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Taken almost a year ago, it attracted a bit of attention of flickr for a few days but Ive just come across again today. Taken as part of a portfolio for Lauren, who has since stopped modelling, which is a shame as she was very talented just perhaps needed more guidance from her agency. Anyway, its an incredibly tight crop that I put a texture layer over the top. I loved the image at the time and still think its great. I hate the title though, so perhaps it will be changed.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.0 - 85.6 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jan 2000 - 12:00 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Beauty is only skin deep
Username:nineteen68 nineteen68
Uploaded:5 Oct 2012 - 9:17 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Digitally manipulated, Portraits / people
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 9:59 PM

Creative work!

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 10:51 AM

Sometimes this effect does not work but in this case I think it works well.


David.

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banehawi
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6 Oct 2012 - 2:51 PM

It would have been great if you could have shown both originals so we can have a better opinion on the result. It seems to me somehow to be not quite as good as it could be. For example, it seems that its a compromise, where the models skin tone dominates the texture, - which being a tree, looks odd, and it may be better if more of the tree colour was allowed through. I do like the eye itself and how thats blended.


Regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2012 - 8:08 PM

I think I would have significantly faded the bark over the eye. If we are looking at a suggestion of age, it shouldn't go over the eye. Some instant impact, but then tends to fade.

Paul

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nineteen68
6 Oct 2012 - 8:14 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys. Willie, i hadn't even thought of having the tree tone dominate rather than than the models. Paul, i think i was so excited I had created this, i didnt think about the toning or the eye

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61581 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom572 Constructive Critique Points
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think id have erased the overlay on the eye so that was pretty much untouched by the texture, possibly left some in there with the opacity slider.

i also i think the eye is a bit central and perhaps overlarge in frame and may have looked better tucked up nearer the top right.

also think you could have tried to fade the opacity on the texture layer so the blend was a bit more subtle and showing a little more of the facial features and hair. as is the eye brows have denegrated to a black blob and the hair barely detectable. the blue blob bottom left is alo a bit distracting but overall i like the idea and think it would work up into a good image.

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nineteen68
7 Oct 2012 - 5:17 PM

Hi All, Ive attempt to correct some of the comments made & uploaded a modification. Thanks for all comments-lee

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