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I will start by saying that I am not a great fan of "Artistic Nude" in nature - usually the subject and background clash, and most observers only look for the nude part, and don't really consider the nature as an equal contributor to the image. Having said that - I have seen some great outdoor nudes - this might be an example where it works for me: [link]
There is something that appeals to our basic instincts (probably more so for men) about naked women in nature - that creates an impact regardless of image quality, which is why my impact rating for this is the highest. Regarding other aspects of the image - I think that too many outdoor nudes rely on our instincts, and don't try to convey anything extra - just a woman, naked, outdoor. In this image, the choice of B&W is another pseudo-artistic move - simply desaturating an image does not make it art. Before desaturating a color image, there are many steps that could be performed to make it a better image - in the same way color filters are used (were used...) with B&W film. I would tweak the blue and green channels, mostly darkening, to get that effect. In this image the model's skin tone blends in with the background. I am also unsure of the total composition - she is large enough to be the main subject, a thought supported by the selective focus, yet not large enough to immediately grab attention - the rock above compete, due to the large area of light gray. In my opinion, the time of day is wrong - should have photographed when the rock are more shaded, using a reflector (of fill flash) to improve lighting on the model, making her stand out being brighter than the rest. Finally - the is a softness on the outside borders of the rock, which really bothers me - it looks unnatural.
Overall, I think that when shooting a "model on a rock" it is advised to think about the roll of each in the theme you wish to convey, and how to portray it best. Than, make sure the image has the compositional elements that focus attention to whatever is essential to the theme.
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September 16, 2011
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3
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Apr 8, 2011, 4:52:07 PM
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