Which Photo is Better: A or B?

Alrighty. Regardless of the fact that this A or B series (here, here, and here) has been really interesting for us, helpful, and popular with you (the last such post received over 1000 comments in 24 hours)…

This time it is of even greater interest for us. You see, we’re doing some image editing around here and we’ve stumbled into a little internal debate about which one of these two images is actually better, A or B. [You might remember these shots from the Nikon D7000 campaign...]

Hearing from you will help really help us. No qualifiers, don’t worry about our objectives, or the “assignment”. We want to know which one of these shots you like better. And please tell us in the comments below, not via twitter. Raw preference. Period. If you can add some “why”, that would be nice too. Full 600 pixel wide images after the jump. Hit ‘continue reading’ below [and btw, I've got a $1 gentlemen's bet riding with Erik about which one will win, so don't let me down!]…

After you all weigh in, I’ll tell you which one I like, which one I thought you’d like, and why.

This is image A, below:

This is image B, below:

So which photo is better? A or B?

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1,238 Responses to Which Photo is Better: A or B?

  1. Georg Aamodt February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    B ;)

    • Anonymous February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

      I like the color in A, but there is nothing natural about the position.

    • manoj bharti February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

      {a} its more engaging then b.

      • Mellina February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

        A, because there’s so many conflicting ideas depicted; the environment, beauty, individuality, space, freedom…B is all about the girl.

        • Josh February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am #

          B because its all about the girl

    • seanc February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      B.

      It says ‘go ahead and watch those turbines, boys. I am out of here.’

      A. looks forced

      • spaceman spiff February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #

        in A, she’s just standing there.
        in B, she’s in a photo.

      • Tom Weishaar August 4, 2011 at 10:36 am #

        I believe B is more engaging. It has motion where A is static. B begs you to figure out what just happened. Did the boys give up expecting someone to stop by with gas for the van. Has the woman decided she’s had enough of these idiots and is brave enough or pissed off enough to just walk away. Is she the hero?

    • D. Travis North February 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      B is the best. Aside from the model’s pose (which many have commented about), I think B features a better composition and certainly a more preferred lighting. The lighting in ‘B’ has more natural lighting (in appearance) and evokes more emotion and gets you to focus more on the subject. In ‘A’, it’s clearly unnatural light which is distracting, and the shadows are much too hard.

      • Scott February 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

        B, A looks too fake and strange

      • David February 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

        I prefer B. It seems more candid. A seems forced. I also prefer the composition of B. The model’s legs, while nice, do not add anything to the photo in A

    • PJ February 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

      I vote for B

    • joeyg_ February 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

      B is definately better simply because it has a sense of movement to it and i feel like something is actually going on whereas A she is just standing there

    • Rusty Tripod February 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      B is much more engaging. She seems to static and disconnected from the rest in A.

    • Eivind Sunberg February 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

      In my opinion the best image is A. It is the best picture because it has far more components to it.
      The B picture is much more clean with less details, it dosent have that: “Okay someone has done something special here” to it. Therefor A has that X factor to it and i like it! :D

    • Broech February 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

      B!! Looks like the viewer is part of the story. I also like the colour of the van in contrast to the white sand and sky. The pose of the girl is natuaral and much better then the pose in pic A

    • gabrielle charette February 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

      I prefer B. The image is brighter-more colorful-the subject(lindsey is naturally part of the photo)-the composition is better-my eye moves around. I like the blown-out background, pushes the image forward. Blue on the van pops in the background. Overall a better image.

    • Glenn February 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      Neither one is great but B is less worse than A.

    • steph February 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      B. the composition in A is messed up and B tells more of a story, also the light is prettier.

    • Velarian February 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

      B for its simplicity. Speaks more volume. B seems amateur like and generic where every tom dick and harry with a camera can have shot like it.

      • Velarian February 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

        I meant ‘A’ seems amateur like and generic where every tom dick and harry with a camera can have shots like it. B is engaged in the photo. Definitely B.

    • juno February 16, 2011 at 12:02 am #

      B is subtle

    • Anonymous February 16, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      b.

    • Ann February 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      A. Love the color!

  2. Danny B. February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    B

  3. taskans February 15, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    B

  4. Jun Belen February 15, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    B

  5. James O. February 15, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    B

  6. Trey Connally February 15, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Hand down B

  7. Olivier February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B. A lot more dynamic to my taste (don’t care for her body position in A).

  8. Phil February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Definately B

  9. Stuart February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B :)

  10. Josh Haygood February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    A it has more intrigue in my opinion.

  11. Heather February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B :)

  12. Julian February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B

  13. Ryan Lee February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B

    • Jarusha February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      B!!!

      • Anonymous February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

        Without a doubt B is the better photograph.

  14. twoeightnine February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    In the cropped photos A. In the full photos B.

  15. Antonio February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B

  16. Jerry February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B

  17. tascha February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B
    A is to heavy on the left side

  18. Mike February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B. I notice the girl first in A, but then the background gets cluttered with all the wind turbines and it’s difficult to see the van. In B, I see the van first, but then it’s easier to move to the girl.

  19. Rafael K February 15, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    B

  20. Kris Arruda February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B. The model looks better and the light is more natural. The way i personally like it.

  21. Richerd Reynolds February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B

  22. Rich February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B

  23. Alex Marino February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B -

  24. Maximilian Fischer February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B

  25. Toby February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    A feels ever-so claustrophobic – ‘B’ is much more ‘Airy’…

    …are we supposed to give reasons?! No-one else seems to have!

    ;) x

    • Nina February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am #

      I agree with you Toby, but I also like to wonder if I just like B more, because it has more of a positive emotional feeling, than A? Hm…I say that both photos have impact…it’s just which impact are you trying to achieve.

      :)

  26. memekode February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    “B” without a doubt!

  27. Sara Berntsen February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B!

  28. Shirin February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    A !!

  29. Chris February 15, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    B’s more balanced for me. Although I personally would like to see A’s lighting on B’s composition. :)

    • Julie February 16, 2011 at 5:53 am #

      I agree I prefer A lighting, but B composition. In B the blacks don’t have enough detail for me. I also don’t like her feet cut off in A.

  30. CJ February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  31. Arjan Bruinstroop February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B!!

  32. @sumardi February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  33. Levi Bethune February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

    Reason: it doesn’t look too produced, seems like a natural moment, and the guys in the van don’t get lost in the shadows. The feel is less menacing and overall it’s a warmer and more attractive image. It makes me feel like she is a real person, and not a model.

  34. Adam February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    A has potential. The background and everything is beautiful/intriguing. But I’d vote for B right now.

    The reason I don’t like A is mostly model’s stance, and framing. The model looks like shes getting a mugshot done in A whereas in B she has swagger and it’s telling more of a concise story. A also is very centered and sort of bleh.

  35. Roger February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  36. Thomas February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  37. Lindy Leigh February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  38. Adam Jacob February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    A!

  39. larry reeves February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B has my vote!

  40. Jeremy Cornwell February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  41. Jarmo Katila February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B

  42. Clark Barron February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Even though it’s a bit blown out for my taste, the composition alone sets B above the other by leaps and bounds.

    B, for sure.

  43. ajaperu February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    B fo sho. Like everything about it better, pose, colors, composition.

  44. Mark Petko February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    A ….because my guts don’t lie.

  45. smittengreta February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    i agree with whoever said cropped a, full b!! :) ))

  46. Zak February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B, it’s got tons of emotion

  47. Leon February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B it is.

  48. johnwaire February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B

  49. Sebastian February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B

  50. Lenn Long February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I gotta go with B too.
    A looks lit and with editorial / documentary style I tend to keep
    the “lit look” to a minimum.

  51. Ian Harding February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B, because I like the cinematic appearance.

  52. Sophie February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I prefer B. It’s brighter, more pleasing to the eye, good composition. Pic A just looks… I dunno, dark and unfinished in a way. Hard to describe. But B is better.

  53. Mike Conaty February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B – I like the composition better, and there’s no artificial light or shadow. It’s a little overexposed, but the dark clothing of the model in the foreground balances that out.

  54. fdezfuentesguerra February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    b

  55. Sara February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    b

  56. Manuel February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    A is more “instant-style”, but B is more professionale.

    I am for B.

  57. Ben Madison February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Big fan of B :D

  58. Elliott B February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B
    A is too green, hot sun takes eye away from subject and her toe is chopped off. Not to mention the black side of her face does nothing for the shot.

  59. Carol P. February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B :)
    On photo B the composition is well put in a way that photo A isn’t, but I do like the colors and lighting on A better than on B.

  60. David February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B mostly because there is something happening in the photo.

  61. Paris Carter February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B, for sure. A’s lighting seems to deliberate, and I also think the emotion of the female jives better all together with photo B

  62. Matt Mathai February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B by a landslide. A is too cold. B is much more involved with the subject, and the poses of the guys in the background are more visible.

  63. Melissa February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    B by far. Reason? It’s cleaner…you can’t totally see the wind machines, and that might be part of why you need the photo…however, B is more pleasing to me. With photo A, it confuses my mind cuz the shadow is coming from the wrong direction if the sun is behind her. I like the more natural feel of B.

  64. Abhi Inamdar February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B.

    The subject seems to connect with the photographer there.

  65. MatthewKeoni February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B. I like natural looking photos.

  66. Jack Megaw February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    “A” but mostly because of the way she is lit compared to B where the lighting on the face is more flat.

  67. Jesse Cablek February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B.
    I like the attitude it provides as an additional dimension, and the lighting on her face and body.
    I do however, like how A is less blown out in the background, but not enough to like it more.

  68. JSturr February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Only GOD belongs in the center of the frame — so B it is.

  69. Stuart Bailey February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    It’s B for me!

  70. Crystal Lee February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Definitely B. I’m not a fan of the coloring in image A, I definitely prefer the more natural look of image B.

  71. Finn February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B for me

  72. stuart February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B, definitely. I like the blown-out sky, but more importantly I seriously dislike the hard obvious flash shadow in A.

  73. Randy Nicholson February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B, because I like the composition of the van and the balance it gives to the subject. And is that Van for sale?

  74. Kim nehet February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B – I feel more when I look at it! Simple as that.

    • Kim nehet February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      My name came through wrong – Kim Nehrt…

  75. Karen February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B – although both have hip, edgy lighting and post processing, the composition of B is more balanced and you have more of a storytelling element of the guys in the background.

  76. Kristi February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B. It pops and comp is better

  77. John February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    B, it just looks more natural. A would be great without that light in the front.

  78. Emma Godfrey February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    A

    Going against the tide but I think ‘A’ is more interesting, she looks ‘caught in the act’ of something, then the van and the turbines make you think about what she is doing there.

  79. Ryan February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    A

    because it has more attitude

  80. David Teran February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    A

    A close tie between the two, but as a commercial photographer, I’m digging A more.

    I like that you can see the windmills in A, I like her expression more in A, and I love her shadow on the ground.

  81. Greg February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    A, color, and draws attention to woman

  82. Abhi Inamdar February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I already see see picture B at the top with all the comments! :D

  83. Martin February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B ofcourse. She’s better positioned in the photo, the colourshift feels more natural, plus you can see the people in the background better…

  84. Ambre February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B. The lighting on the models face is so much nicer and there is too much distraction in A

  85. Claudia Hung February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I find the model’s face a bit odd in B.
    B seems to fit the Chase Jarvis style more.
    However my end choice is A. It looks more intentional.

  86. Terry February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    I prefer B ;)

  87. Luca February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B ;)

  88. Holly Bain February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B.

  89. Dani February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    A

  90. Iski February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B

  91. natalyn February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B

  92. Ron February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B, a much better pose and better separation from background elements…although I like the lighting of A better.

  93. Drew February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B, but not by much.

  94. Armando February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B!

  95. Johny Cook February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B! Of course!

  96. Sir Nerdalot February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B because it looks less staged, more like a moment in time just caught. Like that the windmills aren’t obvious but reveal themselves subtly creating a strong connection to the natural power of the sun blazing through them.

    If your $1 was on A, I owe you a drink!

  97. Tim McGuire February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    B

  98. Chris February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    A it has more drama, I like the lighting and the processing looks good. B is a bit washed out :)

  99. dDavid February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B
    B looks lie it has a story
    A looks like a lighting demonstration

  100. Mike Evers February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B. More dynamic. Seems like something is going on.

  101. Amanda February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I like the square crop for A but B overall

  102. Ed February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B

  103. Simon February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    A

    • jon - philippines February 15, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      B- natural light is the best

  104. Jasmine E February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B

  105. Scott B. February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    A!

  106. Qathi February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I love this game!

    after careful consideration and implementation of a formal critique process (in my head)

    B

  107. Mark Legge February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B…. first one reminds me of some kinda green energy ‘aren’t we fab and caring’ type poster for a company…. I prefer the story B starts off in my head… the attitude of her strut and the mystery caused by the details disappearing in the white-out… far more intriguing…

  108. Carla February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I’d also have to say B is better. I sense a forward motion…the editing in A takes away the focus from the main subject which I don’t think was intended.

  109. Tim Skipper February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B

    I usually like to pick opposite of everyone else, but in this case B. To me A looks like a test shot, nothing really happening, B is powerful

  110. John Roushkolb February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B.

    Compositionally, I think that each photo tells a different story with the same elements, and I think that neither story is better or worse than the other.

    It’s the lighting that throws A out of whack for me though; the shadow that the model casts due to the flash pulls the eye away from the photo as a whole….

  111. Jamie smith February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I prefer B. Love the color and the background people tell more of a story for me. I have the Nikon D7000 ; )

  112. Andrew Barker February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    A for sure

  113. Fabricio February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    B (all the way at first instant glance)

  114. Geekgirly February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I actually prefer B. I think it is because the position of the model is interesting and unexpected. Also, it might just be personal preference but the contrast between the high key of the sky and the darkness of the model is visually appealing. :)

  115. lukken February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B…..

    why.. for me it all come down to the models position in A also not a fan of the arms and hands.

  116. Jordan February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    A!

  117. Alex D. February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B. Great colors, and contrast. There is emotion in her face and disposition, that a whole story could be written about.

  118. Carolyn February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I like B better. Obviously these are personal opinions, but I feel the background of A is more distracting.
    I like the subject’s pose better in B, as it makes me wonder what’s on her mind. A feels a little awkward.
    And I also like the color pop of the blue van in the background of B in comparison to the rest of the image.
    Just personal opinions. :)

  119. katt February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    definitely B

  120. Kimberly Myers-Pinkel February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B- the windmills are too distracting in A.

  121. Chris D February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B. Better balanced. Model and van on thirds, blue of van against model. Turbines to prominent in A.

  122. Jack February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Chase,

    Absolutely no question: ‘B’, in my opinion.

    In ‘A’ , I don’t feel I have an opportunity to engage with the subject and scenario. I don’t care enough to keep looking…

    …it feels like just another fashion shot, too literal and documentative.

    ‘B’, on the other hand, I’m immediately intrigued. Why’s she walking away, why aren’t the guys even seeing her off, what’s happened here…?

    More pleasing feel about the image too, less jarring composition, more audience involvement…

    Jack

  123. Orbie Pullen February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B- The subject is closer so your more engaged with her also how her body is positioned is more appealing than strait towards the camera(image A). Also the subject is not in the middle of the frame making it a more interesting composition. Also you can see the people in the background more making the image more interesting. All these factors make it a more interesting composition to the viewer than image A.

  124. Mailys February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B

  125. Brent H February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B. Why? More interesting. I think the contrast between the blown out sky and the model in the foreground sets her off a bit more and creates more balance than A; my eye goes right to her then to guys hanging out in the van – much more detail there too – more detail overall in B, except the sky, but I can live with a blown out sky because I don’t think it’s that important to this photo. In A I’m drawn right to the highlight on her pants and there doesn’t seem to be a feeling of balance and I’m not liking that long shadow and lack of detail, especially in her face. Hope you win….

  126. Chris Mast February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B.

    I think A feels very combative. Like the overall feel of B better.

  127. Andy February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B fo sho. Mainly for me it’s the lighting. The sun is clearly visible on the left in A, yet she is lit hard from the opposite side. It just isn’t working for me. I also like the windmills better in B. They’re there, but in A their pattern is distracting me from the girl. Her toes have also been amputated in A :)

  128. Tom February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    they both suck…what is this crap Jarvis? :-) B… if A had more fill I’d pick it.

  129. Mark Gregory February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B
    I like the pose better and it seems to tell more of a story. It makes me want to know more about the subjects in the photo.

  130. Jason February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Cropped: A
    Full: B

  131. natalia February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    B… it leaves me wondering why she looks cheezed off as she walks away.
    :)

  132. Colin Mason February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Photo B, definitely. Since there’s not as much background detail, the subject jumps out of the frame more. Plus the colors are much sharper, more distinct.

  133. Lewis February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    B, it’s more balanced and the tones aren’t as harsh.

  134. Rune T February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    A is best

  135. yasser February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I LIKE ( B )

  136. swinghammer February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    my pick is B.

  137. Tmconn February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Both shots look great, but I am favoring “B”. When looking at the photo, I see a story, not to sure what that story may be, but it draws me in… I want to know more about what’s going on.

  138. Robert D. Jones February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I prefer B

  139. Lindsi February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I live B better. I love the lighting and the overall feel of it.

  140. Andy February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    B

    B tells me a story… or at least leaves my mind to make one up. It looks intentional and has purpose.

    A just looks to much like a light check. She is just kinda standing there all slouchy and the shot does not look intentional, just accidental.

  141. Shane Srogi February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    B. Because it tells a story.

  142. Bryan McCarty February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Gotta go with B!!!!

  143. Mark February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    B, Because in A the toes are cut off almost “accidentally” and in B the cut must have been on purpose.

    The big black blotch in her face in A is not all that flattering.

    B because composition and framing is evident even though she is looking out of the frame instead of in (Rules need to be broken right?)

    B is also more balanced; the fulcrum is intuitively there and more aesthetically pleasing.

    Last and not least: it’s more your style ;-)

  144. Brady Moore February 15, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    B, all day.

  145. Rob King February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I have to vote A.
    A just pulls you in more, with the Key shifting in the light and the bold use of colour(i am Canadian that is the real way of spelling color). I also like the fact that you don’t loose any of the wind turbines in the background due to the highlights being blown out as in picture b. Seeing that background so clearly allows you to set up some context for the image instead of trying to figure out if it is really a wind turbine she is standing in front of.
    They are both great shots but b seems a bit to plain for my liking.

  146. Bryce Chapman February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    B I see much more of a story in B!
    A…not so much…i see…just……an image

  147. Sara Mac February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    B, because it is more storytelling. I am a bigger fan of strobe though, so it’s a tough call :)

  148. vatren February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    B

  149. george February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    B is better. It has emotion.
    A. has more initial grab, but the pose and lighting are “off”

  150. Eames February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    A

  151. Roberta Fisher February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I like the moody lighting in A but I like the overall capture better in B
    Have to say B

  152. Lorraine February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I like A for ‘interestingness’ ….B is probably more ‘technically’ (maybe)correct but I still like A!

  153. johny February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    B is my pick, although I like the processing of shot A I like the lighting better for shot B it seems more natural on the girls face, the blown out sky also lends to isolating the the girl giving here more of the focus. The girls position in the frame also implies motion to me and seems to set up more of a possible story for this image.

  154. iamedy February 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Picture B

    Better kind of motion and action then in Picture A, in my opinion :)

  155. Oscar Murray February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    A, why is everyone saying B? confuses me..

  156. barbara February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    A
    the lighting and colour is better than in B. The atmosphere is dark and menacing

  157. chris February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    B

  158. Ric February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    A

  159. Lori February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    B, but I guess you already know that by now. Leaves a lot more to the imagination. She is walking away with some attitude and what is she walking away from? Great thought provoking picture.

  160. Lorna Roberts February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    B. It’s less distracting – It feels like its focusing more on the people in the photo than the background. Love the blown out background.

  161. Mateo February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    B. Just because. More balance

  162. Gregor Schwarzacher February 15, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    A because it has this really nice background, where one is really able to see what she is surrounded with… in B you can barely see the background, i dont like that so much

    Cheers Greg

  163. Styrmir Kári February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    B is better…. I miss the windmills though, but the over all light and composition is better in B in my opinion.

  164. DanielKphoto February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Really hard to choose, I like both a lot. I think I’m gonna go for B though :) Very nice shot. I like her pose and the overexposure on the background.

  165. Jeff O February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Photo “B”, I don’t like the cropped toes in “a” so by default “B” wins.

  166. Royce Walston February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Seems like an overabundance of natural light lovers. I am going with “A”, due to the added drama provided by the artificial light, and the increased background presence.

  167. tim February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    B – composition feels better

  168. Julien February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I prefer A. Something more strange, more magical inside.
    B is a little bit more casual to me.

    By the way, both are well done.

  169. Luke V February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    A.. way more edgy.. but it makes sense that 95% of the responders like B better cause the model has a ‘sexier’ pose. i’m curious how much time there was between shots.

  170. Kristal February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    A – its more interesting to me

  171. Chris B February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    B

  172. Neisha February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Definitely B

  173. Ken Todd February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    B, I feel that in A the model doesn’t have a natural stance, she looks stunned and very static.

  174. Robin Flume February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I personally like Image A better.
    I like the atmosphere of it, the sky in image B is too overexposed in my opinion ;-)

  175. Inés February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I wouldn’t choose any of them, but if I have to, then its
    A
    because in B the guys are too distracting, even though I prefer the light and colour in B. Some people say there’s more “story” in B. Story, you say??

  176. Dominik February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    A

  177. Alison White February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Personally overall I prefer B.
    A makes the woman look sort of lonely and outcast and her expression is abit ‘huh, where am I’ whilest in B she looks strong and independant.

  178. Adrian February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    B… is the one that I prefer, is more dynamic and has more story to tell, seems like the girl is going for some reason and guys behind are ignoring this. I don’t prefer A because seems too artificial something like guys are looking somewhere and the girl has coming there in fron a stopped for taking a photo :)

    Cheers
    Adrian

  179. Misa Garcia February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Definitely B = Composition works even though it’s overexposed.

    You color corrected A to try and trick us!

  180. Jeff Harper February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I like A better, better separation via better front and back lighting of the subject, shadow on face creates mystery and mood, and B has too many well lit artifacts (van and inattentive guys) that draw away from subject.

  181. Lars February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    A!!! It tells a story and it catches me.

    i don´t like the blown out parts of B

  182. Ian Rook February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I have no doubt that it is image A.
    Whilst I am struggling to quantify exactly what it was I felt, image A gave me an immediate emotional response that I just don’t get with image B.
    The contrast, lighting and crop and definitely a key part of A’s raw power.

  183. Suzanne February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    B!

  184. Leo February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    -A-
    I like the composition better in B but A is much more dramatic and holds more detail in the highlights. If it were up to me, I’d crop A down to similar a composition as B (maybe cut the models legs out), and that would have my vote.

  185. Russell Hay February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    B though I like the color aesthetic of A better than B.

    I like B more for a number of reasons:

    1) B has a story. She is leaving the group in the background, this is more intriguing.
    2) A feels awkward wrt to the woman. She’s just standing, in a fairly unflattering pose.
    3) B provides more details as less is lost in shadow (i.e. the group in the background is more identifiable.
    4) The lighting in A doesn’t really “flow” to me. It’s too artificial, making me wonder why because it doesn’t look like it’s coming from a street light or any “normal” light source.

  186. Nomed February 15, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    B.

    I like the mood of A, but the shadow on the ground spoils the artificial nature of the lighting.

  187. Alex February 15, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I like the color of

    A

    but the composition of

    B

  188. MC February 15, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    B. I prefer the composition in that one

  189. Lesley Persyn February 15, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    B

  190. Ivan C. February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Image B. Overexposure has its merits too.

  191. Kathryn L February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    B!

  192. Kari February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I love B

    :)

  193. Alex B February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Colors are best in pic A, but everything else is best in B….

  194. Greg February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I like A better, the sky is a bit over-exposed in B. The model stands out better in A

  195. Gobi February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Most definetly B. The lighting in the background, the composition with the model to the right, the pose and the interesting van and subjects are what make this image more exciting. The lighting appears to be natural lighting which helps the bg light bleed in where the other seems a tad lifeless in comparison. :)

  196. John February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    B. It feels more coherent.
    A. Lighting and pose make it feel disjoint and more of a pictures for the sake of a picture.

  197. Lee February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Photo B

    The colourings of the van look cool plus the chick looks well hot ;0)

  198. Chris Bowers February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    B.

    The thought process behind A is nice, crank the F stop & blast the strobe. However that image does not work. The guys have no detail, there is no real composition, her feet are cut off, her shadow is nasty, and she is staring directly into the camera almost dazed.

    In B she is framed gorgeously, the colors and tone all match the theme. She is walking away sort of angry, but it is clear she is leaving the guys. If this was a multi shot picture I would expect to see the van explode next. She is obviously over the guys for what ever reason. B speaks to me, A is blah.

    Nice work & great model Lindsey.
    Chris-

  199. Tim Colston February 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I am gonna go with. The sky isn’t blown out. Attention is brought to what would appear to be the main focus of the shot. She (the largest model) seems to be the only thing lit. My eye searches her for more information first.

    • Tim Colston February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      As you can tell from my description, I meant A.

  200. stevePeterson February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    A, tells more of story in the details surrounding the subject. but like the pose better in B. overall A wins.

  201. Henrik February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Picture B! But picture A is great if crop it around the model.

  202. Jeffrey Remick February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    “A” has my vote; more depth, feels warmer, tells more of a story in the background. Only thing I dislike is her harsh shadow.

  203. Quin February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Definitely B! if i were driving down the road i’d prob pass by for image A. but for image B i’d definitely stop and ask here if their van was ok and if she needed a ride!!!!

  204. Jason Wall February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B!

  205. Dave February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I prefer B – although A is more dramatic to me, I like the composition of B and I find the shadow on the ground in A distracting. Also, B adds the people in the van as part of the composition, whereas in A I feel like they’re just in the way since they’re partially blocked.

  206. Simon February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B..

    It has better composition and overall look.

    A would look better if the van had a lick of flash and same composition as B.

  207. Dan O February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B!

  208. Mark February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B – it brings more attention to the main subject.

  209. Chip Litherland February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B, by far. Love the warm tones better separation from van/kids & the crop of torso is more natural.

    Chip

  210. Blair February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B

  211. Joshua Lawton February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Easily B. The body language in A seems uncomfortable, B is more natural. And with the background blown in B, she pops more.

  212. JoyceDZ February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B… It is more intriguing seeing the guys not looking at her…

  213. Martin Mestre February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    A. Iike the color better

  214. Neil Hanawalt February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    B.

    Looks more natural, A looks Awkward.

  215. Danielle m February 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I like b better. The dramatic lighting and way she is holding her hands in a isn’t as nice to me. Although I would’ve liked her a couple feet back to get the van framed a little closer to her while not cutting off her hands

  216. Jon February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B. (A seems too contrasty to me)

  217. Jeremy February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B! Her pose in A makes her look unsure of what she is suppose to be doing.

  218. Gary Simmons February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B

    I find B puts the focus on the model, with lots of context. A puts the focus on everything, with the model being just one of the elements.

    Lots of feedback on this… Seems that people like the idea!

  219. Allen February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B – less visually cluttered.

  220. Shawn Moreton February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    definitely ‘B’. though the sky is washed out, I don’t think it matters. Also the composition is much nicer. ‘A’ seems to cluttered visually.

  221. Philipp Ulrich February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B, because of better lightning.

  222. Pictorious February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B, nicer composition. The colors in A are more interesting though.

  223. Ramit Batra February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B for sure.
    Its got a lot going in it!
    *Loved it :)

  224. Steve February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B – tells a better story

  225. Christian February 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    B Better contrast

  226. Filip Romeling February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I like picture B better, it feels more relaxed and balanced. Like if the photographer wasn’t there.

  227. andrew livelsberger February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B. I don’t like A because the two light sources are fighting each other and there is no light source “origin” for the light on the woman.

  228. Torsten Stolze February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I prefer B… ;-)

  229. Simon Fuller February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I like B because the light background is offset by her dark complexion.

  230. Toby February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B

    Perfect off center pose just grabs me!

  231. Icepick February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B – Although I love the color and context in A, the pose (or lack thereof) is too .. (un-natural?)

  232. Linda February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B. More emphasis on the model and I like that I can see the characters behind her giving more interest to the image, love the “hint” of the wind turbines in the background, but they aren’t competing with the model. I seem to lean towards high-key stuff too, so that may be a factor for me.

  233. Brianne February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I like the photo-journalistic nature of ‘A’, but ‘B’ seems more of a fashion shot where you focus on the model first. Personally I like ‘A’ but I guess it depends on how you use the image.

  234. Briuflash February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B for sure…love it

  235. camcorp February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B, better composition

  236. carlos February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B – I only wish the wind turbines were a bit more visible, but overall the image is less muddy, the crop on the model is better and is more about the scene and less about “being lit”.

  237. Kathleen J. Smith February 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    B…I dislike the muddiness of the color in photo A & I prefer the borders of photo B.

  238. Sherry Fagan February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    A is better in this instance. It’s got more initial Punch b/c of Lighting and shapes in the back upper right :) !!! Movement & Lighting feels more present here.

    -Sher :)

  239. Will February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    A. I love it. Looks like a one light shot too with great controls on ambient light. B is too obvious, burn out, exposure issues and mainstream but what do I know? I reckon the dollar is on B too which says a a lot unfortunately

  240. Scott Nelson February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    B is much more dynamic. Although you lose some context with background details, there’s just enough to make a story without distracting from the main subject.

  241. Tammy February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    I prefer A because of the color and the background. I can still see the model, but when I am finished with her story, I can still see even more in the background!

  242. Robert Williams February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    I prefer B. I love A but the background seems too beautifully busy and takes me away from the subject. B is my choice! :)

  243. Arlingga February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    not A. because shadow of the girl is opposing the light source (sun) in the background.

  244. tom baker February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    B – no contest. It draws the eye and side by side I kept going back to it. A is OK, but it’s not as strong as B.

  245. Dawn February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    A interesting light and shadows

  246. Capturesque February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    B hands down, unless you’re trying to sell the wind farm.

  247. Nadia Zwierzchowska February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Definitely A.
    The green hue in the background makes for a really interesting contrast with the warmth of the light on the girl. Definitely grabs your eye!

  248. Red DeLaRosa February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    B, I like the composition better and I think it tells a better story.

  249. Alan Matthews February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    A by a long shot – WHY? More dramatic – love the highlight on her face – like the dudes in the van being more silhouetted than how they are in B. B seems more contrived and her body posture looks too typical to me.

  250. Smen February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    B, definitely!

    - Because Lindsey is better aligned in the picture;
    - Because the background of B is more supplementary than distracting as it is in A;
    - Because artificial light objects combined with dark backgrounds is soooo 2009;
    - Because there’s movement in B making it natural, instead of the ‘posed’ A;
    - Since there’s no visible distortion in B (instead of the scewed car in A);
    - Because the colours in B work…
    - And also B because Lindsey is a little bit closer to me, ehhr, the viewer!

  251. Rory February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    B
    it looks more candid

  252. bea February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I like “B” better.
    The color is nicer in “A”. I like the blue background with the warm yellow light on her, but the harsh shadow on her face is really distracting. It is actually even a little off putting.

  253. Amy Jean February 15, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I like B

  254. Kathleen February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B

  255. Kristian Solli February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B.

    “A” feels too static and staged. “B” is more natural and relaxed to me.

  256. aradilon February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    A Color and lighting are alot cooler, the lighting in B are used so much and are a bit boring.

  257. Meik February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    That’s hard, A has the most atmosphere, but it is a mess, it has a snapshot feeling about it, picture B is clean, nice and has a great composition. I pick B – if picture A had been even more dirty and alive, that would be my winner, but it’s stil to clean…

  258. Doug February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B. There’s a story here… The gesture of her moving out of the frame, the DOF and composition that leads us to the figures in the van. What’s the relationship? Much more engaging than A…

  259. malak_s February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B

  260. Tara Jones February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Definitely B. The lighting is better, the composition is more interesting and the turbines are less distracting. It really makes the photo more about the subject than the surroundings :)

  261. Laura February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Posing on both has no bearing on my decision. I think B because the lighting is a bit too strong on A for my taste. Less subtle for this type of photo….fashion….different story.

  262. Matthew Rakola February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B – More depth to the image. You can manage to see the wind turbines but it doesn’t beat you over the head with it. I also feel like it’s more narrative.

  263. Mikael February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B: Because it has more of a story to it

  264. Rashawn February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B
    It seeks to go well with the enviornment. A Is a little grungy and would appear better in am urban area.

  265. Neil February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I like B.
    A looks too artificial. B has a more natural look and composition.

  266. Gene February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B for sure
    I always want to see your C (the best parts of A + B)

  267. Travis February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B

  268. John P. Dunnigan February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B – like the composition. Female fills the frame, closer to camera position, more dramatic in my eyes.

  269. Jim Denham February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I like B a lot! Love the blown out background and the edge it has. The shadows in A are not to my liking.

  270. JeniB February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B. hands down…..because it makes me feel connected, like I’m there…..

  271. Lindsay February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    B
    The light is killer and her face is beautiful and natural. All around a better photo.

  272. DeAnn February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I vote A. Something about the colors of the teal background and the warm color of her skin works really well visually with the DOF into the distances.

  273. Jason McNamara February 15, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I would say unfair comparison. B is by far the best in terms of editing, compostion, pose, lighting etc. With a different pp A could be good as well.

  274. Robert February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    B

  275. Nicky Jacobs February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    A
    I like the colors and the background better than in B

  276. snoboardp February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    b

  277. Lori February 15, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    B – I like the comp better, I like her pose

    Although I agree with others about the colors in A, the lighting doesn’t look right to me, the comp is boring and I keep looking at that windmill blade that is about to poke her in the neck!

  278. Angel A February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    B I like the lighting better and her position.

  279. Matthew Marquez February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I vote B because there is some movement and the pose looks better. A has great color, though!

  280. Jess February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    B.

    A has too much tension although I like the color. B feels more natural and you still wonder about the story behind it.

  281. Mel February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    B

    More natural lighting, better balance, background has more interest and less clutter.

  282. Jesse Bone February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    B, better composition :)

  283. Malika Demonceau February 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    B, without a doubt .. There’s definitively something more in the pics B. The atmosphere is better. The composition too … so for me B !

  284. tucker joenz February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I choose A…I like the lighting on the girl with the sun setting in the background. Also as mentioned above better feeling of space. B is a great shot though.

  285. Paula Thomas February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    B no question. I just like composition better, facial expression, pose, contrast. I know a lot of people like the color in A but I personally don’t.

  286. David Johnson February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Everyones gonna like A better; color contrast perspective. I think your gonna like B, more story from the subject.
    I like B for the exposure

  287. heaven mcarthur February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    .b. the movement. the energy that pushes from within it out to the viewer. the color. composition. light.

    .yes.

    .b.

  288. Cortney February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I like image B better. It’s more visually appealing. I don’t like the lighting in image A – it makes the image too busy and chaotic and hard to read.

  289. pam February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    B. more dynamic. more presence. A is a bit deer in the headlights.

  290. edd firminger February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I gotta go with B
    A looks a little awkward… the colours are nice and sorta 70′s film but the model looks pushed in there.
    B has a nice story going on… the models relaxed and it has a certain youthful mood i like. I would maybe like the background a little warmer tho… but maybe thats just me :)

    Nice shots

  291. Anonymous February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    B – feet cut in A

  292. Diarmuid Greene February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    B is better

  293. Andrew H February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    B all the way, hands down.

  294. Mark February 15, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    None. I hate amputations. And she has toes amputated on A and fingers on B.

  295. Ryan Sandberg February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    I love the framing and pose on B, but I would love to see the light on A with maybe an additional light on the van. I love dramatic light, but the pose is bland.

  296. Ben February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Strongly B – the green of A is a distraction, the model is confrontationally posed. B shows a story, the whites and oranges contrast nicely, and the guys in the background create visual interest.

    I’m not sure why I’m bothering – no one will read this!

  297. Ant February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    A. I like that you can see more of the location, it also has more of a dusk-like feel to it. Her shadow pointing towards the sun created a little cognitive dissonance though. B is the better portrait though.

  298. Sheryl February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    B, hands down.

  299. Jenny February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    B. Lighting looks way better in B.

  300. Nick G February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    B… The bleached look with the sun coming in from behind her in both photo’s really sets her apart from the “infinite” background behind her.

  301. Bryan February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    B, i think it is the composition

  302. David Timothy Lees February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    It has to be B….. I like the sense of movement.

  303. Abby February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    B

  304. Henrik February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    B, the shadow she casts on the ground is so very unnatural since the sun is behind her…..

  305. Jaime February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    B, more natural and not as distracting as A for some reason.

  306. Eimear February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I like photo A the best.

    Firstly the colder colour of the background helps the warmth of the model stand out and capture your attention, your eye is then drawn to the sun setting to the right and the windmills in the background. then the eye comes back to the guys chilling by the van taking in the beautiful scene in front of them. A well balanced and beautiful photo.

    B focus’ on the van, it stands out more than the model, neither being the main focus of the photo and leaving the observer (me in this case!) uninspired. The beauty of the background landscape to me is also lost in B.

    :)

  307. Pete February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    B is the winner. I think the pose in A is awkward.

  308. Janet Taylor February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    A for color.
    B for everything else: better body position, more dynamic, better lighting, more story-telling….

    If I hav to choose outright– B.

  309. Cristian February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    B

    it could be the B with the colors of the A

  310. Randy Rogers February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Def B
    Lighting is more balanced in the foreground and you get a sense of what’s
    In the background without it being overpowering. IMO

  311. Matthew February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    B.

    A feels unnatural. The spotlight and shadow cast on the girl is very off putting. She’s also unpleasantly lit and seems to have tiny legs as a result of the angle it was shot at.

    B feels a lot more like a snapshot from a road trip, but it really gives the feeling of a genuine adventure. I identify far more with B, and it really grabs my imagination in a way that the static pose and seemingly unnatural lighting of A never will.

    So I say B, because it comes across as a genuine capture of a real moment, rather than a faked memory like in A.

  312. Jeremy Knop February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Chase, I love photo A the best for sure! B is good but I am in love with A. It has a nice retro feel to it and the sky is not so blown out like in B. Whatever you did to get the lighting effect whether it is placement of lights or gels whatever, it just works really well in the communication of this image. I would say image A speaks the language of light eloquently while image B is using slang…

    Thanks for the eye candy!

  313. Todd Ruth February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    B yo!

  314. Nick Mazur February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I’d say B is better. The lighting is much more natural, the background isn’t a subject all it’s own as in A, I like being able to see what’s going on with the people and the van rather than them being a sort of distraction that looks like it should be cropped out, and the woman’s body position as well as her position in the photo looks better to my eyes.

  315. Nicole February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    B

  316. Holly Baumann Photography February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    B… A is too distracting and doesn’t tell as much of a story to me. B talks.

  317. Liam February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    B – Composition much stronger, The contrast between the shadows of the model and the brightness of the sky enhances the colour of the van. B is ls more dynamic and poses more questions – seems to capture a moment

  318. Dan February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    B

  319. Len February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    B. While the model is the center of attention in both, there seems too much going on in A for the viewer to get any sort of message, intended or otherwise. More nitpicky, but I don’t know it the wide angle is used to its best effect in A.

  320. Josh February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    B

  321. Peter Hentges February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I like B because the model seems to have more focus. In A, the background seems to have equal emphasis with the model.

  322. Anthony Perez February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Image A hit me straight away i love the texture, colours and composition the turbines are very clear and add a very unusual almost clinical and modern feel to the photograph i also believe that the lighting used on the subject has created a stronger narrrative as half it is rather harsh on the left of her face creating the notion of a split personality almost. photograph b in my opinion is slightly lack luster and has an overexposed feeling to it although this leaves more focus on the subject there is less texture and i think is nothing in comparison to photograph A. really love this photograph reminds me of the ones you did for the 2007 hasselblad masters slightly and i think that adding a red tint to her hair could make it an even more interesting piece!

  323. Juan carlos silva February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Well I would choose A. the composition, though equally the fans making a photograph horizon and reaching back makes it look a lot more depth, the sun flashing gently on the mountains make a point of focus on them. The shadow of the model emphasizes a more and gives you a space on the photograph belongs only to her … of the rest .. Just a great photo .. PD .. Juan Carlos Silva .. VENEZUELA ..

  324. Kurt February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    b

  325. Corrie February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    B, It makes me want to know the story

  326. scott lloyd February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    B Better comp, colors POP more, more engaged with the entire picture instead of just the girl.

  327. Kris February 15, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    A -> but less shade, on the face

  328. Peuxe February 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    B

  329. Niklas W February 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    B

    Don’t like A att all :)

  330. Tomasz February 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Definately B.

  331. Klaus February 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    B.

    Why: Because it seems more natural than A, especially the light. The light on the ground around her in A, plus her position, doesn’t really do it for me.

  332. Richard Stern February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    B – the shadow on her face in A distorts the shape, and makes her look lopsided. Very unflattering. The blowout in B also brings the van into the picture, in A you might as well remove it, it does nothing.

  333. Geoff February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    My vote is for A. I like how the model is lit, plus you can still make out the lads in the background looking into the sunset behind those wonderful windmills, good stuff… B’s background is blown out – no point in shooting at a windmill farm if you’re after that look… Cheers

  334. Jon Rendell February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    B is the better photo. A will get old and go out of fashion, especially in a world of the ubiquitous Hipstamatics.

  335. J__ February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    B, has more of a story to it, and more pleasing to the eyes… too much production into A, and looks “done” up

  336. AleksD February 15, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    B

    Lighting/Shadows are bothering me a bit in A and while highlights are blown out in B, I still like it. More importantly the image B seems to flow like a captured moment in real time.

  337. Armando February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    B

    a = clutter

    But you are amputating in both images.

  338. David Horton February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    B,
    The whole picture feels more balanced, lighting, foreground, background ect.

  339. Ken February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I love the color and environment in A, but the longer I look at them B just keeps looking better in my eyes.

  340. Mike Folden February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Personally I like B better because it looks more natural but the better photo depends on the message you need it to say. Without knowing the message or direction of the campaign it’s hard to know which is better.

  341. Matthew Brush February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    B – 100%

    A is merely a picture with hardly even 50 words, where B still owns up to a picture is a 1000 words. B has a story and A doesn’t. B evokes an emotion in the viewer, where A just causes you to glimpse and move on. B is dynamic from foreground to background. You can see the whole story. The lighting in A causes a disconnect in the foreground to background.

    And the skin tone in A just doesn’t make the main subject look nearly as flattering as the lighting in B.

  342. Lance February 15, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    B – Much stronger composition and really like the contrast between the blown out sky vs. the brunette hair and the blue of the van.

  343. Kevin February 15, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I love the detail in A. You can see the sun, the van, the windmill and everything has a dusky feeling to it. Im not a fan of the lighting in A. If it weren’t so harsh, it would be an amazing image. B is too washed out. It does have a more glamorous feeling to it, but you cant make anything out in the background. Both have good and bad qualities, but Ill go with

    A

  344. Clayton Racicot February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    B is stronger, clean, nice subject placement, a little DOF, natural feel, elements better support key subject.

    In ‘A’ There is too much going on don’t know what to look at, everything is in focus and the densities are all nearly the same, my eyes are all over the place, the talent is nearly smack dab in the middle of the frame, all the supporting elements are merging with her (Van, Windmill), with no feeling of separation, the road ends at her taking away depth into the frame, and not a fan of the hard light camera left. Looks cheap, no thought went into placement, unless it was intensional to make a bad photo…. was the plan?

  345. Kevin Bautista February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    IMHO A is unappealingly distorted. Legs are short, torso’s elongated, and she got the 5 head going on. ¿Caused by a wide from a eye level vantage point? It has that lens edge stretch thing. forgot what they call it. IMHO B is much better. I might be OC but I wish the right hand wasn’t cropped though. Left hand is funky too. I’m sure you got the shot you needed though.

  346. Max February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    B for me as well. It just feels more natural.

  347. Andrew Lipsett February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    B, She is the subject rather then just the foreground. You can still get the sense of the wind farm and the other people but A is too distracting.

  348. Andrew February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    B. Its a very clean image, but still had depth and enough interesting things going on in the background :)

  349. Kaare February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I like the colours and exposure values in A and it caught my eye faster than the other as a result…but I feel that B’s composition has better story-telling value and therefore more longevity as an image.

    S***, this is a hard call. I think that I like A better because the colours are what drew me in so much in the first place. Yep…A.

  350. Bob Ewing February 15, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    B, no contest.

  351. Anonymous February 15, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    B. Looks less awkward.

  352. Violet February 15, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    A

    It’s not because everyone is saying B… it’s not because in B the subject is the first thing you look to, it’s because of the composition.
    Sure, in B, the background is less distracting and you get more of the subject…
    but with the depth of the color, the spot lighting, the background, you get an overall “feeling” with A. There is definitely more to A than there is to B…

  353. iwan suminar February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    b, looks more natural, better emosion.

  354. Andy February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    If it was video, I’d like the look of A more.

    For the photo, however, I’m going with B.

  355. Juan Pablo González February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    B for me.

  356. Ahmed Roberson February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    B!!

    “A” has decent coloring, but the pose and composition do nothing for me. I tend to lose the people, and immediately focus on the girl, and fans.

    In “B”, I like the composition Much better, and off-center photos often seem to have a certain Impact….at least for me.

    Although the attention is on the girl in “A”, it’s on her, as well as the rest of the photo in “B”.

  357. ken February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    B…more of a lifestyle shot w/ more focus on the girl.

    A seems like a confused mess…girl’s pose is blah, lighting is a spotlight that doesn’t seem to belong, you end up looking at the guys in the van, then at the windfarm. There’s just no cohesive message…what was the image for? what is it supposed to make the reader think? guy who’s messing w/ lights and took a photo of his girl in front of dumpy minivan and wind turbines after Skynet nukes the planet? :-)

  358. Drew February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    A. I enjoy the intensity and the lower light detail captured.
    B. Yes, B is all about the girl but we loose so many great lower end details…

    Over all I’m conflicted but my knee jerk reaction was A.
    So A. it is.

  359. Stefan February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    B…as an image, I find more complete whereas A isn’t complete, like the final image hasn’t been captured yet.

  360. James Dyas Davidson February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    B

  361. Greg Beams February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    A is better (for me) because the picture has more visual interest. Her pose is a little awkward and combined with the dramatic lighting it is more engaging. It draws me into the picture and makes me wonder what she is doing, why she is there, etc. B looks more like a fashion shot (to me) and it doesn’t hold my interest.

  362. Ian Hamilton February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    B – there’s a story in it.

  363. Victor Eleuterio February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    A definetly.

  364. Jonathan February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    B all the way, I love how the hair is completely in contrast with the background and the focus on the girl is more explicit.
    From A what I really liked were the windmills, they give an amazing mood to the picture in my opinion.

  365. aseel February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    B – it tells a story.

  366. Robert Alamond February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I Like “b”, I find the windmills are distracting and divide my intention from the “subject”.

  367. Dave D February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    A – makes it look more dimensional

  368. Uschi February 15, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    B – it focuses more on the girl, A has too many distracting items in the image.

  369. Nik February 15, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    B
    I don’t like how A has the feet a bit cut off (for some reason it feels to me to be an “in-between” look, always has), and also that there is an obvious strong flash being used opposite the sun. While the flash allows for more detail and colour in the sky, I like how B is just more natural looking as far as pictures go. I also like the composition of B more.

  370. Johanna B February 15, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    B. It’s all warm & fuzzy feeling. A is kinda cold.

  371. MJ February 15, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    B:) When comparing the 2, in A my curiosity goes to the background of what is going on with the van,who’s in it?! A does not give me what my curiosity is wanting. B I LOVE because I can see what A was not giving me and the color of the van pops which I love, and guys are now in my view and it just pulls the shot together for me, giving me that fab summer feel..HOT!

  372. Tim February 15, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    While I usually like darker and more colorful images, I have to go with B for this one. B seems to tell more of a story than than A. A just seems to be a model posing for a picture, more so than B.

  373. Thomas Frank February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    My wife and I like “A” for the dramatic effect, we are opposite of most and like the windmills and the van being visible, but not the a focal point. Not stoked on her body position I wish it was more like B, but none the less still going with A

  374. Jason Law February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I find it really interesting the concept of selecting what image one preferrs WITHOUT A CONTEXT!!!.. Personally give me 100 images and i’ll prob find 100 images with things I like about them.. but to select the BEST i need to know more information.

    I think it kinda outlines the world of photography at the moment, where a story and an image arent related. People make snap judgements these days, within a split second our decisions are made for us based on their perspective without considering other angles to truly achieve the purpose of their work.

    Sooooo Chase.. can you give us a little insight into what you are using this image for? whose the client? What is the purpose of the shoot? etc..

    Peace
    Jason

  375. Katrin Bretscher February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    I prefer B since I don’t like the light on A’s legs (way too bright)

  376. Kirsten Kowalski February 15, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    B. While the colors in A are cool, I’m not a big fan of the artificial lighting and big shadow cast behind her. Plus the composition and posing is better in B. A looks like it was a “hey, stand there while I test this lighting” shot. Still, they both rock.

  377. Sudi February 15, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    A

    Because of the mood and the windmills.

  378. Kerry February 15, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    B, because it has more of a story and movement. A has more dynamic lighting, but it’s too static. The girl feels like an accessory in the photo. With B, you get a sense of moment, a hint of dialogue about what’s going on. There’s a little more tension with the addition of people in the background and the fact she’s walking away from them. B sucks me in longer because I want to know the rest of the story.

  379. Sharon February 15, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    A. I like the background, the shadow from the model and the colour more. I don’t love the model’s position, but it doesn’t ruin it for me. I’m just a sucker for the one light source in A. The lighting in B is uninteresting.

  380. Ami February 15, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Prefer B for me, A has a cool-looking color cast but the tip of the feet being cut off just distracts me. B, though safer, feels nicer and warmer.

  381. Aren February 15, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    B

  382. tobiah tayo February 15, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    B without a doubt. sometimes natural light is just best

  383. Paul C February 15, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    B, mostly because the extremely dark left side of the subjects face in A makes me think of the Terminator movies for some reason. Also, that van is rad.

  384. Ange February 15, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    B -balance, attitude, impact, story

  385. Sam February 15, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I’m going with B – just has a better ‘feel’ to it. Can’t put it any clearer than that – sorry.

  386. Merrian Lucando February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    I like the background lighting in A but prefer B only b/c of model’s natural pose and position in frame. I would like to combine the background in A photoshop with B’s model.

  387. Nonie Brown-John February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    B the lighting looks better! A the sunlight source is coming into her face from the wrong direction looks funny!!

  388. Marco Di Gianvito February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    B, for composition and light

  389. Darrell Alonzi February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    B. Hands down.

  390. dave February 15, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    A

    I feel awkward about the lady striding away from the dudes but they are looking away from her

  391. nikky February 15, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    .

    A
    it has more depth

    B is flat

    .

  392. RickG February 15, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    B.

  393. Brycye February 15, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I like A better…I think the windmills are great and you lose their effect in B. I do like the woman’s pose and facial expression in B better though….wish they could be combined…

  394. Steven Valk February 15, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    B

  395. Dustin Van Wyck February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    for me it depends on the intention of the image. if i take and play where’s waldo, i pick b. if i am glancing at the image my eyes like a. it is a toss up. like a salad.

  396. Fletcher February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    A it has a bit of mystery to it

  397. Ryan February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    B. It looks more natural, has a cleaner feel and is focused better on the model.

  398. Justin Sperry February 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    B – I think there is more emotion conveyed than in A. She’s basically saying, “F You” to the guys in the van and striking out on her own.

  399. Tara Taylor February 15, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    B

  400. Mark February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    “B” Less is more.

  401. dean February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    neither, there is stuff coming out of her head and it just has no purpose as an image. I would have liked to se move of the van and the wind field. The van from this view point is just one of too many things drawing you eye away. Maybe put the van more in the wind field and more sideways, get the sun through the van window? I don’t know. I just think the shot was missed, good or bad that’s my feedback.

  402. Griffin Lotz February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    B and this is why I think so…
    – Lighting is super diffuse, doesn’t look as artificial
    -pose is more natural
    -van pops more, and adds interest as opposed to distracting from the primary model
    -the guys in the van are not covered
    -composition leads the eye back into the image, but constantly back and forth between the main model
    – blown out sky provides good backdrop

  403. Mattesh February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    B because of light and composition.

  404. Daniel Yee February 15, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    B.

    For A – The lighting seems contrived. With the sun behind her, the spotlight looks well…like a spotlight in the middle of nowhere. The colors are more intense and I like that edginess. It has this apocalyptic-Sarah O’Conner-type feel. Maybe if the light was at a shallower angle to give it the appearance that she’s standing in headlights of some SUV/Jeep…

    For B – The lighting is more natural. But it also has a different feel from A – it still retains some edginess, but more subtly.

  405. Chito February 15, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Definitely “B”. The dominance of the woman in the frame augments her swagger. the composition also has some edge into it due to the tone and framing of the elements. “A” is just awkward. The woman seem loopy and lousy and placement does not help the entire composition either.

  406. Keri February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    A for me, something about the colours in it that make me prefer it.

  407. Alvin Toro February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    “B”. Hands down. It just makes me want to look at the girl. “A” makes me want to get’er out of the way.

  408. Becky February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    B: The composition is balanced better and I prefer the even lighting on the subject’s face.

  409. Fredrik Pilo February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    B – Even though I love the colors in a, B tells more of a story and that wins it for me.

  410. Seer Hor February 15, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    My money is on B

  411. Mark February 15, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    B. Plus if text is being added later, there are two great areas just itchin’ for some.

  412. Stephen Allen February 15, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    B-It’s got it. Also, it’s the one an art director/designer could get more creative with, layout wise…I think.

  413. Dave February 15, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    I like B a lot more as it feels more raw and not so staged. It also shows movement and tells a story that intrigues me.

  414. Joe Ercoli - Anvil Image February 15, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Are all these followers fuckin’ kidding me?! Why is B so great? Tonally across her face is better, A needs just a hint of fill on her left side. But B is missing the boat on composition. All of the negative space is behind here and she is looking out of the frame. It’s like she’s looking into a wall.

    I would take B, turn her to camera left and light her like A with more fill on her left.

    A – it is…

  415. Jesus Hidalgo February 15, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Wow, I can see why you guys are having a hard time with these two photos. I really like both but, I’ll try to be a little bit more objective here.
    A) I love the colors, and also love the BG, I love the shots with the sun’s flare in the lens, but the model kind of blends in with the BG, unless this is what you are going for, she does not pop from the image. Unlike some other comments, I do like the pose, it’s very “fashion like” kind of pose.
    B) The BG is definitely less cluttered and therefore the model stands out. Really great color contrast between the model and the BG. It follows the rule of thirds, so I think that’s why more people find it more pleasant to the eye.
    Conclusion: I think that there is not a definite “better” shot. They are both good shots, and should be chosen according to the project and/or goal to be accomplished.

  416. Anthony Harden February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    B all the way.

  417. Antoine February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    B for me. Question of composition…

  418. Marcos February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Lindsey looks good in both! I like B, just has more attitude and i like the more natural skin tone and the blown out highlights in the background.

  419. Evan gearing February 15, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    def B.

  420. Lord Orgl February 15, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    A because of the mood

    B is ordinary, it’s déjà vu

  421. Brent February 15, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    B

  422. Andrew February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    B. not even close. A

  423. Luke Copping February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Ill put my money on B

  424. Ken February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    B.

    A’s pose is unnatural, and the windturbines in the background are distracting.

    B’s more engaging, and better color.

  425. Kate February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    B.
    I don’t like the cut off toes in A.

  426. Andrew February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    I mean B is the winner hands down. (typo in last comment)

  427. Chris February 15, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    B for me too. Feels more organic and less staged. I think the shadow and spotlight feel in A contradict the fact that the sun is setting/rising behind her.

  428. Kiriako February 15, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    B for sure

  429. John February 15, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    B
    Feel way more natural.

  430. Jess February 15, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    B is my preference.

  431. Angue February 15, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Love lighting in A, but overall image feels forced to me…

    B wins

  432. Steve Perks February 15, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    It depends on what message you are wanting to convey, but I prefer B.
    I like the sense of motion of her walking briskly past you, briefly glancing you in the eye as she passes, the blown background which pulls my eye to the opposite contrast woman as the focal point of the image.

    She doesn’t look at all posed in B, there’s a more candid feel.
    I’m not keen on the ‘cut off’ feet in A or the overall exposure of the background, or her shadow on the ground and left side of her face.

    I can see the merits of both, they both break some rules, but rules are there to be broken (if it is a concious decision), and hell there’s no such thing…only guidelines!

    B it is for me!

  433. christian February 15, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    B. cant get past the ackward postion in A.

  434. Andrew February 15, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    A could’a been a contender, had you a much larger softer key light coming from camera right that also hit the boys at the van. the shadow on the ground in A just looks bad. and the light on the model has no relation to the scene. I suppose in another (assignment) context this could work. but B is more classic beauty/adventure feel.

  435. Lulu February 15, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    B because I found it more engaging.

  436. Luke February 15, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    B, because the lighting and pose are more realistic and also the van and other people stand out more.

  437. Scott February 15, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    A – windmills are rad

  438. Brian Williams February 15, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    I like B better.

    I don’t like the lighting at all in A. it’s a really weird shadow on her face and i don’t like the shadow she makes on the ground. i can’t really imagine a light being there on the side of the road that would look like that.

    i also like the composition of B better. The placement and exposure of the van make it more of the photograph.

  439. Sean February 15, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    B

  440. Bruce February 15, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    B wins for me. Its the desert, its stark, and I think B shows that better. A is too blue for me and if others are saying its about the girl, well then it is.

  441. Mike Kelly February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    B.

    A story starts forming in my mind immediately about why this woman is out in the middle of nowhere with the van and men. I didn’t even notice the men or contemplate a story on A until I looked at B, saw the men, then looked at A to see if they were there.

  442. Jack Pope February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    A looks too artificially lit, I like B because its cleaner and more natural

  443. veruschka February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    B – for the composition, the story and the more accurate lighting.
    personally, i’d darken the van a little to give more importance to the girl !

    A – what ? the sun is setting in the back, but the light is also coming from the front !

  444. Chris February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    B, I like the washed out background and the girl seems more natural to me.

  445. Mike W February 15, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    B.
    A seems somehow lacking in dynamism. B looks like it’s going somewhere.

  446. Matt J February 15, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    B, it feels more natural. I like the blown out background.

  447. awag February 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    B – better composition and more visually intriguing.

  448. AlanS February 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    B

  449. Sara Huntley February 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    B – A is too posed/staged

  450. Anouk Timmerman February 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I like the light better in photo B (lighting on face more even, and people in background more obvious) but the crop is just… odd. Who thought cropping through both her hands was a good idea? So – really heard one to make a decision…

  451. Sam Figueroa February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Short answer: I’d go with B.

    Longer answer:
    I find the wind power generators in the background more distracting in A than the people in B.
    Also I find A looks to artificial with that harsh strobe emitted shadow of her legs. And the perspective makes her legs look like toothpick skinny. Just my two cents because you asked Chase.

  452. dustin prickett February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    B, hands down

  453. Dave February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    i think B…

  454. René February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    B :-)

  455. Vee February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    B

  456. MS February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    B.

  457. Nick Nieto February 15, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I don’t know – I guess I lean toward A. There are things I like and dislike about both but i tend to spend more time looking at A then B.

  458. Kristy O February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I think B is a stronger image. The composition is more interesting and the image has more emotion. The placement of the model demands viewer engagement.

  459. Doug February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    B. I like natural light better than strobes and the composition is more interesting.

  460. matabum, MaP blog February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    picture B is way more better than A in my opinion. i really love the colours in B. i always prefer natural light shots more. In the first pic there’s no doubt that you used flash(es). B seems more natural for me even if i know, that there’s lot’s of postprocessing and maybe even some additional lights.

    anyway, i guess that people will prefer picture A…

  461. Camille February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    B for reasons that have all been stated. Compositionally, more depth – interest in the foreground is stronger but there’s something secondary going on in the background. I also prefer the color of the background in A which has also already been noted. I do think the deep shadow on the model’s left side is interesting in A, but don’t like the way she’s standing (same as many others).

  462. Jared Polin February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Honestly neither, If the top one didnt cut of the persons feet it could be that one and if the second didnt cut off the persons hands at their wrists it may have been that one. But cutting off those important features kind of ruins them for me.

  463. puckles February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Tough one actually.

    I like the tone and lighting of A, but your model looks stiff – like really uncomfortable, it feels like a test shot “just stand there a sec” and not a photo. Her toes are chopped off and you loose the guys with the van to the shadows (course, my right monitor is dark, my left is brighter)… barely see them at all. But the windmills, sky and setting sun look great..

    B the model looks way more relaxed, the posing is more natural, but I don’t like that we cropped her right hand, and it makes the left hand look cropped off too instead of just in a pocket. If someone from my team showed me this photo for critique, I’d say “how come we have all that headroom, and we have to loose her fingers?” We see the guys in the van, the poses are great it’s a real “striking out on her own” thing. the blown out look works, it brings everything in the forground out, but I kinda miss the sky and windmills.

    Personally, I like C – Lighting from A, with a kiss of light on the guys in the van and posing from B, but let us see her right hand.

    remember: croputations and amputations are two different things.

  464. christine February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    A, no question.

  465. Optic Bard February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    B is a better photo in my mind. There are a few reasons for this. I like the use of negative space in B. I like the placement of the girl better. There is more color in B so it doesn’t feel as drab, and the final reason is because it feels like a more natural shot. A seems to be trendy, but I don’t see trendy as timeless, you can also tell that it is lighted and that becomes to much of the focus of the photo. Where as B I can tell that there was additional lighting added to the photo as a photographer, it feels more natural.

  466. Samo Trebizan February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Imafe A has that very hard shadow on the face of model that makes a impression of missing part….

    The image B is better on my oppinion!

  467. Steffen Zahn February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    B is better. Subject moves instead of standing, subject is off-center, subject appears to be illuminated naturally instead of articially.

  468. Steve February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    B

  469. Michelle Feeney February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    A. has a Sci-Fi / Terminator type movie feel. B. has a Summer movie feel.
    A. lacks emotion B. has lots of emotion, kindof looks pissed (walking out of frame away from gents)
    although…
    A. is kindof badass B. is bad mood
    A. is focused on the girl B. has a more broad focus on the entire scene

    Initially I thought B but i’ll go with A cause it makes me wonder, what is going to happen next. :)

  470. Jon-Mark February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I prefer B. Better subject separation, prefer the composition, better storytelling with the clearly defined background subjects (guys in the van ) though I do prefer the wind turbines in photo A.

  471. Pete February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    B – Like most others. More separation of the model from the environment, more engaging/closer to the model, more prominence to the guys in the background/better relationship to our main model, there’s a stronger sense of motion, also in A the flash is calling attention to itself and that doesn’t do it for me.

  472. Alexandre Pontes February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    A.

    For me shot B is too focused on the girl, plus I like the light on A. Adds more drama.

  473. Sojian February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    B for the rule of thirds
    A if you are trying to convey isolation/post-apocolyptic themes

  474. tonygreyjr February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    B. The guys in the back are still part of the image, but the girl in front catches your eye. She is also more engaging in B than in A. The over exposure in the background, the people are definitely the objects of attention. Great shot.

  475. Rich Harrington February 15, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I would rather meet the people in A

  476. Nick Smarto February 15, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    A is more indicative of photographic eye for composition and lighting, and the use of the flash and underexposed surrounding is a cool element.

    B is boring.

  477. Ryan February 15, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    B tells more of a story

  478. Jess Peterson February 15, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Both… it all depends on one’s aesthetic preference.
    A. has a moody, eerie, sci-fi-ish look to it.
    B. is more straightforward

  479. illogical42 February 15, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Mmmh, better is a relative concept. After reading Zen & the art of I try to break down WHY I prefer something. First response after seeing the images: B

    Nextup the breakdown

    Pro image A:
    Location: due to highlights in B the location is almost hidden in plain light
    Postprocessing: more popping and interesting colors, where B looks more “natural”

    Pro image B:
    Composition: the model is closer/more cropped, and more “there”
    Model pose: has a stronger, more cocky pose, attracting me more
    Lighting: the shadow of the female model distracts me, in the rising/setting sun

    Undetermined:
    Commercial: A is more interesting where green energy is involved, B has more generic look

    So there’s the reason behind me preference for B: 3B vs 2A vs 1 undetermined

  480. Toni S. February 15, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    I LOVE the coloring in A but B seems to stand out better to me.

    …yep. I go with B.

  481. Juan February 15, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    B

  482. Daryl February 15, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    BBB, way more emotion and just ‘motion’.

  483. Fotograf ślubny February 15, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Certainly B ! (for me)

  484. Abel J. February 15, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Photo A is more appealing because there is more drama and emotion which is given by the lighting.

  485. suman chakravarthy February 15, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    For sure its B. Its got attitude….

  486. Dave February 15, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    B

    Composition trumps all else when evaluating an image and B has a vastly more powerful composition. Image A is pretty flat, but B gives some depth b/c the model is much closer to the camera.

    I like the stark lighting on the model from A but I dislike the post processing.

  487. illogical42 February 15, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    After commenting Im reading the other comments & I agree with puckles: option C :)

  488. doug February 15, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    B has more complete composition. I really dislike the half face lighting of A.

  489. Jørgen Egballe February 15, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    B!

    Love natural light.

    Interesting color effect in A but face and posture unappealing.

    Best regards

    Jørgen

  490. Brett Flashnick February 15, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    B is the solid winner in my opinion. I know this may seem a little 101, but the lack of seperation between foreground,mid,and background (her and the guys in the van, the wind turbine coming out of her shoulder), and the lighting would make this an instant out for me. B just feels more organic, natural and technically solid.

  491. Andrew Millar February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I like them both. I like the cross processed look of A, I like the flash to fill the subject and darken the setting sky but it looks a little boring in compostiion and subject pose. But I absolutley LOVE the second shot. Natural lighting and there was great care taken in composition and getting the eye to run around the image and include the guys in the van. There’s just something amazing with a well placed shot.

  492. cody February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    B absolutely. I really like the color in A though.

  493. Tammy February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    B because:
    1) it tells a better story
    2) I like the composition better
    3) the light/shadows in A look somewhat unnatural and obvious (although I really like the shadow on her face in A)
    4) she has MUCH more attitude in B
    5) I like the contrasts in B; A looks kind of flat on my monitor
    6) the blue in B is vibrant and adds a lot to the shot

  494. Michael Shelley February 15, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I like “B”…it’s just more compositionally pleasing to my eye. It leads me into the frame and I notice all the background elements more. “A” confuses me and I’m not sure where to look.

  495. Dave February 15, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    I’ll go with B. The emotion expressed in her face is priceless. It feels like raw contempt for being out of gas and having to walk out of the desert.

  496. Mark Taylor February 15, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    B – Better composition, better exposure, better look… better everything. And I love images that are usually considered “wrong”, but this one’s easy

  497. Albert L February 15, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Totally B

    B pulls me in with the girl, the composition leads my eye around to see the narrative, which is muddled in A. The color cast in A is yet another distracting element…. all getting muddled.

  498. Bernd Schäffer February 15, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I prefer A. Due to the nice green/blue colors and B is just too much bright parts for my tase.

  499. BaLadiNe February 15, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    A
    More interesting colors, less emphasis on the van

  500. Elis W. Alves February 15, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    B. I think it has better composition and lighting. The eye is not left wandering on the picture. B for sure for me. :c)

  501. Daniel February 15, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I like B. A is a neat picture but B is a cool story. Plus it looks sorta like something out of The Book of Eli… which makes it rock even more.

  502. yockoe February 15, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    B

    Much better balance between subject and background. In A, the eye is lead across the photo with nothing to stop it on the main subject.

  503. calvato February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    …B! the composition is much stronger, though i love the colours of A ;-)

  504. Dejan Hren February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    A has very interesting colors, and I’ve used something like that on one of my pictures also but B has a strong point on the girl which is in a more natural position and because of that my verdict is B. Cheers

  505. laura February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    I want to like A better – love the color, but the light source conflicts with the sun rising behind her

    B also has more connection with the viewer

    so… B

  506. Jason February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    B – the tension between where she’s looking and walking and the guys looking the other way makes it much more dynamic and engaging.

  507. heath February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    B) longer focal length puts less distracting objects in background, compresses the foreground/background, and higher key simplifies the back ground. The subject is isolated from the background more.
    Heath

  508. Matthew Neumann February 15, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    B is better.

    A is so obviously strobe-lit. And sometimes that works, but here…..not so much.

  509. thom crown February 15, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    B. It looks less artificial. A looks stiff and too highly and obviously staged.

  510. Tori February 15, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    LOVE the composition of B. Great perspective too.

  511. Brett Crawford February 15, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    B

  512. Eliano February 15, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    B of Better! :D

  513. Devin Schiro February 15, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    If there’s any way to make Picture B resemble the vibrant colors in picture A, you’d had the best of both worlds. The composition in B is better, but the colors in A are better. Combine the two and you’ve got a damn fine picture.

  514. Ernie Pena February 15, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    While neither would be good enough to put into my portfolio, I’d go with A.

    In B, emphasis is split between Van and girl. What is the point of making the Van visually the same size as the girl?!? Poor composition means I can’t use it in stock or advertising.

    Either photo would have to be cropped, and after that, A would still be a more interesting, useful shot…

  515. Raúl Hernández González February 15, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    B. Although I don’t like the burned sky (and thus missing the windmills), I think the lighting is more natural (the spotlight on the model on A is too obvious for me)

  516. Sonia W. February 15, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Definitely B – much clearer, no background distractions, better composition of the pics. In “B” there is more of the story behind it, girl leaving the wan, it’s her posing which is better than in “A”. In “A” she just stands there, “here I am”, like a piece of wood….

    BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB please…..

  517. Chris February 15, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    A – I think it has more interest than B – it forces you to consider it, while I can just glance at B.

  518. Steven B February 15, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    A.
    Conceptually speaking, I feel more in it.
    However, it kills me to look at her shadow.

  519. Michael Croan February 15, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    I’m going with B… lots of good arguments for A, but to me B is the stronger, clearer narrative.

  520. hobb3 February 15, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    B hands down. Better pose, movement. I do not like the lighting and pose in the first shot.

  521. Shayne February 15, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    B. Hands down. No contest.
    Just curious, why didn’t you just put a poll up on this page?

  522. Joost February 15, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    A could be a fashiony picture while B would be more editorial…

    I much prefer B, A looks like a lighting test. B looks like a spread in Vogue.
    I like the colours in B better, but much more important, the composition and “pose” of the model is much more interesting, as if telling a story.

    Interesting and frustrating at the same time that there’s so much difference in which picture people like best…
    frustrating because you can never really satisfy everyone and be sure you’ve got the job done to satisfy most people in advance…

    Thanks for this blog Chase, looking forward to some more BTS video’s again :)

  523. Trevor Dean Photography February 15, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    A loses my attention. There is nothing that causes my eye to naturally stay in the frame and explore.
    In B I love the dynamic composition, color, and story.

    B

  524. Simon Fuller February 15, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    I like Picture B becasie the light backgound compliments the dark foreground.

  525. Benjamin Haag February 15, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Picture A… like more, becuase of the spot on her, with a Warm colour!

  526. Leoraul Torres February 15, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    B.

  527. Mike Sakasegawa February 15, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I prefer B. The colors and moodiness in A are more immediately eye-catching, but I think the composition in B is cleaner and more balanced. I also prefer how you can see more detail in the van and the men in B, and how the blue in the van pops more.

  528. Tim Nealon February 15, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Photo B is the winner in my eyes. I don’t care for the model’s pose in photo A, she looks very static, like she is posing. In photo B, her pose is much more natural. As a matter of personal taste I don’t care for the color cast in A either..

  529. Andrey February 15, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Chase likes A but thinks most people will prefer B.
    So he put his $1 on B and we have to help him win it :-)

    Now here are why’s:

    - A is unbalanced, has a non-standard composition and hard light. Actually the light makes it almost a b/w image — and Chase likes b/w!

    - B has a more classic composition and is likely to receive a positive reaction from an average viewer. It is also boring.

    Let’s see if I am right…

  530. Aaron February 15, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    A

    If the model wasn’t wearing date-specific clothes (sunglasses), then I’d have chosen B, but she is.

    • BP February 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

      I prefer image B. Image A, although it has good contrast and color saturation, seems posed both with the model, as well as the lighting. The model appears to be standing on spot X turned toward direction Y. With the sun setting in the back, the flash/strobe makes it feel un-natural in image A. B on the other hand feels more natural, less posed, more off the cuff and makes you feel as if you are there in the scene

  531. Brian February 15, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    B.
    Nice exposure and balanced better with subject composition.

  532. S. Allman February 15, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    ‘B’, simply because there’s cinematic drama in the relationship between the girl and the group. However there’s nothing cinematic about the saturation in the van color! ‘A’ doesn’t really establish a relationship between the principle and the background.

  533. Yvonne Zemke February 15, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    B
    A is a pose – B tells a story

  534. Jack Hoying February 15, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    For me, it’d be a combination of the two. The the girl in B and put her in the background of A.

  535. Sean February 15, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    A – because the focus is on the girl, and I think the wind turbines add interest

  536. Garen Johnson February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Even though the comp on B breaks some “rules” (she’s walking out of the frame) It looks like a captured image, not so staged, and as much as I can appreciate the tones in A, the High Key choice in B is too sweet to pass up…Winner=B

  537. Andrew Petersen February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    A.

  538. Trish February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    B

  539. fred February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    la B signe de mouvement…

  540. Hannah February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I like A but B is better in my opinion.. they are both great shots but something about B pulls me in more. :)

  541. Dharmesh February 15, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    A is better IMO :D

  542. Johan February 15, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Definately B with the more natural lighting.

  543. Eric Rudd February 15, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I much prefer “B.” That image is much more flattering to the model, and has much more “vibe” than image “A.” In my opinion, the model in image “A” looks like she just dragged herself out of the back of the fan after an all night binge. Shoulders hunched, stance is awkward. The composition of “A” is weaker as well. Model is more to the center than “B.” Finally, I don’t care much for the use of flash in “A.” In that respect it looks like the test shot.

    The things “B” has going for it:
    Better composition.
    Better pose.
    Better vibe from the girl.
    You can see the guys and includes separation from the girl.
    The natural light suits the image better.
    The horizon lead the viewer the girl’s face!

    There ya go!

  544. Chad February 15, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    B, but you cut off her toes in one, and fingers in the other.

  545. Joe February 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I’m going to have to go with B.

    I love the windmills in A so much though, I wish that they were more visible in B. But I’ll take my preference in composition over my preference in background most every day of the week.

    B seems to tell a story to me. You’ve got the guys hanging out on a ragged old van in the desert, and this really pretty woman walking away from them with this devil-may-care attitude all over her face. Where is she going? Why? It makes me interested in her situation and it makes me care more about the image.

    The first one seems like the back of an album cover for a band. Not that that’s a bad thing. If you know who all these people are and that they’re in a band then they should probably be striking poses with green light covering the ground, it’s fine because you’ve got context there. But in this situation, where there is no context, I prefer B.

    joe

  546. Wilf Feder February 15, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    the 2 images just have different characters. there’s no better/worse. oh well. composition in B is “better” (diagonal), and it feels more natural without the strobe.

  547. Jonathan February 15, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    B.

    Photo A looks too obviously lit with strobes, whereas B has a much more natural feel.

  548. Jason Mark Harris February 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    B

  549. Chucko February 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    probably.

  550. Jason February 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I like B much more than A.

  551. Chucko February 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    depends on your purpose.

  552. michael February 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    B for me. I like the immediacy of the woman in the front of the picture and the guys with the van are more apparent, adding to the interest. I also think the evident flash source from camera left in A is distracting and unnatural given the position of the sun in the image.

  553. Brad February 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    It is very subjective but B is what appeals to me more. I really like the contrast in this shot as compared to A. It definitely puts the focus on the subject and doesn’t make your eyes wander. Plus the van pops much more giving it character. Nice work.

  554. Teresa February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    B

  555. LMonkey February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    B – much better dimensionality.

  556. Gregory February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    B has more narrative qualities and suggests movement and action, thus bringing forth questions making it stronger.

  557. RayPG February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    B!!! It has a better composition and storytelling

  558. Mitchell Joyce February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    B, definitely.

  559. Rich Park February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    if i had to simply choose it’s B. but i wish the turbines could come out a little more like they do in picture A.

  560. Stefano February 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    B

  561. gkalmbach February 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    B without a doubt. It tells a story..
    In the A photo it looks like the just posing.

  562. Mark Bridgwater February 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    B

  563. stevenb February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    B

  564. tonya February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I like B best. Like the contrast, the blown out background separating her from the windmills and the separation between her and the van.

  565. Michael February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    B, but I don´t like the overexposed sky. The pose in A is unnatural, but it has much better colors

  566. André February 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    I like booth pictures.

    In A i like the colors and the information on background. I think it tells the story a little bit better. On the other hand, B has a prettier model and the composition is also better.

    So my favorite pic is B.

  567. Kevin February 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    B…to me it looks like the she’s walking which I find visually interesting, and with the brighter background it’s nice to clearly see the guys in the van, and I also like the turbines barely visible through the blown out sun – they’re still a great background, but draw less attention to themselves than when they were silhouetted. that’s my $.02.

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