Stills V3

July 1, 2009

Mistitled (05910013)

Filed under: Matt — Matt Alofs @ 12:50

When I posted this on my site, I gave it the relatively placid title of ‘Daydreaming,’ a title not entirely appropriate to the moment pictured.



  1. I’m not normally a fan of vignetting but it seems natural here and if not essential then close to it.

    So what should the title be: ‘breathing deeply to avoid fitting Matt one’? Despite that attempt at jesting, a number of scenarios can be conjured out of this so the title has to be yours and the one you have chosen seems to introduce a slightly jarring note.

    The moment feels completely natural with the hair as it is, the seemingly random choice of where she is sitting and the occasional intruding objects: the latter helping the composition considerably. The DOF works well in its own right but also facilitates the vignetting.

    An impressive shot, whatever the non-daydreaming.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 3, 2009 @ 06:36

  2. The carpet mark I can only guess the feet made moving away from something ‘nasty’ lurking in the dark boxes and towards the much more inviting blank sheets of paper holds this all together. I’ll join John on the impressive shot moniker, another excellent portrait.

    Comment by akikana — July 3, 2009 @ 06:52

  3. John, the vignetting is completely natural to the lens.

    Comment by matt — July 4, 2009 @ 12:19

  4. With the box & book, this suggests taking a break from doing something else. I think this would lose something without them. The vignetting helps make this a more intimate portrait.

    Comment by doonster — July 5, 2009 @ 16:14

  5. I saw the vignetting as a pool of light and thought, that’s well done! :-)

    I think Kate has a contemplative/relaxing look.

    The original title neither added nor detracted from the portrait.

    Comment by Rex — July 5, 2009 @ 16:18

  6. I too saw this as a lighting effect and not a lens one. With the strong diagonal created by the body it looks like two corners are darker than the others.

    The white triangle on the lower edge is important to the naturalness of this. It is the sort of thing I’m always tempted to scoot out of the way – which usually creates an unnatural tidiness.

    Comment by Colin — July 9, 2009 @ 21:31

  7. It’s all good for me. The expression is indescribable, but I feel it — I think a “non-title” title is fine. You are so fortunate to have a model such as Kate — so natural and unselfconscious.

    Comment by Christina — July 10, 2009 @ 03:38

  8. It says taking a break to me, as well. It makes me wonder if there was something in the book that “sent” Kate somewhere for a time. Brings to mind those cases where you start sorting through a box of old books and find yourself getting lost in one of them. There goes your work schedule.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 12, 2009 @ 01:04

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