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Marco Zanconi
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Hello friends!

I would like to know what do you think of my pic and how it can be improved.
But before, a little bit of context: this pic is heavily inspired by the work of Captain Dangerous.
She make really awesome pictures using nendoroid figures (which i also love) and shallow depth of fields.

No rush

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FreeTheGeekMan
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I love the lighting on this. Certainly evocative of the photographer who inspired you.

Looking closely the only suggestion I would make is the positioning of the figs arm. It looks a little awkward to me the way its stretching back, but only on close inspection.

If I wasn't looking close I wouldn't have even thought of this and tbh I could be wrong LOL. Overall I love the relaxing idilic feel of the scene

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Lervly photo. Great feel.

I'm always picky about blown highlights. I think its ok when you blow out most of the photo and leave a few dark details, but if there are just a few blown highlights and lots of midrange detail it looks weird. 

Easy fix in PP.

And second to that arm. But i totally understand the constraints of minifig limbs. So it's ok... i didn't even notice it until i read the first critique.

 
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Marco Zanconi
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I must admit i was a bit lazy with the posing, even the legs are bothering me!!!
Thanks for the feedback, i've learned that i should not take pictures if i'm lazy in that particular moment! ????

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Four Bricks Tall
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I like the ethereal look with the shallow DoF and I can see the influence of the other artist but there are a couple of things that just don't work for me.

I think the choice of colors on the minifig makes him pretty much disappear into the wood behind him. There's little contrast there.

Coupled with the very strong highlight on the left, I find my mind struggling to go to the subject. My eye just goes to the highlight every time.

So while idyllic in scene, it's a bit stressful for my brain. This could have been your intention though. Who knows? ????

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Marco Zanconi
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Not at all ???? 

Thanks for the feedback, maybe next time i will pay attention to the highlights and where the viewer's eye will go and build more contrast with the main subject.

Great feedback!

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Foolish Bricks
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Hi Marco,

I'll just jump in here with my take on things. First of I like the serenity of the scene, for some reason a bunny will add to that feeling too. Love the colors and the brightness of the scene.

agree with the posing of the arms.

Just like Anna's eye's, my eyes are wandering the image too. I don't necessarily agree on the colors of the minifig though. For me the problem in this image is the focus. Nothing in this image seems to be crisp and sharp, so I don't know what to focus on. Combining that with the strong highlight,I agree with Anna, I might decrease the highlight somewhat too and see if the main character can be lighted a bit more 'exciting' (whatever that may mean ????)

Furthermore two things I noticed which can go both way;

- Why the fishing rod if there is no water in sight (it could be implied, but does it add . to the scene?)

- There see to be some particles above the minifig and the wood which seem to be moving... it gives me the impression of a storm/ strong wind and decreases the feeling of serenity to me. Though it does add a bit of mystery on what might be going on... 

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Marco Zanconi
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Again you guys spotted all my laziness in this pic ???? 

You can't see the water because i haven't put anything to simulate a lake or river because i wanted a quick setup. Shame on me!!!!
I KNEW there were no water and in my opinion this has affected a lot the final image, just because i knew it was not there!!!!
This strengthen my belief that every detail matters, even if is not in camera.

About the particles you're right, i wanted to add some kind of "fairy dust" but i can see now that looks more like a "thunderstorm dust" ???? 

Thanks for the feedback!

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 Anonymous
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Why don't we just take this the completely opposite direction.... scrap the rod, film noir it up, monty python filter the bunny, and Dali melt the whole thing a little.

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Marco Zanconi
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A-ha this is a change of game! I like your editing, but the bunny is EPIC ???? 

The mood is now "what a terrific times ahead!".
We should make some challenge: "change the meaning of a picture only through editing". First place fir this one!

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 Anonymous
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That actually sounds like a ton of fun.... don't forget it.

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Four Bricks Tall
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I've been wanting to do this! Yay! Let's.

Any limitation or anything goes? 

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 Anonymous
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I'd say anything goes... but.... what about photos.... should it be a collaberative thing where we trade photos? Or is there one photo that everyone gets to rework? Also, mobile editing only or Desktop PS allowed. I know not everyone has PS... but that's not totally necessary so even that i think would be fair enough to allow anything. I did that photo all on mobile, so it's not like major changes aren't doable on mobile.

Why stifle creativity. I think the whole concept of the challenge is to go wold with any tool you have to totaly change the feel.

Judging the results is extrememly subjective anyway... 

No rules, more fun, unless the limitations are the challenge.... but i don't think that is so in this case.

 

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Four Bricks Tall
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How about the OP defines the rules, and can say no rules?

Because I will cut you if any of you add Star Wars to my photos ????????

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Foolish Bricks
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???? ???? 

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FreeTheGeekMan
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Posted by: Four Bricks Tall

How about the OP defines the rules, and can say no rules?

Because I will cut you if any of you add Star Wars to my photos ????????

???????? I would be tempted to take part just to do this. Though you are quite scary ????????

It's a cool idea though and I do agree that OP should gets to define the rules. Is this to be a timed challenge or just a new section we add to the forum where people can post a photo for others to have a go at editing?

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Foolish Bricks
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I'd say anything goes except for when the OP states the rules on his/ her image.

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 Anonymous
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So is this an ongoing forum callenge or a broader public challenge?

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