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    Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

    Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Please be kind - I'm a sensitive soul...

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Step away from the medicine cabinet.

    I like it, I'd shoot at a higher perspective to give less nostrils though, maybe just a slit for form.

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Now, there's a high-key image.

    I'm okay with the nose, but it's the balance (or imbalance) of strength between mouth and eyes that I wonder about. For me, the mouth is much stronger and demands more attention than the eyes. Maybe that's fine. But I wonder what impact it would have if the mouth was toned down just a bit and they eyes made a bit stronger.

    But, of course, the whole purpose of the image might have been to say something about the mouth (y'know - Women use it too much. Men use it creatively and constructively. That sort of thing!)

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    I really like this Raylee. It looks like separate eyes a nose and a mouth are put together in a white canvas. The eyes and the mouth suit that idea.

    Along with the title it reminds me of a collection of the Dutch photographer Marcel van der Vlugt. Especially this photograph:

    Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    The entire series can be found at his website under work-> a new day

    btw, is it a self portrait?

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Thanks.

    I see what you mean John about the perspective. I've discovered it is hard doing self-portraits.

    Donald - I'll play around with emphasising either the eyes or the lips. And you are being very cheeky - you might lose some members of your fanclub if you continue with these sorts of comments

    Jeroen - yes it's a self-portrait. It was done pretty quickly. I had an idea about red lips that I thought I'd try.

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    Nicely creative, Raylee! It's beautiful and a little bit scary (because it's not just natural - hope you know what I mean), at the same time.

    (I think that, somehow, I've already caught a glimpse of a picture of you; so, I already knew that you're gorgeous!)

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Hi Raylee,

    I appreciate it was done in a rush, it comes across as a little too sad/serious for me - but then I never have been a great fan of the reality of the world, I prefer happy things.

    A good effort at a tricky subject/effect though, as you say self portraits are difficult, I did try once and I wasn't happy with the results - not even one I was happy with to use as a minute avatar!

    Cheers,

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Pretty cool. Would share your technique with us? I haven't tried that 'high key' look but will someday. I don't know how you get such color in the eyes and lips while blowing out the rest?
    Thanks for posting.

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Hi Brian

    I think I took more time on the PP than I did taking the photo.

    I started in Adobe camera raw: exposure increased to 1.05, blacks to 90, contrast to 100. Increasing black brings out the colours. I did a little bit of selective exposure and sharpening adjustment on the lips and eyes.

    In Photoshop, I added added sharpening and used selective dodging and burning and finally strong contrast in curves.

    I was just playing around with the settings to get something that I though worked. I had this idea of a really white face with red lips and fiddled until I like the result.

    Katy and Dave - I know it's not natural or happy but for some reason stylised images appeal to me. I like art and music that's moody and provoking. Sometimes I want music to pump me up, other times I want music to reflect a mood. Strange, I know.

    And Katy - who's been telling tales???? Which one of those boys has spilled the beans?

    R

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    Re: Guess who's been playing in Rob's medicine cabinet?

    Thanks for the info

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