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Well exposed ? 

Well focused ?   

Superb DoF ? 


I must be seeing a different picture ..... 


What I see is a pic of the eyelashes on one eye 

which leaps out and grabs excessive attention 

due to compromised focus on every other part 

of the face .... all accompanied by a blown out 

exposure on the hand holding the cigarette that 

is also outa focus despite being featured in the 

title of the shot.   


I don't wanna be hard on the author of the shot. 

For all I know he's barely begun in photo and is 

making great progress. I only wanna be hard on 

those who compliment the flaws in the image.   


YMMV, but if I agreed with any of you, then we'd

all be wrong. The flaws are obvious. The author's 

photo skills are presumably a work-in-progress. 

No problem there. Any problems are in the trite,

unhelpful, misguided critique of the image.  




I spoze now I'm responsible for presenting some 

helpful critique. OK. Use enuf DoF to render your

subject. Forget the extra you paid for a faster lens. 


If you rely on zero DoF to blow away backgrounds 

you will stunt the growth of your skill. DEAL WITH 

the background. Manage it. Everything within the 

frame is your responsibility. Don't duck it, face it.   

Blowing it away at f/1.4 is just ducking it, and has 

messed up your image of the girl. It's no longer a 

girl. It's just one row of eyelashes.   


BTW, the mushy forms seen in the background 

of this shot appear to be an example of a rather 

manageable background. I mean that the visual 

weight and arrangement of the forms seem like it 

would be complimentary to form and outline of 

the subject. IOW you coulda shot at 3.5 or 4.5 and 

rendered the subject better while placing her on a  

very agreeable background [which at 3.5 or 4.5

would still recede and not compete]. 

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