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Old 07-15-2008, 02:37 PM
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Please critique Beauty/glam!

OK, so I lied. It's actually my father-in-law. Original concept was, I wanted to emphasize his aging hands but, that's alright cause I enjoy playing around and see where it takes me. Would appreciate any tips or suggestions but particularly interested in making it look a little more believable.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:00 PM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

I like it. Nice job. The only thing that I think I would change is removing a couple of reflections near the two smallest fingers on his right hand. I know that they are natural, but in my opinion, they aren't necessary and distract from his right hand. A little artistic licence.
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:02 PM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

I know I'm being very picky, but here it goes:

I loved it but I would try to enhance slightly the glint in his left eye.

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OK, so I lied. It's actually my father-in-law. Original concept was, I wanted to emphasize his aging hands but, that's alright cause I enjoy playing around and see where it takes me. Would appreciate any tips or suggestions but particularly interested in making it look a little more believable.
Thank you
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:48 PM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

Hi JD,

I like the effect, I'm like you I like to tinker around with photo's like this one with a lot of character in them and see what I finish up with.

The only thing I would suggest is to blur the background just a touch more, and I think his hands look a bit to "bronzey" cut back on the opacity in the layer a bit and see what happens, otherwise a good effect.

Barry.

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Old 07-16-2008, 07:33 PM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

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I like it. Nice job. The only thing that I think I would change is removing a couple of reflections near the two smallest fingers on his right hand. I know that they are natural, but in my opinion, they aren't necessary and distract from his right hand. A little artistic licence.
Thanks Richard! Hard to tell at these sizes but thats actually, the screw that holds the pick guard on. Your right though, I don't mind telling a lie as long as it's somewhat convincing.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:37 PM
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I know I'm being very picky, but here it goes:

I loved it but I would try to enhance slightly the glint in his left eye.
Thanks Frank!
No your not being picky. Had some problems with that eye and will give it another whirl and post after.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:43 PM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

I think you're right - that is probably a screw for the one reflection. I'd also take away the one just off of his fingertip on his next to smallest finger on his right hand. I find it takes attention away from the hand.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:47 PM
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Hi JD,

I like the effect, I'm like you I like to tinker around with photo's like this one with a lot of character in them and see what I finish up with.

The only thing I would suggest is to blur the background just a touch more, and I think his hands look a bit to "bronzey" cut back on the opacity in the layer a bit and see what happens, otherwise a good effect.

Barry.
Thanks Barry!
I gave myself a big V8 slap on the forehead over the BG. Thank you for pointing that out. As for the hands; I had done some additional aging with BD and liquidfy so I wouldn't be able too just blend the layers, but will try color and contrast. Will repost results.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:21 PM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

Pretty darn good JD ! It's nice to see some of your work.
I can't think of anything not already mentioned.
I think your father-in-law would be proud to hang it once you print it poster size and frame it for him !
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:21 AM
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Re: Please critique Beauty/glam!

Thanks Tommy!
Actually, his biggest concern was the same as when we shot it. "You just don't hold a mandolin that high up". He wasn't quite understanding that it was for the aesthetics of the shot.
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