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Model : Gianna

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Lets start by saying that I'm gonna be very critical towards this work for two main reasons: 1) as an artist you're clearly producing above average quality fashion oriented portraiture, so just saying a picture is nice would give you nothing more than a momentary feeling of elevation, and 2) the fashion imagery / portraiture is one of the most popular classes of images, so you're competing in a very tough environment. Also, it is a field where image quality and avid attention to small details is very much the norm.

The image grasped my attention through the thumbnail, as the work here in dA should. Not a small achievements in its own in the screen of dozens of thumbs. The first impressions of the image were equally pleasing: The mild and warm tones make the work very easy to approach and pleasing to the eye. You could say, that the colour composition through the slightly desaturated colour scheme and the warm overall tones works strongly to the advantage of the image - in the darkness of the winter it lures one in for a closer examination.

The basic composition of the image isn't as strong as the colour composition is. Even though it is working, the balance of the image is to the right. A one sided balance isn't always bad - actually with right elements it can work to ones advantage - but in this case the right side becomes overly cluttered and I cannot but hope that there would be a bit of breathing space between the model and the background elements.

The cluttered field of trash and the 'shipwreck' on top of the trailer on the background create a good contrast with the beautiful model. Her positions is also interesting and pose very natural, while still being what some could say 'chic'. I also like the hair style which creates a balance between her otherwise perfect/impeccable look and the trashed background. The effect is further heightened by the sandy and scratchy shoe soles - a nice extra detail to add mood.

With a second glance I started to find some details which to me diminish the beauty of the image. The 'ghosting' on the ship mast and around the ship edges is one of these and to me speaks about either overt sharpening or general post-production. Also I see some 'fragmentation' on the models legs, which i first thought to be excess sand. But as I started to see similar 'fragments' on the chest and forehead as well, they started to take my attention away from the image as a whole. Whether it is sand or the result of sharpening effects didn't the matter then anymore, as the unwanted result was the deviation of attention from the complete image to the small details.

Still, and no one can argue, the image is beautiful. It is also more original with the choice of background elements than most of the work is one can see all around world. Without the 'technical' details grasping ones attention at closer observation and the somewhat overtly cramped right side, I could, with very warm heart, give a more than an excellent rating to the image. But now, given the level I see the artist is aiming for, I cannot but rate it average among its peers.
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38 out of 43 deviants thought this was fair.

I am not a professional photographer but can certainly give my thoughts as a designer post productively speaking.

The first thing that grabbed my attention of this was of course the focal and the fine setting used.

On second glance I see the white/cream to the left of her head and that shouldn't be there I don't think.
It looks like it is attached and a part of her the way it is now.
Not too hard to edit out at al really.

The colors are excellent, it looks slightly cooled, slightly sepia'd, great balance here.

I agree there is a little 'ghosting' on the ships mast and rigging but it doesn't come across to bad at all overall.

So really, the only main crit here from me is the bit by her head.

Apart from this, it is a very original concept and a stunning shot.
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TheSupay Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student General Artist
ulasmetin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
so good
rak78374 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love her expression :D
x-Sinister-Chaos-x Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student
I love this shot, and the title just makes me laugh :)
xeneras Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Teri-NF Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great model great background great light!
JCNProductions Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
guruakki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i like this photo too much ...... solid click...
MarkGphoto Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!! This is an excellent concept, and great lighting on the model as well.
webzoneone Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
reclusive-aesthetic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
This is great. Gorgeous model. Love the boat in the background. Beach looks a tad dirty unfortunately.
xeneras Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
The boat behind is supposed to be a shipwreck that's why i choose a dirty part of the beach to shoot :)
reclusive-aesthetic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I see. Good idea.
Tommy8250 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
grand model placement in the scene and camera angle
Satto1121 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
very beautiful pictures!
winters-kiss Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   Photographer
She is beautiful.Great focus on the shot.Love her expression.1st class work.
basslinebully Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
I like the beach seen and your model perfects the photo great work.
Belsebumsan Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Amazing photo!
Marieland Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would like to paint one of those picture if you let me! expecting your answer...
xeneras Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Off course..just send me the link when you are done :)
Marieland Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my painting is on line! expecting you'll like it!
UNexperienced Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
well, boat behind model is distracting for me..
snep Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
great shot, beautiful model
UnderworldDJ Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!! <3 Love the messiness of her hair, and the background
knotty02 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
loved it :heart:
I'm also using Canon 450D and your photos amazed me
wow 450D can do shots like this! awesome!
StudioAdVentures Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautiful girly pose.
Great location, great series.
Terrific images.
abdallah9 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
wonderful shot
great work
beautiful model
MexSayuri Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great work

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silent-Princee Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
nice shot
chkhito Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
sx-canis-lupus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg, I Love her, very good model!
freeemotion Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
i like your photos:love::love:very beautiful
fullmoonphoto1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
dude where did you find a un-sunken ship from ! , outstanding shot !
jeanslave Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I wish she was family:) nice photo
scorpgem21 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
shipwrecked with a goddess? yeah, it could be worse... in any case, the interplay & contrast of light & dark works well with the model... the background also creates an intriguing sense to the overall picture...
xeneras Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sometimes life could get rough , sometimes sweet.and sometimes it could be both :)
TTomky Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Amaizing ..!!
fun2s007 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
beautiful model
SaphurPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
i like her blonde version :D but... good job!
Kevrekidis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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MrsrobertDowneyJr12 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student General Artist
The ship in the back, or a boat =P, and the sand/dying shrubbery gives it a very piraty feel.
ManuelAntonioZavala Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
That is one beautiful subject you have chosen.
Kel-art Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awesome photo....
The boat gives an amazing mood to the photo
Raphael-Ben-Dor Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Kebeca1690 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Maybe she cause the boat to shipwreck, .....could be worse for the sailor!!!! I like the framing!
PokeNOMNOMNOM Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's beautiful, and the setting and pose really work well together.
momto2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
YouTubeKingNick Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
were do u find these hotties?
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 450D
Shutter Speed
1/1000 second
Focal Length
50 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 28, 2010, 3:05:17 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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