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Out of my comfort zone looking for my style.
As yesterday, all comments appreciated. Not looking for votes, just opinions if you have time. Thanks for lookingSmile

V2 What I don't like, over processed skin etc..

V3 My normal style that I'm trying to break away from.

Camera:canon EOS-1D mk11
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:- comfort zone 2
Username:Patricia Fenn Patricia Fenn
Uploaded:29 Jan 2010 - 5:33 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, General, Portraits / people
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ChrisBilton
29 Jan 2010 - 5:52 AM

marvelous painterly effect

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2010 - 6:37 AM

Has to be V.3 for me, Patricia. Sorry, but there's something about V.1 that just doesn't appeal to me at all. Carol

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
29 Jan 2010 - 6:44 AM

As with yesterday, they have a scary effect almost like from a horror movie. I prefer V1 before V2. They are very well done but V3 is a more easy going picture

Peter

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29 Jan 2010 - 9:11 AM

the thumbnail looked good on V1 - thought similar to Delone - but dissapointed when opened pushed a tad too far - could work though if you pull the reins in abit.

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29 Jan 2010 - 10:32 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This one does have a more oil paint like finish heading in the direction of some of the old masters. The expression on the kids face is less "scarey" than last upload so will find a broader audience, at least on here where as know many viewers do not like to be faced with the darker side of life. As a personal work in progress your heading in the right direction Pat and with a few refinements here and there you will be rewarded with photos that you will be very satisfied with and individual. xx

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Patricia Fenn
29 Jan 2010 - 1:00 PM

Thanks each and everyone. Really value the true crit. It's helping me to analyse what I'm actually looking for in a change of style.

I know it takes a bit of courage to be negative in a constructive way, so I'm doubly appreciative.

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TheWanderer
29 Jan 2010 - 1:30 PM

It kind of has that Jill Greenburg look.

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Patricia Fenn
29 Jan 2010 - 3:32 PM

Thanks. I do actually like Jill Greenberg's work, but not sure that I want to go for that saturated silk look.

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2010 - 4:23 PM

While I can see what you are trying to avoid in V2, I can't believe that the the sort of processing you have applied in V1 is the way to go, resulting as it does, in that terrifying Lucien Freud sort of look. I think the pose and expression you have captured here on it's own sets the image apart from the style you want to leave behind, and perhaps that's the way to go, along with a less exaggerated form of processing.
Can't help loving V3, though I know that's not what you want to hear.

Eric

Last Modified By BlueRoom at 29 Jan 2010 - 4:24 PM

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Patricia Fenn
29 Jan 2010 - 4:35 PM

Thanks Eric! Made me laugh, as V3 is exactly what I do and, lets face it, it's quite 'just a reasonable photo'.

Now I actually love V1, but feel I can find something else... not sure what exactly, to develop my style into.

I don't know what I'm talking about, and I don't know what I'm looking for either; but I'm hoping the comments will influence me in some way because I'm rather stuck at the moment:-P

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2010 - 5:59 PM

Almost a 'comic book' look to V1 Patricia which looks a little strange with the lips & eyes so pronounced against the softer skin.Perhaps a gentle blend of V1 & V2 would be the answer,particularly as your subject is a very young child.IMHO the processing you have applied to V1 does make the subject seem very 'old' & somewhat harsh to view.

V3 is so very natural,love the happy expression & the low angle.
Good for you trying new stuff,always a challenge & sometimes very frustrating.

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Patricia Fenn
29 Jan 2010 - 6:20 PM

I so apreciate this kind of blunt critique. Thanks Chase, and everyone.
I'll move over to adult images tomorrow and look forward to any input at all.
I've a deadline to attend to so
thanks again, and goodnight from Crete.
X

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banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2942 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2010 - 8:43 PM

I think that someplace between V1 and V2 is where you should be. V1 might be just a tad ott, - but its a nice style that can work.


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cameragirl
cameragirl  1043 forum posts United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 - 11:29 PM

Great images but fave is V3!

(Agree with banehawi - somewhere between V1 and 2 would be good)

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TamJ
TamJ  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 12:30 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Love the way you're taking this - I really like the way it's a slightly "darker" child portrait than the norm and this makes it really interesting. v1 is definitely better than v2, I think personally I would have kept slightly more detail in the face (I love the way you've emphasised the main features) but it's important to keep that somewhat ethereal finish to it as well so it's a difficult balance to make. And also, I have to say, v1 if far more the interesting picture than v3 so definitely keep going with it!! Smile

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Patricia Fenn
31 Jan 2010 - 4:48 AM

Tam thank you! I apreciate it's not quite right in as far as the look I'm trying to get.
(Usually) we tend to portray kids as Happy-Smiley People, because we love them. But in real life they are mostly curious, confused and often scared of the smallest things, and although I'm going slightly surreal in style, I wanted to portray the real feelings.
I've a long way to go yet, I think.
Thanks again.

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kitsch
kitsch  8439 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2010 - 7:07 PM

you are getting there though aren't you...
i absolutely love V1 it has great style & plenty of impact!
(also like V3 though lol)

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