by Meg Manion Silliker



I wanted the focus to be on the Martini, but I also wanted to portray a very elegant woman holding the glass.

I loved how you can see her reflection in the window - almost as if she is waiting for someone or something to happen.

I'd love to know a little more about this photograph. Was it planned, or was it one of those spur of the moment things?

If it was spur of the moment, congratulations Meg! You have spotted a scene that is interesting and 'photo-worthy'. And well done for getting the photo taken before anything changed to spoil the scene.

If it was a planned shot, then there's a few things we can learn here.

My first thoughts are to the shooting angle. If we are aiming to portray a wistful look out of the window, then I think a shot from low down
or higher up would improve this shot.

Imagine the photo were taken from a lower angle, we would then not be distracted so much by what is going on outside the window (the grass, the road . . . ). We would only see the sky, with the lady's reflection on the glass – no distractions. I'm particularly distracted by the white line (from outside, I think) going across her face.

If the outside is important to the scene (perhaps she is waiting for her knight in shining armour to appear?) then the photograph would be improved if it were taken from a higher angle.

My preference would be to go for the low angle, and remove the outside distractions.

My second thoughts are to the glass itself – it's a bit smudgy! Especially along the top. It tends to take away a little of the elegance you were aiming for.

Well done for trying something a little different – it's always good to experiment. And as I said at the start; if this was a spur of the moment thing, well done for spotting an opportunity.


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Jan 18, 2008
Response to Ed
by: Anonymous

I so appreciate you taking the time to comment on this photo.

To answer some of your questions I must preface by saying that I did want to take a photograph of this woman holding a martini glass, specifically trying to shoot something to cover the theme "olive" - so of course this photo didn't really work, but I did like it.

It's funny, when you look at your own work, just like proofreading your own written word, you tend to overlook some obvious "mistakes".

I never noticed the white line in front of her face, wow, how could I have missed that!!

I will admit, while shooting this, I didn't notice her reflection until after I downloaded the photos for editing.

So, all in all, I liked the shot but I now see the problems. Thanks so much for pointing them out.

I'll submit some more as I am very interested to hear what you have to say!

Always a pleasure! I look forward to seeing more of your work - Ed.

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