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HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 02:26 PM
This is my first time entering in the artist category. I wanted to get your opinions on how to display this image. Should the smaller original images have a key line to? Is the sizing and spacing of the images okay? Any and all constructive critiques are welcome! :)

*I had to include this clickable thumbnail because everytime I tried to attach the image to this posting it was way too large. Sorry about that.*

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s369/HarloweStudios/th_TheMomentOfReleaseartist-1.jpg (http://s1048.photobucket.com/albums/s369/HarloweStudios/?action=view&current=TheMomentOfReleaseartist-1.jpg)

HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 02:29 PM
Here's a larger image for the clickable thumbnail. The one linked above takes you to a smaller version.

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s369/HarloweStudios/th_TheMomentOfReleaseartist-2.jpg (http://s1048.photobucket.com/albums/s369/HarloweStudios/?action=view&current=TheMomentOfReleaseartist-2.jpg)

Rick_Massarini
03-20-2012, 08:46 PM
I'd get rid of the studio ceiling and all that stuff in the guide images since it's cropped off anyway and really doesn't tell the judges anything- also the bright spots are distracting from the final image. Also, make the guide images smaller than the final image.

HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 09:04 PM
Thanks Rick! Something like this?

http://i1048.photobucket.com/albums/s369/HarloweStudios/th_TheMomentOfReleaseartistdddd.jpg (http://s1048.photobucket.com/albums/s369/HarloweStudios/?action=view&current=TheMomentOfReleaseartistdddd.jpg)

Rick_Massarini
03-20-2012, 09:07 PM
Yeah, you want the judges to still focus on the final image - they have the original reference image to go to if they want to see where you came from, but where you have gone with the image is what you want the judges to focus on. Also - the EI/Master Artist judges are a tough bunch - you can't slip a thing past them - they see EVERYTHING !!!

HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 09:09 PM
Unless you think otherwise, I will send it on with the update version. Thanks again!

Stephanie_Millner
03-20-2012, 10:14 PM
Um... are you SURE you want to go with that title...?

Rick_Massarini
03-20-2012, 10:28 PM
I didn't see a title - what's the title ????

Stephanie_Millner
03-20-2012, 10:32 PM
look at the file name...

HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 10:38 PM
The working title was "The Moment of Release". I'm not sure what I'm going to go with though. Suggestions Stephanie?

Kim_Larson
03-20-2012, 10:42 PM
Or you could just call it "O"

Stephanie_Millner
03-20-2012, 10:47 PM
OMG Kim - I just laughed so hard I could have died. A little death if you will.

HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 10:49 PM
I'm not sure what "O" is supposed to mean.

Stephanie_Millner
03-20-2012, 10:55 PM
Sorry, Brandon - we were teasing you. I'd have you google it, but I'm afraid of what search results you might get! "O", "le petit mort", and "the moment of release" all have to do with sex. And where the model's hand lies... (think Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres' "The Grand Odalisque") Well... chances are that at least one judge will see the same thing that Kim and I saw. I doubt a sexualized title will help this image for you in print comp.

By the way, this is a really nice image. I'm not sure if it will do well for EI, but for portrait open it would do really well I think. I don't know about EI, but usually they're more complex than just 2 source images.

You could title it something like: "The Last Breath", or "Soul Escape" FYI

HarloweStudios
03-20-2012, 11:06 PM
Yeah, I started to figure it out after I went back and looked at the image what "O" probably meant...lol. Anyways, there's a lot of detail work in the image, but you have to look close at the source images to see what all was done. I think you may be right in that it may be better for the portrait open. It merited at state in that category. I'm not sure that they're going to look that closely at the guides. I've got some others that may fit better. I've never entered for the EI category, or seen it judged, so I thought that entering regionals would be a good testing ground before nationals.

Thanks so much for the help! I appreciate it!

Rick_Massarini
03-21-2012, 02:50 AM
For the Master Artist/EI competition, simple stuff that just about anyone could do just won't cut it. There are only a few EI/Master Artist qualified judges - and they are the best in the business. They're giving out merits for the "Master Artist" title/degree - and it has to be something that will impress some of the top Artists in the world - so it's got to be something that is a "stretch". The EI/Master Artist Competition is no walk in the park - this has replaced the old Art-Tech competition, and the judges are serious. If you're fairly sure that it has a chance of going Loan in the Photographic Open, that might be your best option. But then again, you already have your Masters, so you can take a chance and "reach".