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There's a lot to like about this shot :).

I would guess you shot this on film? The square frame makes me think of a Rolleiflex or perhaps another medium-format camera, is that right? If you didn't use film, you did a good job of simulating it. Again, if I had to guess, I would say it looks like an expired film that was tinted, or tinted at a later point in post processing. At any rate, I can't think of anything to critique about your technique. The framing, composition, colours, textures, posing, styling, etc. all fit together beautifully. Nothing feels overdone or heavy-handed, and it feels very balanced. The only suggestion I could think of is that, if you wanted to, you could try distressing the image, adding water stains or burns, for instance; the photo doesn't need it, it works really well as is, but it could be a fun thing to add and would probably fit well with what you've done already.

Whatever you did to create it, the result is a photo that feels wrapped in mood and mystery. The sepia/bronze toning (that's what it looks like to me, anyway), which isn't as commonly seen on colour photographs, I think, combines with the graininess to give a sense of age, of viewing something from the past. The girl's shy sideways glance, half covered in shadow, feels mysterious and, perhaps, haunted. The pale but intimate lighting, the blooming red flower, the yellow dress, and the youngness of the girl hint at innocence—which only heightens the haunting quality. What is happening? Why does she look that way? Is she frightened? Unsure? There's a sense of a story written, a scene captured, but only a glimpse can be seen. A haunted fairy tale. It makes me want to know more.

I would love to see a series of images like this one, perhaps fitting together into a more complete tale. Well done :)
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Critique by bussdriver63 Dec 4, 2013, 8:46:29 PM
“Hey Sweetheart! We’ve got 5 minutes left. How about we throw in one of those ‘pretty girl sniffs flower’ shots? They are always popular. We can warm up the colours and throw in some antiquey-looking grain … the punters will love it!”

How can this image be so very far away from that scenario. Why do I stop breathing as I look at it?

It’s easy to explain …. it’s extraordinary. But it communicates so powerfully that the ‘why’ detail is a more difficult to pin down.

The very tight framing, that slight closed-shoulder posture, the half-turn of the face into the shadows draw us right into her world. It is as though she is just about to lean forward, move the flower and whisper something to us … a secret. She is cosseting the flower … it embodies the secret somehow.

She is not timidly hiding behind that flower. Her expression, painted by the glow and that wonderful gold colour palette, is one of confidence, ready-to-tell, maybe even passion.

The depth-of-field gives enough definition to her delicate ear and clothes that it adds to the …. not fragility … refinement? … even elegance?

This is the part of the critique where I am supposed to add value by suggesting something that maybe could be different. Sorry, I can’t this time. This one is perfect.

I have to go now … it’s time for me to start breathing again.

This image is really quite brilliant. Thank you so much for posting it.
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ammnezja Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
alchemistscellar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is such a great photo :)
Rheasan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
love this
dominikova Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sophiu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me fall in love! So lovely and romantic, I love the romantic theme in your work!
1Eres Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
look as classic painting. very good shot!
adzac1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
a real masterpiece, very beautiful rendering
Jean-PossessedMan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Soft and #Lovely.
KriptroniK Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student
artfile Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
A dutch school alike painting , both dark and dim coated by a master of the light ! Who cares then between the brush and the lens ? No tool without a sight : here i see a young and tender blossoming desire torned between innocence and an held back sensuality , like the blood and the spines of this blossoming rose ! Marc Acquaviva
67thy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sunleess Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
fantastic :)
olgadn Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Veronica-Cos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist… i've used this picture as a reference for a painting :) hope you like it
williamgra Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Onde-me Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
It's beautiful, I love this :)
XRlS Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you think i could have your permission to draw this? please? :cuddle:
Bergn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
MC-Photos-project Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Slightlysolipsistic Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and feminine, Girl was the perfect title. This is a lovely piece of photography!
sandyandi146 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
mrmd53 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely Wonderful!;p
lucia-anhidra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
This is excelent!! it´s look like a pain, I love it!!!!
And the model is beauty, her face is so pure.
caddman Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really beautiful work...:heart:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful work
TheHiddenDandy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
So smooth! The texture is perfect ! The arrangement too!
Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is classic. Stunning!
DanCrystalis Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Emotive, innocent and vulnerable all spring to mind, Beautiful portrait
zonavip10 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
this is one of your most awesome photography, this girl is a great little actress, i enjoy many hours with your emotive and evocative art, thank you
DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
This is amazing, well done! :clap:
RhymeFox95 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...It catched my eyes.
she is so beautiful.
I want to know who is her secret lover, that flower could be from him, right?:D
Uhm...that are my thoughts to this.^-^°
Very well done.
Great work, thanks for sharing.:)
malaugusto Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Photographer
This gorgeous work has been featured here: People and Portraits Spotlight Vol. 63.
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM!

devilicious Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
like an oil - just gorgeous and a killer composition
UndertheShaydeWood Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Oh, so very beautiful!
christophf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
like painting
BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
a superlative portrait! Bravo! :rose:
direbokok Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
very nice chiaroscuro. I thought it's a painting at first. i think Caravaggio would like your picture;)
ArletteC Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
i love the colors and this ageless appearance..the warm yellow tone fits perfectly
Talita-Kum Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Hullek Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work! :clap::clap:
Totsch Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love your photographies - but this is really one of your best!
Alas... it's so... sigh... :faint:
BornFreak Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Incredible photo! :)
ubcakirer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
just great!
LuxAeterna-LuSoscia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful, what effect did you used?
LuxAeterna-LuSoscia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
Dutchdudejerry Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I dont think this a self portrait correct?

Now i've browsed your gallery briefly, before making a comment.
I have to say you are very good at taking pictures, especially the portrets.

This looks more like a painting then a photo, so i think its very good indeed.
A-mieke Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
it's like a Baroque style painting! <3
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