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Never sigh for a better World

By nineteen68  
part of a sci-fi fantasy shoot. Heavily influenced by Nightmare before Christmas, with a bit of Gothic thrown in. I wanted to create a shot with a bit of edge. Hopefully I have achieved this. All comments welcome.

Tags: Portrait Model Red Art Edge Fantasy Gothic Sci-fi Portraits and people

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Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
22 Apr 2012 12:38PM


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SueEley 10 279 96 Wales
22 Apr 2012 12:48PM
Great idea, great colour scheme, good makeup. A few details not 'tidy' - the hair in front of the eye (you may have wanted it this way, though) the off-center necklace and, either her corset is a bit twisted or her torso is positioned a bit awkwardly. You could also perhaps get more contrast into her face - higher key skin and darker eyes and lips. You could probably fix the contrast in post processing by using a selection.
22 Apr 2012 12:56PM
Thanks Aidan, SueEly, I wanted the hair in front of the eye, I didnt notice the necklace till editing the shot (my bad) and the corset was actually a bit big for the model and thanks for the suggestions for more contrast in her face.Smile
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 2:44PM
Great concept, great creativity, and very well executed.

Regards Nathan
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3534 Canada
22 Apr 2012 5:40PM
Well posed and made up. Needs much more contrast overall, not only face to make it work.

Uploaded a mod to show what I mean, and also adjusted corset (though Ive not got a lot of experience with corsets!)

I would also suggest it can be a little sharper, and enhancing the catchlight in her eye can make a big difference, in mod2.

remember, that theres a process for preparing your shot for the web that includes sharpening your re sized shot:

So its a process that goes like this:

Resize image: Image>Image size> set pixels per inch to 72; then set the longest side to what the site allows; then during the save as process, you will adjust the quality slider to get the right file size, then save.

Next: Open the new image. Check for sharpness at 100%. It will very likely need to be sharpened. You can use whatever method you prefer; here is a reliable method you can use:

Filter>sharpen>unsharp mask; set Radius = 0.8; set threshold = 3; now slide the Amount slider all the way to the right, which oversharpens the shot; then slide it slowly back to the left until it doesnt look soft, and doesnt look too sharp. You can view your image and turn Preview on and off to see how youre doing. When your happy, press OK, then SAVE. Now upload.

With the image sharpened it looks a lot better.


22 Apr 2012 5:55PM
Willie-Mod 2 is amazing. Thank you
great photo shot Smile
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 9:46PM
this is crazy - crazy good, it leaps off the thumbs and catches the eye from the get go.

i think the colours and the background are stunning, the downward head angle with the direct stare . however, for all that i like, there are some little niggles along the way,

the hair falling over the eye is distracting and a hair blower, blowing it back would have added to the look here. a minor niggle is the necklace, needed pulling back a little to separate from the bodice.

overall the corset isnt punchy enough and there is an overall sharpness, both of which are easy to address and has been well covered by willie above, the black on the lips, and the whites of the eyes would also benefit from the increase in contrast.

sounds picky but its not, these shots depend on detail perfection and this, well its really so close to being premier division.

23 Apr 2012 5:42AM
Thanks Phil, the more I look at the necklace the more annoying it becomes
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 8:37AM
A strong image that could be even better. The necklace has been mentioned - remove it with the clone tool and use one fitting the theme in future versions. There is a slight loss of overall sharpness but I guess this may be the compression. I might crop a bit. The background is effective and I like the central positioning, but there is another image - well several - coming i progressivcely closer on the face and, for me, the impact goes up.

27 Apr 2012 2:15PM
i agree with the above comments, the necklace recentralised, the hair over the eye would have made the world of difference, great idea and colours.

Recognised nightmare before christmas even before reading the description, very effective Smile

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