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Reveries Evanescentes by alexandre-deschaumes Reveries Evanescentes by alexandre-deschaumes
Fleeting beauty .. ..

Model : Florence Lacheré

Thank you very very much for Daily Deviation !

© Alexandre Deschaumes
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Given 2011-09-10
The suggester says; "This portrait is absolutely gorgeous; the whimsical atmosphere and the dreamy tonality of the colours seem to evoke the ambiance of a Romantic-era painting rather than a photograph..."
Reveries Evanescentes by *autumn-ethereal ( Suggested by GraphiteColours and Featured by pullingcandy )
I like this image. Now let's see what does it for me.

The model is wonderfully isolated by a great choice of depth of field. The rock upon which she sits is unobtrusive and the softening effect of the moss fading to darkness bottom right elevates her position to be almost floating.
Through the wise choice of angle we also have some of the overhanging foliage at top right being in focus. There is no distracting foliage above and to the right of the model.

This has the overall effect of drawing the viewer's eye through the picture, left to right, top to bottom - much as many of us read a book or magazine, so it's a natural, familiar path for our senses to follow and comprehend.

The diffuse background and reflections in the water do give this a very contemplative feel. One senses she is at peace in this environment.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
13 out of 13 deviants thought this was fair.

This is a really neat photo. I haven't seen a photo pull off this blurry softness effect in a long while. The tones are deep and the colors are natural and appealing. I love the outfit the model is wearing. It's delicate, intimate, and shows off lot's of bare skin. I think that the bearing of skin, especially in this setting, shows a "oneness" with the environment and with nature - something that I, in particular, find admirable and attractive. These are all the wonderful things I find in this photo.

However, there are a few things I should explain that I think would make this photo even better, more impactful.
While I'm an advocate of using natural light, the use of studio lights for the model would have been a smart idea. Since the light is coming through the leaves, you can't control how bright it is (depending on how many leaves it shines through). The light on the model's face is less bright than on her legs, so - on first glance - I automatically look at her legs instead of into her eyes. This problem could be solved by using a studio light camera left aiming straight onto the model. I would have also set up some rim/backlighting behind her to create an outline of light on her back.

Another thing about light is that the viewer's eye automatically seems to look at the brightest highlight first (this is why I thought the model's face should be illuminated more than her legs/shoulder). When I view this photo, my eye always heads straight for the rock face on the left instead of for the model. I know that bright daytime sun is hard to control, and it does make certain things blown out like that. Toning down the brightness on the rock in Photoshop or Lightroom isn't difficult, and it's something that would help keep the central focus on the model.

I think everything about the model's pose is absolutely spot on, except for one thing. She looks calm and at-peace, her posture is upright yet relaxed, but the "toe half" of her left foot is flexed/raised upward instead of hanging limply downward. She may have been doing that because of edge of the rock her heel is resting on - it looks jagged and possibly sharp. I know it's such a minute thing, but details like this matter and are important.

I'm always impressed with this photographer's work. Keep uploading!
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eaglesdarephoto Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so enchantingly beautiful!
SammiJoPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
I featured you in my journal this week! I hope you enjoy it!…
mainescapes Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Photographer
ethereal, dreamlike... :clap:
Sofiwick Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hi! This photograph was chosen to be featured in the monthly news article by our group #Passion-for-Photos and it’ll be also moved to our “Feature” folder! Your art is awesome!
Here is the link: [link]
Please :+favlove: it to spread the love! :love:
xakeshot Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! stunning! :heart:
DavidRosario Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Photographer
Featured [link] :)
mealoil Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Nice, was photoshop involved?
thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,.... you are featured [link]
zoomlavie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Telle une toile splendide ..!
JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work. Beautiful!
PaVet-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely picture i can feel her feelings great job
Anastasia-Mask-Photo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
amazing photo!
Zbyslaw Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Nice photo i like this.
larryhoth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is just one that deserves a WOW.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I love it. It's so beautiful!
passion-aesthete Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
superbe compo ! bravo pour la DD !
imaginarybutterflies Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
CAPTIVA-bd Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great work
augenweide Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
waikikifreaky Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. red heads can really make a picture pop. What a beautiful person to be included in the pic <3
Banzufm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I really love it :)
Marazul45 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful work!
Melanie76 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
atzukhy Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a photography o digital art?

But is very cute *w*
LiveInPix Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sublime !
Mirli38 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very beautiful photo!!!!!
Haydaad Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a-blurred-vision Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is more than a very beautiful photography!:)
kokinomala Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
so beautiful capture:)
TalkativeMute Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Writer
I have featured your amazing art here: [link] :D
xakeshot Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, shes like a fairy! very nice shot!
happyfruitcake Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Zanarky Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a stunning piece! Lovely overall feel. Really nice.
RedMusicBox8 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
J'adore, les couleurs sont extra.
Erael71 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love It ! ! !
yahikothewhite Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW simply enchanting :3
gnohz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful concept, gives me a sense of out of this world :)
ReggieYaco Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Beautiful, beautiful. It is a fav!
gnohz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very good atmosphere, and beautiful lighting :clap:
Just curious, did you use any artificial lighting, or was it only natural light and reflectors? :)
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous model, stunning work bro !
bp2007 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Featured here: [link]

Thank you for being part of the PhotographyUniverse.
Melhildenille Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   General Artist
Bonjour! J'espère que vous ne m'en voudrez pas, mais je me suis servie de la position de cette jeune fille pour l'un de mes dessin. Je vous ai mis en lien!
Bravo pour votre travail!
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Pas de soucis,merci !
tibomas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Noir-Azur Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Feature : [link] ... :)
Noir-Azur Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, DA seems to have removed my journal. I did it again here : [link]
Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
She looks like a fairy, the way she is perched up on the rock, the red of her hair and the green of the glade. All that has to be imagined is a pair of ethereal wings.
huboumele Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
very nice
FanArtistik Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Lovely work with the focus and light. Looks really nice. :)
LeneEide Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Looook, it's a fairy! Amazing!
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Submitted on
July 7, 2011
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/1024 second
Focal Length
85 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 15, 2011, 6:34:34 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 (12.0x20100115 [20100115.m.998 2010/01/15:02:00:00 cutoff; m branch]) Windows
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