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p.1 #1 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


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The Veil of stars, a nice metaphor for freckles.
Bob
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Jun 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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p.1 #2 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


What a fantastic face to photograph...would love to see a color version Bob. Does she have red hair as well?


Jun 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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p.1 #3 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Stunning! You did a terrific job of capturing this person's face.
Cal



Jun 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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p.1 #4 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Thank you, Calk and bbour. Here she is, right out of the RAW converter.







Jun 14, 2013 at 01:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Very nice in color too


Jun 14, 2013 at 02:21 PM
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p.1 #6 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


As noted, color version is first rate, too. The young lady has a good face and very camera friendly, too.
Cal



Jun 14, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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p.1 #7 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Yes, I like the color version too. But the rest of my images are monochrome, so I'm just trying to be consistent. You know, it's the old dog, new tricks thing.


Jun 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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p.1 #8 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


B&W really accents the freckles



Jun 16, 2013 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Is that good or bad?


Jun 16, 2013 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #10 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Love the B&W conversion on this face. Great job.


Jun 16, 2013 at 07:58 PM
 



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p.1 #11 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


An excellent image, Bob.
The B&W caused me to have some feelings of sadness for the girl because the freckles looked so harsh. She is nice looking in an ordinary way (as most people are), but her tattoos make me think she's trying a bit too hard to attract attention away from the freckles on her face.
Then I saw the color version and the freckles didn't look so harsh. A lot of them, true, but with her other complexion and red hair they looked fine.
Strictly opinion, of course, about the two images and the girl herself .
Charlie



Jun 16, 2013 at 09:58 PM
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p.1 #12 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Thank you, dad and Charlie. You have given me pause, as I certainly don't want to post an image that might make a subject more self conscious. When I first saw her, I immediately thought of the project, Astra Velum (veil of stars) by Fritz Liedtke.
http://fritzphoto.com/arts/astra-velum/
He processes in B&W, and yes, the freckles are prominent.



Jun 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM
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p.1 #13 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Charlie Shugart wrote:
An excellent image, Bob.
The B&W caused me to have some feelings of sadness for the girl because the freckles looked so harsh. She is nice looking in an ordinary way (as most people are), but her tattoos make me think she's trying a bit too hard to attract attention away from the freckles on her face.
Then I saw the color version and the freckles didn't look so harsh. A lot of them, true, but with her other complexion and red hair they looked fine.
Strictly opinion, of course, about the two images and the girl herself .
Charlie


interesting psychological twist on the tats
good B&W but I think it's not so good for the freckles




Jun 17, 2013 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #14 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Thanks for your thoughts and observations, CW.


Jun 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #15 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


I had some nits and then promptly flushed them - you nailed it.
Much prefer the original B&W version.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for spots because I have 'em too.



Jun 20, 2013 at 05:51 PM
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p.1 #16 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


My impulse would have been to treat this photo as I do the ones I take of my teenage kids, and use a simulated red filter to lighten the red spots on their faces. Instead, the freckles seem darkened here. Along with the tats, the dark freckles produce a certain effect, but I wouldn't say it's flattering.


Jun 22, 2013 at 05:02 AM
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p.1 #17 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Stunningly well done. I suppose the effect of B&W on freckles is in the eye of the beholder, but I certainly love the look. Really like the eyes in the B&W version as well. Complements all around.


Jun 22, 2013 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #18 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Just love it....B&W conversion is tops!!


Jun 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
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p.1 #19 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Thank you, Bubba, rbiffl, ksegedi, and Carl.

I feel honored to have started the string of the week. This image also got a lot of action on flickr. Like here, most comments have been positive, but several viewers are put off by the processing that calls attention to the freckles.

When I posted this on my blog, I referenced a project by fine art photographer Fritz Liedtke called "Astra Velum" - Veil of Stars (how is that as a metaphor for lots of freckles?). His processing is far more sophisticated, but it also emphasized the freckles http://fritzphoto.com/arts/astra-velum/

I e-mailed Fritz, and asked if he was ever concerned about taking advantage of a person by emphasizing something (freckles). This is from his reply: "Couldn't it be said that we take advantage of every single person we photograph, since we are capturing something of them (their appearance) to use for our own ends as artists? That's what artists--in all media--do."

How about pictures of nude women? There is clearly no 'final word' on this, but it is food for thought.

Bob




Jun 23, 2013 at 01:44 PM
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p.1 #20 · Caytlin - Astra Velum


Congrats on a standout image! I love freckles................she also has great eyes in both shots

The B&W is a knockout image, very nicely presented!

Karl



Jun 23, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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