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kaybee 13 5.3k 25 Scotland
21 Jun 2009 4:26PM
I like it
Prefer No2 crop.
Hope it didn't go 'Pop' in her eye ........... that would smart

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Picture_Newport 8 659 19 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2009 5:44PM
A great idea, and well done for getting a close up without a macro lens.

The thumbnial does not really do this justice. when enlarged you can see that the bubble and bubble stick (?) is pretty sharp. I like that you have used a large aperture to blur the young ladies face, this helps to keep the viewers attention on the bubble, which, for me is the main subject.

You have also possitioned the circle of the sitck perfectly and the heart shape below it adds something a little extra, I don't think a bubble stick without the heart would have worked as well. This was probably the only one you had to hand, so I gues it's kind of a happy accident, works well though.

The colours are nice too, the pink stick and the nice pastel colours that are created around the bubbe are lovely.

I prefer V2, the tighter crop gives a more surreal effect and makes you think a little more about the image. Having read Ades comment in the forum about cropping off the left eye in V2, I think I would have to aggree, this would give it an even more surreal look, almost abstract.

I like it, have a vote too Smile deffinatley V2 for me.

rowarrior 9 4.4k 9 Scotland
21 Jun 2009 9:02PM
Very funky idea. I think now I've seen v2, I'd almost like to see a square crop just around the bubble, that would be even more out there.
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2009 9:11PM
I've added a third version now Smile
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
21 Jun 2009 9:47PM
Yeap, I think V3 works better, it is more quirky and makes you look longer.
ade_mcfade 13 15.2k 216 England
21 Jun 2009 11:25PM
V3 does look surreal doens't it Wink

I cropped one and was about to upload it, but couldn't !
User_Removed 10 2.1k 7 England
22 Jun 2009 7:26AM
V2 I think for me. Just feels right, better balanced for me. Great idea and it's worked. H
Picture_Newport 8 659 19 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 11:54AM
Yep. V3 for me now.
22 Jun 2009 3:33PM
This is where I leave my comfort zone completely - no experience in giving critique whatsoever, so apologies if I get it wrong.

Paul has already given a vey comprehensive critique, so I'll keen mine short. An unusual and cleverly thought out subject, very well executed given the lens you were using. V2 is the one for me, the crop improves a well taken image, puts the shot into context and focuses the eye firmly on the bubble wand and bubble, which has lovely sharp edges. Really can't fault it.

HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
23 Jun 2009 9:38AM
Very nice idea, Two works for me
blackbird 10 159 15 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2009 8:52PM
It is difficult to add much to the previous critiques, this is a good take on the challenge and shows an interesting and creative imagination.
I also like the fact that the girl is looking directly without obvious expression, that together with the bubble and the dof softness creates a very enigmatic image.
V2 for me, although I would like to see slightly more space all around the bubble
merille Smile
GazW 9 15 5 Wales
25 Jun 2009 4:49PM
A number of other "buddies" have beaten me to it so I'll try and do mine before reading theirs to avoid being influenced by them.

Anyway, it's way outside of my usual area so my first reaction was "what the heck do I say !" - it's tricky this critique stuff isn't it ? Smile Of the three versions the 2nd one is the one that works for me. It has a great contrast between the two elements whereas V1 doesn't contrast in the same way and V3 has no contrasting elements at all so doesn't hold my interest for as long. The image is well-executed with perfect sharpness in the right place and the colour contrasts well.
Also, the dof of field is too great in V1 (for me anyway), but I assume that's a limit of the lens that you used. Because there's so much face showing you can almost imagine it in focus which isn't what you want here. In V2 there isn't enough of the face showing so the out of focus nature is emphasised in the right eye and the mind can't interpolate (is that the word I mean ?) the focus there.

It would be cheating to PS it but I think it would look good with the left eye totally sharp through the plastic.

Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 4:55PM
Thanks Gaz and everyone else Smile
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 12:39AM
First off I really like this and more so the longer I looked whilst pondering what to say.
I like the heart and the positioning of the eye behind the hole, but it's the general playfulness of being observed through the bubble that makes me to smile. Smile
Crop wise; between #1 and #2, I definitely prefer #2, which certainly gives the bubble more emphasis. #3 is great too, and has a lovely abstract feel, but for me it's actually become a completely different image from the other two, so it's not an either/or

A slightly random suggestion, but I did keep thinking that it would be really striking and surprising if the eye through the hole was bright and pin sharp, but I see that Gaz has beaten me to the punch. You'd need to cheat to do it, but I certainly wouldn't reduce the DOF further otherwise as making the eye any softer would be detrimental.
Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 9:30AM
Thanks Tim, all the comments have been so helpful Smile
Les_G 10 148 4 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 1:30PM
I found this image quite mesmerising, and V1 became quite sinister the more I looked at it.

From a photographic view I found the eye in V1 split the image, as the looking at the eye was compelling. V2 due to the tight crop made ths worse for me. V3 was superb and for me the best due to lack of distractions.

The pink stick was nicely colour balanced against the skin tone.
The liquidity of the bubble was well captured, I felt I could just reach out and touch it.

Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 2:23PM
Thanks Les Smile

It's interesting seeing which versions people like and why, everyone is different.

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