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Old Jan 21, 2011, 5:58 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

Just finished this shot. Would appreciate feedback



Subject was lit with a flash fired through a softbox high camera right. A reflector camera left was used for fill.

Processed in CS5

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Old Jan 21, 2011, 8:06 PM   #2
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Certainly conveys a sinister mood. Nicely done.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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Certainly conveys a sinister mood. Nicely done.
Hi Walter, that was the objective for the shot so I'm pleased with yur comment.

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Old Jan 22, 2011, 1:10 PM   #4
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I like your chase of the dark side of people. And the technical aspects of your picks are irreproachable. Even so, i'll risk a deeper comment about your story telling in this one.
I feel there's too much of a "sinister" smile. It passes the limits of disturbing, overfly the realms of grotesque and lands into the funny and cartoonesque territory. There's no cruelty in that smile. It's an apparent cruelty and looks fake. Unless that's your intention, the final effect is severely weakened doing so.
Of course it's just an opinion.
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Matthew, while I respect Ordo's interpretation, I have a differing opinion. I think the photo is spot on in every regard. The gentleman does appear quite mad and it appears to me as if he may have plans to eat the butterfly later, when we're not watching...
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i love all of your work longside as you always deliver something wondefully different and you are always thinking outside of the box

i would just try to loose the green tinge on the table on the left hanside as viewed (possible light reflection)
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I don't think I'm even qualified to offer my compliments but here goes -- very nice.
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 9:30 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the comments guys and some interesting comments from Ordo and Hawgwild with regard the grin

@simple, yes, there is a green tinge and this is most noticeable in the highlights. This is a result of colour spill from a green screen behind the model. I have corrected this in the final version of the shot below.

@vvcarpio everybody is entitled to an opinion, and yours is greatly appreciated
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