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Her highness Princess Megan
Old 08-29-2006, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A few days ago I was playing around with using a colored light on a black background. In this shot you can't see much of the light on the background but the blue is evident in her skin tone. The first one is how I usually process a photo. In the second I added a craquelure filter. I'd like to know which one you prefer and any other comments you have.

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Re: Her highness Princess Megan
Old 08-30-2006, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't usually post in the forums. I am currently being formally trained and most of the critiques that I participate in are intense, long, and focused. so forgive me if this gets to sound a bit course.
I don't feel that the PS filter helps the image a whole lot if at all. I'm not against filters I use them myself every now and then. I would definately think about purpose and impact when dealing with colored lights, it really sets the overall feeling of the image or can ruin the whole experience. I'm not a fan of the blue skin tone, it leaves the model looking a bit zombie-like or frost biten. I think this photo would compliment the model and her costume so much better by having a warm tone. Her blue eyes are amazing.
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Old 08-30-2006, 03:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree on the preference for a warmer tone on the first shot. On the second filter shot, forgive me, but I'm thinking bubonic plague.
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Old 08-30-2006, 07:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry, I really don't like the filter in this context.

I'm curious about her eyes - is that anything like their natural colour?
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It's hard to make effective comments when the context or purpose of the image is unknown. As glamour images, I would say the first is a not particularly flattering image of a rather attractive woman, while - as a glamour image - the second is, frankly, crap. But, as you've read, the second image invokes powerful responses. If you're trying for an image that people find unsettling, disturbing - you hit it pretty effectively. That "texturizing" imposed by your filter on the skin created a near-human/near-nightmare image that's probably pretty disturbing to most people.
Interesting process. Not for glamour, though. IMO. Perhaps quite glamourous to a necrophilic...
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't usually post in the forums. I am currently being formally trained and most of the critiques that I participate in are intense, long, and focused. so forgive me if this gets to sound a bit course.
I don't feel that the PS filter helps the image a whole lot if at all. I'm not against filters I use them myself every now and then. I would definately think about purpose and impact when dealing with colored lights, it really sets the overall feeling of the image or can ruin the whole experience. I'm not a fan of the blue skin tone, it leaves the model looking a bit zombie-like or frost biten. I think this photo would compliment the model and her costume so much better by having a warm tone. Her blue eyes are amazing.
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Thanks for your comments. I did a warmer version first but thought it looked to typical.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree on the preference for a warmer tone on the first shot. On the second filter shot, forgive me, but I'm thinking bubonic plague.
Bubonic plague? I was going for an old painting look.
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Sorry, I really don't like the filter in this context.

I'm curious about her eyes - is that anything like their natural colour?
Her eyes are a gray/blue color in real life. I saturated them about 200%
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It's hard to make effective comments when the context or purpose of the image is unknown. As glamour images, I would say the first is a not particularly flattering image of a rather attractive woman, while - as a glamour image - the second is, frankly, crap. But, as you've read, the second image invokes powerful responses. If you're trying for an image that people find unsettling, disturbing - you hit it pretty effectively. That "texturizing" imposed by your filter on the skin created a near-human/near-nightmare image that's probably pretty disturbing to most people.
Interesting process. Not for glamour, though. IMO. Perhaps quite glamourous to a necrophilic...
Thank you for your comments. They're always very insightful.
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Re: Her highness Princess Megan
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I agree. Not knowing what your use on this one, its hard to say. Its a little cold on the first and the second just creeps me out. LOL That might have been a little strong.
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