Anastasia


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Title     Anastasia
Artist     fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     People
Subject     People
Style     Photographic
Medium     Digital Photograph
Software     Adobe Photoshop
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     June 3, 2012 3:44:23 PM CDT
Views     927
Rating     24 Thumb-up

Anastasia.
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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from isaiah56/Valery (3,071) Send mail to this user on June 10, 2012 2:24:17 PM CDT (4)

To me this portrait is of a higher accomplishement level than the one you published next.

The expression is natural, at least looks natural, the orientation is to my liking and sepia is a better portrait color set for the type of the character reflected your way.

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 10, 2012 2:30:17 PM CDT

Thank you Valery. I am glad you like this and it is a very different picture of the 'next one'... a very different person at a very different stage in life etc.
The setting was also very different, most of it is described already here below.
I really appreciate your feedback.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mccook36/Merv (12,639) Send mail to this user on June 7, 2012 2:54:01 PM CDT (5)

This is not your usual razor sharp portrait, Ludo, and you know how I feel about portraits in a landscape orientation frame. Yet somehow both work so well here. Her expression is captivating. The composition makes me think she is lost in thought about something in her past...behind her...to the point that she's not fully here when the picture is taken. The bg adds to the overall mood of the picture. The slight sepia works nicely except that her skin seems too light to me. My attention is drawn by the large bright area of her neck and chest. That's a minor point. Overall the picture is hypnotizing. A good example of when craft becomes art.

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 8, 2012 12:02:49 PM CDT

Thank you Merv and I am glad you like this one. I always attempt to capture an interesting expression, that hopefully makes the viewer wonder... and the light.
It was a good location (Anastasia's idea) and fine light (nature's gift).

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from johnwilliams/John (7,944) Send mail to this user on June 5, 2012 12:21:23 AM CDT (7)

One of your most attractive, and expressive of portraits, Ludo. Without knowing Anastasia, it's hard to tell if the expression caught reflects a fundamental part of her nature/outlook or whether you've simply caught someone in a rather melancholic moment of reflection, but that doesn't really matter, because her gaze is truly captivating, and we can read in our own story. I am actually listening to a duet from Cosi fan Tutte right now, and Anatasia's captivated gaze fits in well! Your B&W/semi sepia rendering helps the mood and suggestion of a minds eye look back on a fading memory. I like your unconventional capture of gaze directed out of the short side of the frame, and your nicely blurred BG which sets your model out (you seem to have missed a bit of PS interference top right and lower right side - I know you want to be told about things like that). Very nice work!

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 5, 2012 5:22:02 AM CDT

Thank you John for your eagle eyed feedback! I really appreciate that.
I realise that the extra black layer that I mix into the Sepia was perhaps a bit too dominant here (as it got noticed - generally it does not).
There was a natural DOF in the background as this one picture was taken between 2 separate series and I captured Anastasia's mood with 200mm...

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ankie/Anneke (9,939) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 2:53:02 PM CDT (7)

Sometimes I cannot critique a picture immediately, sometimes I need a little more time before I can 'feel' the picture. I've come back to this picture 5 or 6 times and the strangest thing is that what I didn't like about it the first time, is now one of the things I like best about it. I'm talking about Anastasia's skin colour. The very first time I saw this picture, I thought: "O my God, she looks like a ghost, as if she has just risen from the dead". But after a few more looks I began to see other things as well. Her facial expression, showing sadness, but not of the bitter sort, more like some kind of melancholy. The hair, so loosely and natural. Her pose. And all this in a superb composition, against a wonderful background which reminds me of a forest. It may be a diffrent one for each of us, but this picture definitely tells a story. And Anastasia's pale, light skin colour adds to the mood, no, is part of the mood of that story. What can I say, Ludo? It's simply a beautiful picture...

-Anneke-

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 3:45:19 PM CDT

Thank you Anneke. I understand, as it takes me also sometimes some time to evaluate or to write a critique.
I think that I succeeded in conveying the 'feeling' that saw in this. The whole idea was to have something with a 'retro' feeling.
I read somewhere some time ago that people looked rather 'serious' in all of this pictures of times gone by.
The forest is an ivy covered wall... but I am glad with your last line!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from orlovitz/s (1,317) Send mail to this user on June 3, 2012 11:10:48 PM CDT (8) Early critique

Another very fine portrait, FL. Right on with the subtle - to my eyes - use of Sepia...You have such a talent for capturing the female visage and the humanity, sensitivity-sensitivities-personality of your subject. Your timing for the capture is always right on - or - do you bracket the subject, and take the best of several, as a rule? Either way...your results are what count, and the medium and technique have never really been of great interest to me, if the aesthetics seems correct. Most photographers think the opposite, of course. But, that is why you are in the top 3% of the photographers on photosig/artsig - which I know even though I haven't been on photosig for a decade (the nitpicky technique-obsessed folks are such a turnoff...) ...I can afford to say that, since my bro is a pro, among the best photographers in the world, although he is a film producer, and although he too can discuss focal length and exposure science for hours, he is at bottom, always also thinking about the aesthetics. That's what makes for a really memorable photograph....of which yours are always examples of....Please, never fail to consider aesthetics as having priority over technique.... the secret to art in photography.... This subject's expression is captivating, and has a strong Meryl-Streep-like physiognomy, which I think you recognized, no?

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From terridavidson/Terri (9,178) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 9:08:43 AM CDT

A wonderful critique, Sidney!

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From orlovitz/s (1,317) Send mail to this user on June 5, 2012 5:03:35 PM CDT

well, thank you TD...

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From orlovitz/s (1,317) Send mail to this user on June 5, 2012 5:18:07 PM CDT

....but my crit is a bit pompous on 2nd thought! I write too quickly....FL of course has produced an outstanding portrait here... a photographer's photographer...

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 12:53:19 PM CDT

Thank you Sid for these words. The emphasise is always on light and the aesthetics.
I always go out of the assumption that before I show a picture that the technical aspects are under control (tend general to expect that too).
Nevertheless I sometimes overlook some issues, and the feedback given on this site is often very good (an extra pair of eyes is always a plus).
There was no bracketing here. I selected together with the model about 10 photos out of 200.
I may share a few more.
Again thank you for your feedback!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ricks/Rick (9,658) Send mail to this user on June 3, 2012 11:02:04 PM CDT (7) Early critique

I love the wistful expression, combined with the enigmatic falling, receding background. I usually don't like the dark tones that appear in the background, but here they work, maybe tying in with the shadows in her hair and sweater. Thanks.

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 12:44:12 PM CDT

Thank you Rick for your kind words and observation. The background was mainly made up of ivy... but with a shallow DOF.
I hesitated between colour and sepia...

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from terridavidson/Terri (9,178) Send mail to this user on June 3, 2012 5:09:24 PM CDT (7) Early critique

Hi, Ludo, this is absolutely superb! The expression is terrific, but it's not just the expression that makes this so special. It's the range of subtle values and tones that you've expressed within the sepia, the gradation of and shift between tones. For a photo, it's just gorgeous in a true painterly sense and really shows off your talents. Honestly, this is one of my favorite pieces of yours--it's just very, very special. Heartiest congrats! -Terri

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 12:42:45 PM CDT

Thank you Terri for your very flattering words! I am glad you like it.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from bellamahri/Tina (9,564) Send mail to this user on June 3, 2012 4:58:54 PM CDT (7) Early critique

Very well captured expression in Sepia. Great details down to her eyes. It looks as though she has a lot on her mind. Thank you for sharing!

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 12:42:05 PM CDT

Thank you Tina for your kind words!

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From thomasbasile/Thomas (13,573) Send mail to this user on June 3, 2012 7:11:18 PM CDT

Ludo,Sorry that i can not critique this.According to the system i cannot give threes which this deserves!Tom

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 3:29:43 AM CDT

No problem Thomas! Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated!

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From ottokees/Otto (8,843) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 4:19:28 AM CDT

So fascinating and enigmatic portrait!!!. Cheers!!!, Otto.

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 4, 2012 4:36:02 AM CDT

Thank you Otto. This is much appreciated.

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From blackcatluis/Luis (2,941) Send mail to this user on June 5, 2012 2:20:48 PM CDT

Ludo, I would've entitled this flawless take: 'Tristesse', you can feel it in her expression.

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From fly/Ludo (22,251) Send mail to this user on June 5, 2012 2:23:16 PM CDT

Thank you Luis for your kind words. Anastasia was not sad... it was more 'reflection', but I can see your point.

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