Eye Contact


bforbes

Link Posted 28/02/2018 - 21:48
'They' talk about eye contact and the subject connecting with the lens, but which one do you prefer.

Both images have had exactly the same treatment in LR

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2


Barrie
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womble

Link Posted 28/02/2018 - 21:54
I prefer the first one whatever "they" say.
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pschlute

Link Posted 28/02/2018 - 22:04
Agreed, first is far better.
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johnriley

Link Posted 28/02/2018 - 22:16
The general point about eye contact is sound, but it is a generalisation. In this instance, the first shot is better IMHO because it adds a certain wistfulness to the portrait. But it is still the eyes that are key to the success of the image, they just don't need to be looking straight at us.
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richandfleur

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 08:31
Agree with all the above. Eyes are too far 'bent' on the 2nd one, so I find that a distraction.

MikeInDevon

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 11:40
Yes No. 1 for me, I find No. 2 a little disturbing, eyes have a very powerful effect!

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Roshni

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 12:15
I would go with the first shot.
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Aitch53

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 12:37
Depends what mood you want. As JohnR said, #1 is wistful, whereas #2 has a slight air of menace. Which one do you want?
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bforbes

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 15:31
Aitch53 wrote:
Depends what mood you want. As JohnR said, #1 is wistful, whereas #2 has a slight air of menace. Which one do you want?

I think I like wistful
Barrie
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 16:09
The first is easily my preference, but it helped by the composition and surroundings. The second shot would work really well with a much tighter crop (take off an inverted "L" shape from the top and right down to the head and in to the hands).

Nice portraits
LennyBloke

AndrewA

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 17:23
I like the first one, the second one doesn't work for me.

Have you thought about a mono conversion for the first one?
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bforbes

Link Posted 01/03/2018 - 20:06
AndrewA wrote:
Have you thought about a mono conversion for the first one?

Not with this one in particular, but when I tried on others I missed that splash of colour from the scarf.
Barrie
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Liney

Link Posted 12/03/2018 - 01:01
I prefer the first as well, but then if I'm taking portraits or general pictures of people I much prefer that they are doing something. People look much more natural if they are doing something, even if it's just chatting to the person behind the camera. Posed portrait shots always appear stilted and posed, and I avoid having anyone look into the lens.
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