The model's extreme thinness, combined with her pose, lends itself to a sense of the surreal, like a serpent-woman crawling up from the gutter to sun herself under the streetlights. The choice of location and the black-and-white color scheme fit each other very well, juxtaposing the modern quality of the model and her attire with a nineteenth-century type of setting.
And at last, there's the mystery inherent in the photograph's title: Who is 'she'? What is her darkness? She looks faintly troubled to me, like someone recalling a sad memory, or trying hide something from the world. Despite that, the tilt of her shoulders and neck is proud - perhaps wrongfully so.
Love this photo! From the matte reflection of light on the leather to the soft contrasting color of the models skin. The cold hard edges the concrete and stone contribute are so perfectly balanced by the soft curves of the model. For the composition of this photo I find the model to als be perfectly focused upon, allowing the viewer to have no doubt who is the center of this photograph. Using the rule of thirds the models eyes are also 1/3 the way from the top of the photo and her face is right at the intersection of the top third and right third. Bravo! Perfection!
it's an amazing shot: the lamps are blurred, the concrete/pavement sharply illuminated and the model, which seems on the one hand diffused as if she does not belong to the setting, is on the other hand the main attraction! really good and perfectly done.
I see that u r going well with the RZ!!! The blacks are buffered during the scan resulting as dark grey, I use scan them marking the unexposed frame of the negative as the black point and the letters as almost white, this ussually works if your frame is well exposed.
oh yes, i really enjoy working with MF. and shooting film doesn't give me any troubles i anticipated given i always was a pure digital photographer. well, i'm far from being any good at it anyway. still trying all kind of films and scanning processes. this one i scanned with ScanGear, which is fantastically comfortable after VueScan but, as many had predicted, i've lost some details in shadows. and thanks for the technique. i've noticed about the black becoming gray when scanning with VueScan, but i guess it's kind of a feature i tweak the hell out of my images in PS anyway, so i only scan to DNG now.
With vuescan I use to make a single profile for each shot, normally I scan with borders and according the histogram of the preview, I mark the peak in the shadows as the absolute black point (that peak is the black frame) and the white point is normally according the what looks better, I scan several different settings of white point leaving everything neutral using lowest dpi setting and choose the best looking one for the hi-reso scan. Sounds long and boring but it's quite fast and gives the best results as far as I know.
You will loose details in the shadows everytime that you use automatic profiles for scanning, the software is dumb. A friend of mine use to make a slightly different approach, he scans everything very neutral, with no abs blacks nor whites and fine-tunes the file in editing soft, working only on the curves and levels.