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Old Sep 25, 2008, 2:19 PM   #1
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First time posting here, although I've been lurking for awhile. Took this at the National Zoo. A young woman trying to cool off from the heat. Any thoughts or possible ways to improve the image appreciated.

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Old Sep 25, 2008, 3:22 PM   #2
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The mist / cloud / rain are mysterious. But I do miss a face to make things complete.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The hand does tell something about her....but just a bit about what she;s feeling. A face can tell you so much.
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Old Sep 26, 2008, 2:35 PM   #3
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Thanks feetjai. I was thinking not being able to see her face was a plus, adding to the unknown nature of the image.

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Old Sep 26, 2008, 6:29 PM   #4
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I think its a very good shot. One of those that causes your imagination to kick in. Who is she? What is she thinking? Is she alone, or waiting on someone? What else could the pose mean? Etc.
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I see the color in the upper left and lower right as a bit of a distraction. Other than that, it's a wonderful shot, full of mystery and visual interest.

If it was me, I'd crop a bit, and go monochrome.
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Old Sep 27, 2008, 8:30 AM   #6
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Tom, LOVE your pic! Two things I would change, and I hope you don't mind my doing so. First, I cloned out the distracting brush in the lower right corner. This allowed a for tighter crop.
Second, this shot screams to be B&W. I added a bit of contrast and sharpening after removing the chroma.
What ya think?



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Old Sep 27, 2008, 8:36 AM   #7
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Walter and The Barbarian, Thanks guys. That day, I saw those very things, the unknown, the mystery of who she may be, what is she thinking. I was very happy to have the chance to capture those thoughts and feelings. I'll try the crop and monochrome idea.
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Old Sep 27, 2008, 8:39 AM   #8
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Hey shadokachr, I love it. Thanks for the assistance. Wow!
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Old Sep 27, 2008, 10:18 AM   #9
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Like the original and love the tighter B&W. I really like the mystery of the cloaked figure with no face. Very cool!
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Old Sep 28, 2008, 2:40 PM   #10
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Ok, I understand. Without face it's more mysterious. The way to make pictures more attractive by leaving things out... Forgot about that
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