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this is an interesting example. are you trying to create a good body "art" project OR create images that use the body as a base and build upon dat with special effects??
i believe one cannot add special effects to the art that a body creates and can be. by adding special effects you distract from its true beauty which is the body. the body does not require anything to add to its beauty... by doing so one takes away the main subject (body) and creates another main attraction-getter: the effects. so, what is your project?
i know that many will likely flame me in my opinion; i have been creating body parts and scapes for many years and believe the body is a wonderful landscape... but remember please before you go into flame on mode: this is just my opinion.
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Not a problem at all, Tony. Part of the attraction and strength of this forum, to me, is the diversity of viewpoints and thoughts on what we each do with photography. So no flame on here (although with 5 inches of snow on the ground here, the extra heat would be a welcomed addition). [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
While I hear what you are saying, I don't personally subscribe to that opinion as a concrete barrier. I feel that there are times effects can enhance or detract from any photograph -- regardless of whether the subject is the human form or a rusted old Chevy sitting on blocks in the backyard. Though I will grant you that I find the former a wee bit more visually enticing than the latter.
At the same time, as I just noted in one of my replies above, I'm not overly fond of the "here are two boobs in all their glory" form of shooting either. To me, without some mystery, the viewer's reaction is often from a more narrowed range. More hormonal than spiritual, if you will -- although the word "spiritual" here is somewhat over the top. Essentially, that the reaction come more from a variety of sources than just the two elements illustrated.
As noted at the start, that's my opinion and what motivated me in creating the images. I am curious, since one of the three images' had only a sepia tone to it, if you consider that an effect, too?
Thanks for the input and never be worried about stating what you feel.