Stills V3

July 17, 2009

Opera at the Hat Fair

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 17:54

This lady sang opera without the aid of a PA other than for her backing. She was LOUD but enjoyable. Julius Caesar was a bit miffed as her act overran.



  1. The separation of the singer from the wall gives close to a 3-D feel, which makes one want to touch her skin to see if its real. The composition is very basic but the costume, energy, pose and depiction of the body more than occupy the space. Perhaps the fingernails of her left hand are a mite too close to the edge of the frame: when I finish admiring, my gaze always drops there. It also looks as though somone was creeping into the frame bottom left. But, like the two women in the previous shot, the vitality and performance are projected powerfully.

    I think that I’d be quite happy for Caesar to stay in the wings.

    Comment by John Ellis — July 19, 2009 @ 08:28

  2. Great color here, a lovely balance between vibrant costume and subtle skin tones.

    Like John, I wan’t that extra bit of space between fingernail and frame, but then I follow her arm back up and forget the fingernail.

    Comment by matt — July 20, 2009 @ 11:30

  3. Colorful in every sense of the word, and very real looking color adds to the 3-D feel John mentions.

    I also agree with John about Caesar. Loud opera (if good opera) would be preferred by me as well.

    Comment by Christina — July 22, 2009 @ 15:30

  4. Not much of a hat person…but that seems a nice hat she’s wearing – it actually works with the rest of the outfit rather than overwhelms. The positioning of the singer in this shot does bring you in quite close. Reading the cropping comments I think the tight crop bottom right whether intentioned or not, draws you in even further: the near touching of that arm (through fingers and elbow) to the frame does it. It works well with the extra space in the opposite corner and in no way feels unbalanced.

    Comment by akikana — July 23, 2009 @ 01:23

  5. Colour helps with the sense of drama that she is projecting. Looks like she is really getting into character and enjoying herself at the same time.

    Comment by doonster — July 23, 2009 @ 20:54

  6. I’ll second what John said about the 3D effect. The separation of the figure from the wall is perfect.

    I wonder if the tension in the hands is a necessary part of the singing.

    Comment by Colin — July 27, 2009 @ 08:13

  7. Every time I look at this one I half expect that when I click on the image a sound track will begin. I rather wish her nails weren’t digging into the border, but it would be such an insignicant thing to dwell on when over-all the image is brimming with vitality and tells a story so well.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 28, 2009 @ 03:14

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