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Restrained Elegance

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This site features the fetish photography of Hywel Phillips. Here he presents high quality softcore bondage pictures of gorgeous babes tied with rope in glamcore settings.

Primary Niche: BDSM
Secondary Niches: All FetishesNude Photography

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Restrained Elegance Review by Duke Restrained Elegance

Review by Duke

Released Nov 7, '12 , Written Oct 31, '12

Restrained Elegance is a BDSM/fetish photography site that has an exclusive collection of photos and video scenes. The photography angle plays a key role here as the content is artistic, erotic, and glamour style so the focus is on that type of fetish action. The guest tour samples will give you a good feel for the models and type of content that is featured.

The Pros

  Exclusive Stylish Erotic/Glamour Fetish Content.

Restrained Elegance does a very nice job delivering on their stated theme. The photographer Hywel refers to his collection as 'erotic' and 'fine-art' bondage. The models here are sexy and the shoots do have a good deal of style and glamour feel that is right in line with what they tout on the tour. The photography has a professional look and the setting are varied with mostly solo model shoots along with some of two girls together. They utilize all different indoor/outdoor settings, all sorts of clothing and restraints, and a decent number of models in the mix.

  Sharp Picture Quality, Zip Files; HD Level Newer Videos.

Photos here are very clear and come in at 1200x900 for the online images. They have zip files at that level and also many newer sets have HiDef Zips with gigantic photos at around 6480 x 4856. Newer videos have MP4 HD some in 1920x1080 and other 1280x720. Photography sites like this should be offering high-res/high-def options and Restrained Elegance does deliver in that regard.

Other Good Stuff:

  • They have useful bits of data posted including video file sizes, video running time, image sizes, zip file sizes, number of image in each gallery, etc.
  • Site design fits nicely with the content style and they have useful browse tools like a dedicated video section and model index.
  • All scenes are clearly date-stamped with update information. They add content several times per week and the site has been around for years.

The Cons

  Video Formats Vary, Some Scenes Broken into Parts.

The videos section here is decent sized however it does play a secondary role to the photography. Most models don't have a video available. In terms of options the videos do vary. Older vids don't have the HD level and the newer ones do not have the WMV format options which is available on the older scenes. Both the videos and galleries have some shoots that are broken down into multiple parts and added as separate update items.

Minor Negatives:

  • While there is a models index for navigation purposes they don't provide any bio info or physical stats on most of the models.
  • Some content niche breakdown would be have been helpful. This type of browsing is limited to a keyword search tool. The videos section is also one long page without any categorization.
  • The price here is more expensive than most other paysites.

The other
  • Hywel (photographer/webmaster) has a blog which he updates about once per month.
  • Some videos have background music.

Bottom Line

A solid bdsm/fetish collection of photography & videos with an erotic/glamour style.

Restrained Elegance is a long running site that offers up an all exclusive collection of erotic fine-art bondage and fetish content. Surfers who like the samples of content and models on the guest tour are likely to enjoy the member%u2019s area archive although the price is a bit higher than most paysites.

Site Details

About the Content: 
Downloadable exclusive photos & videos of bdsm/fetish content with an erotic & glamour style.

Download Managers: 
Yes, should work.
Channel Max: 8
Able to pause/resume.
Test Software: IDM

Download Speed: 
Download Mgr: 2.5MB/sec.
Browser: 1.0-2.0MB/sec.
(558MB video, 20Mbps cable internet)

Exclusive Info: 
Advertised: Exclusive.
My Opinion: Yes, all original content.

File Sizes (HQ): 
JPG = ~500KB-1.5MB
ZIP = ~50-300MB
MP4 = ~200-500MB
WMV = ~50-100MB
Real = ~50-100MB
(average size, HQ)

HD Video: 
Yes, latest videos.
File Type: MP4
Bit-Rate: 5000k or 3000k
Dimensions: 1920x1080 or 1280x720
Quality: Very nice HD level.

Live Cams: 
No live cam show content.

Logging In: 
Only user/pwd required.
Standard login box.

Model Appearance: 
Mostly white models.
Pro & amateur types.
Thin, sexy, beautiful.

Model Info: 
160+ models total.
Ages 18-35.
Mostly U.K.

Other Content: 
Webmaster blog.
Decent forum.

Other Details: 
Background music in some videos.

Pic Details: 
Professional level photography.
Sharp, high-res images.
Two levels of zip files.

Pic Dimensions (HQ): 
Online = 1200 x 900
High-res Zip = 6480 x 4856
Sizes vary a little.

Streaming Player: 
Medium Flash player.
On newer videos only.
Can jump ahead immediately.
5-10 second buffer.
Smooth playback.
Average quality.

Updates in Last 7 Days: 
6 image galleries.
1 video scene.
(on par with previous updates)

Re-Review Status
Review Completed

New review has been completed on Jan 7, 2015 and will be released in less than a week.
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