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Trying to create tension


BrickExperience
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I hope this link works! But it's the most recent photo on my Instagram account. 

For this shot I really just wanted to create a feeling of tension and suspense.  I tried to accomplish this with the lighting and the position of the 2 figures... one hiding,  and one stalking...

What do you think?

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Four Bricks Tall
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Thanks for being so brave! It's not easy to ask for a critique, especially on a public forum so kudos to you!

I like the concept of the photo. Certainly a dinosaur in the same room is intense!

I think this photo would benefit from some balance though. The photo feels weighted to the left because everything is there: Emmet, the wall and the dinosaur. One of these subjects on the right side would help balance the scene.

There's something also about the perspective that is nagging at me: the wall behind Emmet is skewed and I feel it's a distraction. I would either take more care that these horizontals and verticals line up better or go for a way more angled point of view to increase the tension.

Also, hair travels with the head! LOL! This is one of my pet peeves but when the face is facing one way, the hair should follow! ???? 

The way I think I might approach a scene like this is to shoot it from low. Perhaps Emmet's knees up as he's trying to take up as little space as possible to avoid detection. From this low angle, I would then have the dinosaur's head in view and perhaps his head turned in a different direction from his body, as if he's sniffing the air for signs of prey. That would make it more tense for me since the dinosaur is not just passing through, but searching.

Hope that helps!

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BrickExperience
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Definitely helps! Thank you! I completely see what you mean... I'll keep those things in mind as I try to take more photos like this

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