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Aug 21, 2013 23:06 |  #1

Which one do you prefer?
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Aug 21, 2013 23:56 |  #2

Color. Holds my eye a little longer.




  
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Aug 21, 2013 23:57 |  #3

Both are great shots but I'm a sucker for the B&W image.


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Aug 22, 2013 00:24 |  #4

color


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Aug 22, 2013 01:11 |  #5

Colour for me as well.

A few points though...

The flame looks fake. To photoshop a nice flame, check out this tutorial: http://www.pxleyes.com …asic-Photoshop-Tools.html (external link)

Secondly, candles don't produce smoke until you blow them out. To keep the face in the smoke, maybe you could have the match she just used to light the candle.

Thirdly, there should be a bit of a shadow under her arm. Without the shadow, it looks very much a cut out.


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Aug 22, 2013 07:59 |  #6

Thanks for the comments guys.. thnx for the cool tutorial Tiberius, ya i just thought the smoke added something that I liked.. ya I should have had a shoadow.. :)




  
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Aug 22, 2013 15:05 |  #7

I'd go for the B&W because it's less obvious how plastic looking the skin is.


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Aug 22, 2013 19:54 |  #8

The first one by far. The story is better conveyed.




  
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Aug 22, 2013 21:40 |  #9

I like the B&W one as well.


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Aug 27, 2013 15:24 |  #10

B&W all the way - the color seems overprocessed & the skin is plasticky, to me.


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Aug 27, 2013 19:13 |  #11

Whats with the vampire thing in the image?


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Aug 28, 2013 15:56 |  #12

I just noticed the masks in the smoke, and I've looked at this shot a few times over a few days now... Overall, I think the compositing is heavy handed. The Candle stick doesn't look real, the screaming dude doesn't blend well (shaky camera, purple fringing and shiny piercings are a distraction,) and the halo around her arms screams layer mask.

The theatrical masks in the smoke actually blend with the image nicely because of how subtle they are, but I have no idea what the story of this girl is.

I have admittedly stared at this image longer than most others that I've critiqued, so there has to be something said for that.




  
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Aug 28, 2013 16:01 |  #13

neither really works for me, though I'd go with the b&w if I had to. Her left arm seems choppy, the dropping wax and flame in the color look fake to me. Interesting idea, but I'd spend some more time on it. Missing shadow cast by her arms already mentioned. Not sure about the vampire, but I don't know what story you want to illustrate here. Has potential, just not "there" yet for me.


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Aug 28, 2013 22:23 |  #14

photo is too busy. Too much processed


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