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Motherland Chronicles #4 - The Waiting by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #4 - The Waiting by zemotion
Week 4!!!
For the Motherland Chronicles project :iconmotherlandchronicles: (Follow us on Facebook and Tumblr!)
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Photography: Jingna Zhang
Hair/Makeup: Lindsey Rivera
Model: Giuliana/Ford L.A.
Photo Assistant: Xun Chi
Outfit from Max Tan

Los Angeles, 2010

Week 4!! From the archives because no timeeeee. Can't believe I've even managed to keep up with this crazy schedule. I mean, weekly personal work posts, I haven't managed this since my first year! And that's like 7 years ago now. Allow me to be proud of myself please. ._.

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I am not normally a fan of Goth or Emo but this one made me stop and look.

The all-black figure with white face is what caught my eye. Dark, black cape and flowing black hair.

The model (you?) looks at the camera/viewer with a strong and confident expression but with a hint of contempt. The pose is erect and forward: This person is powerful.

You wouldn't necessarily expect a person dressed like this to be walking in the forest. This adds a fairy tale or movie aspect. Maybe like "Twilight" but I think more like "Van Helsing." If you wanted to take the "Harry Potter" angle you could say she looks like a female version of "Snape."

Compositionally, don't change a thing.

Depth of field and focus are good. Exposure and brightness are good. I would like to see some more detail in the black cape. I don't know if it's possible with the limitations of an 8-bit JPEG. Take a look at the original and see what's there. Maybe.

Only one thing that can be interpreted as a negative: Lay off the "Vibrance" and "Saturation" controls. Oversaturation is becoming way too common. It often detracts from otherwise great pictures. I like the blue/green cast, especially in the background but I'd like to see a version where you back off the saturation one or two notches. This might even look really good as a black and white image.

Overall: 9 out of 10.
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MarcioKogan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Professional Artist
great capture
Denisemmanuel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017
larryowens Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017
Great Potrait
JohnyChamp Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
AngeliciousO3O Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016   Digital Artist
love this. reminds me of Addams family <3
pixelparker Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
fascinating picture. It is truly an inspiration. So gloomy and nevertheless colorfull. It reminds me on a fairy, a protector of the woods.
SuperImki Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! I love the atmosphere
tmelrois Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014   General Artist
Paige-Addams Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014   Photographer
Amazing, I absolutely love the colours of this one
fenixrara Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I loved
Angelisa95 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
KrwaweAnioly Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
so creapy but beautiful
Dimeolas7 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
....amazing shot and exquisite series, 
GuilhermeDota01 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Dark \ooo *w*
mothfly Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
she is so beautiful. it's beyond words. the forest adds a surreal look to the whole scene...
coady2y Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
The witch of the forest. Beautiful and creepy at the same time. Well done.
Warnaith Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Truly beautiful colour palette. Love the feel of this.
HUNTERli Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) (Smile) 
eva-jereb Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
it's captivating, the Figure the posture the surroundings... really beautiful 
gaiden-complex Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is serious confidence in this shot. She's either saying 'How dare you venture into my domain....?' or 'come with me. Now.' She's like some ancient and forgotten goddess of the wood. Love this.

I like how she literally looks like she's wearing darkness - there's next to no detail that can be ascertained on the clothing itself. Very surreal and beautiful image.
gaiden-complex Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks is either saying 'come with me, now.' or 'how dare you enter my domain?' either way - the confidence in this shot is great. I love the cold colours used in the background and midground.
ApocalypseGroup Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
is impossible to resist at such beauty ... I love her hair :love: :clap:
Artenyx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
It's very haunting as an image. I feel like it would be the most mysterious grim reaper ever. Well done.
le-feu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
od love to see how it looked before photoshopping.awesome
RimKello Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Everything is perfect, and even more, in my opinion
slecka Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Perhaps someone's already mentioned that, but it strongly reminds me of "Vampire Princess Miyu" and Larva in this particular picture: [link]
esztervaly Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
featured here: [link] :hug:
DieWiedergeborene Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
JoBeeOne Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artist
I just like the pose, lighting, colour and attitude here. Another awesome image!
LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing and dramatic shot! Bravo!
Angel-Keimer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!!!
korwis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! Fantastic work! :D
akodieon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the expression on her face, the black of her clothes, and her hair against the background. Everything about this picture fits into place, but the leaves in proportion to her are bigger than usual. I get the feeling that she was edited into the picture.
iatesantaforlunch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my, what a fantastic shot!
JohnnysDream Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
world class!
admintu Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is kinda scary! Really... impressive!
trihn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This potograph is both haunting and lovely.
GeneLythgow Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Awesome Shot. Perfect.
LuciaConstantin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   General Artist
Hello! You've been featured in here: strange days
ingmarson21 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
wonderful !
EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Wonderful!!! :heart:
Satsuki-Hyphen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I love the atmosphere.... (*.*)
outis1970 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Striking work! Your "Motherland" series is impressive.
DarkReigns Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
You couldn't express myself as well as I would like. But this is a scene I would really like to make a video clip of. Really good colors that still give the vibe of creepiness.
cloe-may Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Photographer
hello :wave: you have been featured as a part of my newest favourites-feature [link] :)
enjoy and consider faving so more people can see it ;)
Karelliann Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hauntingly beautiful. :heart:
Gentleman-Status Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
WOW. Stunningly mysterious.
TheDarkestCookie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Fantastic!!!! ^v^
lostinawave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Love the way you captured the light on this, and the models face is just amazing
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