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Old 08-17-2009, 09:42 PM
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Very pretty girl with lots of potential

I am trying to slowly figure out a way to make a little bit of money with my passion for photography. In a brilliant marketing strategy, I have decided to take some pictures of some kids in our youth group for free. I spent an evening with Shelby and I thought this picture had great potential. Just curious what ya'll would do with it. Here is the link for the larger sizes. Thanks in advance for any help!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliphe/3832501328/sizes/o/
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:53 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

No idea, but I like your signature.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:27 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

A woman's smile always brightens the day.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:50 PM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

Hi,

Do you mind if I go for a Painterly effect? I'll explain my work flow. I just want to know what you are looking for regarding improvements.

I am learning myself. I will be prepping with PS and then finishing with Painter. If that's OK with you.

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Jon
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:58 PM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

Any and all are welcome. I just thought it was a cool picture in an old abandoned house.
I tried to take some of "sad" Shelby. Obviously, if you look at some of the other pictures I took, she has a beautiful smile. I was really trying to capture a sad, melancholy feeling, but a painting might be neat. I appreciate you asking!
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:22 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

A quick try at what I would attempt (I couldn't get a vertical crop to look right to me)
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:04 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

ok olBaldy, what did you do? That is great!
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:34 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

Just an observation and I am not trying to be judgmental but the young woman's body language with her knees pulled up to her chest suggests a sign of closure, trying to hide something or being defensive. If she had placed the back foot down a step it would have lengthened her body and created more of a diagonal leading line that would have led the viewer up to her face. She would have looked a lot more relaxed as well. Just my two cents worth and what I see visually when I look at this image.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:27 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

Hi,

Here's a painted version.

Both the facial expression and body language create an unhappy / gloomy /sad feeling. Cropped to keep flowers in foreground so eye moves from the foreground flowers; up her right arm to the flower (added) by her ear to her face.
After retouching in PS shifted to Painter. Boosted contrast and saturation. Started painting a sad girl in an unhappy/gloomy scene.

"All dressed up and no where to go."
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:25 AM
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Re: Very pretty girl with lots of potential

I love this image - love the comp, love the mood. I did my standard workflow on it ... a clarity boost, color correction / adjustment (using curves), selective saturation adjustment (on her skirt and the flowers), some dodging and burning, high pass midtone contrast boost, vignette ... and I think that's it.
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