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Hi Xiao,
Greetings.
Apology for delay critic.
A nice image with an interesting concept of posing with the mirror. The model and model in the mirror are complementing each other. The color of the dress is also added to the image. Loved the composition and your post processing Rock !!!
Thanks for sharing.
Cheers.
Kamal.

  Posted: 11/29/2021 06:10:14



Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Hi Syed, Thank you for your comments!
  Posted: 11/29/2021 12:24:19