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Amputation with elements
Old 07-13-2007, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I liked the expression on her face too much to get rid of this photo, but I hated her arm too much to use it. So I tried my hand at digital surgery. How'd I do?

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Re: Amputation with elements
Old 07-14-2007, 02:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it is a bad images either way.... I could list the reasons but you wont listen anyway, so I won't. As for the removal of the arm, you did pretty good with that.

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Re: Amputation with elements
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The PS work is adequate, but the shot has several problems. One thing is the prominence of the shadow on the wall. It is usually better to move the model away from walls to avoid this sort of distraction. The WB seems to be off also and this probably due to the yellow wall ( but perhaps the WB is really off and that is a white wall ). Pose wise, this sort of pose rarely can work because it makes the model look a little heavier. Usually you can get a slimming effect by rotating the model's upper torso more toward the camera.
Another problem is cropping. You're right that the upper arm needed to go, but then we also have a cropped off hand.
So PS OK, image not so OK.

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Re: Amputation with elements
Old 07-14-2007, 06:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what exactly did you "like" about that expression?

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you attached an arm on okay but what is it you liked about the expression? What does it say? If anything, she looks either bored or maybe she's pissed and pouting. Either way, she's not selling herself very well.
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Re: Amputation with elements
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Good work in PhotoShop, but I'd crop the image just below the bra - that cleans up the arm (cropping above the elbow is fine, below the elbow can be problematic).

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RFS, Glenn, JimmyD and Cat, Thanks for your comments. What I like about her expression is that it tells part of the story of the shoot.

She hired me to do this shoot for her boyfriend who is leaving for Iraq later this month. In her face I see sadness, loss, and the uncertainty that the future holds for her.

I'll keep shooting and posting, you keep commenting, and one day I'll make it to "not bad"
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my best wishes to her and her bf.

my only thought is that a photo has to speak for itself without the explanation..it didn't do that.

keep trying, I know I still am.
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