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Art_Wright
05-23-2008, 01:15 PM
"Curtsy Cutie"

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d153/Rebel-E/Curtsy4.jpg

Art_Wright
05-23-2008, 05:13 PM
Anyone, Bueller?

D._Craig_Flory
05-23-2008, 05:38 PM
Hi Art;

"I Feel So Grown Up" / "Ribbons and Bows" / or maybe something aluding to the bare feet.

I like the lighting on her face. It may be the small size but it's hard to see the back of the couch. You may want to consider taking it out and making it like a fainting couch. If it were me I'd make the hair bow the same shade as her dress.

Art_Wright
05-23-2008, 05:45 PM
Thanks Craig; Mr. Howe advised me to burn the couch - here's the original sans stepmount...

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d153/Rebel-E/_X9L7256.jpg

D._Craig_Flory
05-23-2008, 05:50 PM
Hi Art;

I like the burn a lot ... just not the little bit of detail in the back which I'd remove.

Here is how I see the presentation. I put my bakker saddle on top to show placement instead of using rule of thirds.

Art_Wright
05-23-2008, 05:55 PM
You think I should remove the detail in the back of the sofa, or remove the back of the sofa? This is an extremely rare salesman's sample couch from the 1890's, so i'm not going to be taking a pry bar to it anytime soon... :D

Lorrie_Kennedy
05-23-2008, 05:56 PM
You may want to consider taking it out and making it like a fainting couch. If it were me I'd make the hair bow the same shade as her dress.

Ditto to what D. Craig says. I spent more time trying to figure out what the "thing" to her left was. Then I figured it out, but according to what I have read about judging, it would be too late by then!

As for the bow, I also agree with D. Craig. It stands out too much as a white bow in the middle of all the darkness and making it the same color as the dress would certainly blend it in better.

Her face is angelic, I love the lighting, and it is a great image!

Lorrie_Kennedy
05-23-2008, 05:59 PM
Not to hi-jack your thread Art, but D. Craig...what is that "bakker saddle"? It seems to be quite interesting!

Art_Wright
05-23-2008, 09:04 PM
Google is your friend....
http://home.comcast.net/~barbdoug/rules/ruleswup.html

Cheri_MacCallum
05-23-2008, 09:09 PM
I agree with removing the back of the couch (in ps only :D ) The back of the couch is a very strong horizontal element going right into her shoulder. Or if not removing, it make it slope down in keeping with the curves of the couch.

Lorrie_Kennedy
05-23-2008, 10:07 PM
Thanks Art!

D._Craig_Flory
05-23-2008, 10:13 PM
Not to hi-jack your thread Art, but D. Craig...what is that "bakker saddle"? It seems to be quite interesting!

Hi Lorrie;

The Bakker Saddle is named after an incredible photographer, Gerhard Bakker. It's a method of composition. I have one I made on my hard drive ... on a transparent background. You put a line diagonally across the image from two of the long sides. Then a shorter line is put across from one of the short corners so it ends up in the middle of the long line. The resulting "saddle" is where the main subject rests. I can flip this and rotate it. I have it saved with black lines but change them to white for on low key. I'm going to try to link it for you from my orbitfiles storage. If it doesn't work I can e-mail it to you.

http://s2.orbitfiles.com/index.php?link=2854963597&sid=baf91494f942cc1ddd2e303c23207d56&force=1