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Stark Swearingen
I like this image on its own merits -- and as the best of the series. I looked at images including the model's eyes, but her gaze was awkwardly directed and it gave her an eerie look. For someone who sees something more fantastical or horrific, that may be a plus. I see the image as a more innocent work, so they distracted me.
The model is lovely, with a beautiful but realistic figure. The faint tan lines visible near her breasts tell us this is not a forest spirit or the like; she wears clothing with a distinct shape. This is a visitor to the forest / swamp from civilization -- despite her graceful, delicate pose and gauzy garment.
The color contrast is excellent! The murky, almost sickly green water offers a sharp contrast with her milky skin and the fabric -- which seems almost blue here -- as well the grey tree bark. The objects floating on the water, and reflection of the trees in it, evokes M.C. Escher's "Three Worlds" -- but with a sylph just off center.
We have a nice mix of textures with the smooth skin, sheer fabric, murky, dappled water and rough tree bark. The eye doesn't linger in one area; it is drawn to explore the image.
I'm not a photographer or other visual artist; I write. So I have nothing to say about f-stops, exposures, or the like. If you bungled anything in that manner, it slipped past me :D. As far as I'm concerned, I spotted nothing that I would change. Color, texture, lighting, subject matter...I liked it all.
Thanks for sharing!
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I like it, it's a good picture of Stark. 'nuf said?

Beyond that I feel imposed on to add additional words to reach a required word count. Hence, Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum. I hope that satisfies your wordiness requirement. If not, lets just forget about my critique.
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August 27, 2012
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Jul 25, 2012, 2:14:16 PM
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