Thursday, February 19, 2009

New York Fashion Week: The Models

These two photos were taken minutes apart at the Anna Sui fashion show at Bryant Park yesterday evening. Both photos focused on different aspects of the show based on the camera's shutter speed. The top photo was taken at 1/50 second (higher shutter speed), which was perfect for the model who had a spotlight on her but not so great for the front row audience (low light). The bottom photo was taken at 1/30 second (lower shutter speed), which caused the model to look blurry and overexposed but perfect for the front row audience.

So which photo do you prefer? The focus on the model or the audience?

N.B.: I did another double-photo post a couple months ago using different ISO's.

19 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

I like the blurry model one, she still looks interesting to look at & you get to inspect who is at the show. Nice job Ming.
A funny coincidence, I just took a photo of Anna Sui's shop window in Soho today that I will be posting on Saturday.

Vogon Poet said...

The answer came to me instinctively, but after a bit of sober and careful consideration, I'll take the blurry model too: the faces of the public are much more entertaining.

Peter said...

With this male audience, I must confess that I prefer the focus on the model! :-)

Olivier said...

je suis à 100% d'accord avec Peter ;o))

I am 100% agree with Peter o))

Juergen Kuehn said...

Great shots.
I prefer the second one. It's represents action.

Anonymous said...

The blurry model... I agree with Vogon: "the faces of the public are much more entertaining".

have fun!
M.

Abe Lincoln said...

Don't you love the look of the audience. I do. I saw photos yesterday or the day before where one model slipped and fell and the sight wasn't pretty. These are great photos.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Jilly said...

Hmmmm...thinks...I do see that the second one has such interesting faces in the audience, but as a photograph I think the first one works best where the model is in focus and the audience isn't - really that's what it's about. I looked back at your previous double link and remember it well with the different snow effect. Both fascinating posts, Ming.

Saretta said...

It's not a matter of which I prefer, but what the photo wants to communicate. In the first, it's about the clothes, in the second it's about the social situation. Well, in my opinion anyway!

valeria said...

At first sight i thought I'd prefer the first one, because it looks like a professional fashion photo as we are used to see on magazines. But after a closer observation, I opted for the second one because it SO unusual and even funny: the attention is shifted from the model to the four persons in the front row. Suddenly they seem embarassed, as if they knew they are at the centre of your attention...

The Stiletto Effect said...

I prefer the photo of the audience!
:)

USelaine said...

You spoil us by giving both views, Ming. Seeing them both, I would feel deprived by not having either one. But I confess, I'm curious to see the pink outfit in focus, so I must prefer the traditional view. (but only slightly!)

teahouse said...

I like the one of the audience, definitely! The models look emaciated, surly and have horrible posture! Remember when models were more beautiful than the rest of us?

madeforjoy said...

I like the second one, with the audience in focus. It is surprising and more interesting.

Fredrik said...

They are both great!

Alexa said...

I'm with Fredrik—they are both great. In this instance, though, I think I like the second one mainly because of the faces of the audience.

thwany said...

i <3 du juan

Virginia said...

I'm going with number one this time. Ming, how do you get in these things? I want to go next time!!!
V

Kuanyin Moi said...

I'm fascinated by those who manage to wangle the front row seats...who are these folks and their methods. LOL