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Motherland Chronicles 7 - Self Portrait in Water

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Photography: Jingna Zhang
Photo Assistant: Ngoc Vu

We ferried water in containers for 2 hours to fill and drain the kiddy pool because I forgot to get a hose. T__T;;;

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Mysteriously beautiful and stunning piece, especially after reading about the time and effort you put into it. You work so hard on your photos and always attempt to try something fun and different. By telling the viewers the process you went through for your photo really lets us know you're a dedicated and passionate photographer.

There is a lot of balance and contrast as well as value in this piece. The faded and dark background really brings forth the foreground. The faded free floating blue tips of the hair that blends into the other light source really creates a unique illusion and feeling.

Even though there are lots of flowers and hair in the photo, the colors are not empowering like the make up on the face. Even though there are blue tips, they remain in the background, faded , whereas the rest (front) is a color similar to the face. It gives the sense of background and foreground play. There is little to no distractions to the main focus, despite all the other possible subjects in the photo. In result, the face will remain the center of attention. Self-portrait indeed <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

If it weren't for the fact that you mentioned that it's water shoot, I wouldn't have known. That can be a good thing. It create an illusion that seems surreal.

What I personally have an issue with is the sharpness of the photo. I think it's a tad bit too strong and makes the photo look a little too flat. Either way, magnificent work.
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Very cool, I think its one of you better self portraits.

Colors and composition are nice , love the illusion of the flowers "dipping" a little under.

As a comment: I wouldn't have created the un-sharp illusion on the pink flowers in the lower part and in general the flowers look old/not fresh to me.

So for me as a rating:4/5

The facial part: nice color and expression
General lighting: a little flat, but goes with the atmosphere Color and composition very good! But the flower part could use a little more attention.

Great Work, hope to see more of it soon !
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Absolutely breathtaking! This is one of the best pieces of yours that I've come across, and that's saying something! Your skills are amazing, and this is one of the first things to catch my eye in my notifications! The colors are beautiful, and they match in such a powerfully elegant way! The snowy skin is such a lovely contrast to the black background.

Model: Best choice you could've made!
Colors: Again, best possible choices!
Makeup: So simple, yet elegant. Truly stunning and beautiful!
Pose: Perfect!
Accessories! Not too overpowering, but not easily overlooked!

All in all, this piece is a 5/5 in each category! There is nothing to change, really. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":meow:" title="Meow :3"/>
nakedcrayon23's avatar
wow beautiful.i love the concept.i would like to ask permission to
 make this as my drawing reference.and i will make sure all credits goes to everyone who made this photo possible.thank you.
Tygahman's avatar
Great concept!
MinorFiction's avatar
Powerful image! You really suffered for your art and that suffering bore forth great fruit. Such wonderful flowers and that face, that flawless porcelain face is the loveliest bloom of them all.
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Kaykayiscrazy's avatar
This is pretty, and really interesting to look at!! The contrast between the flowers and your face really makes this pop :aww: Great photo :clap:
Shamrock-Kiss's avatar
Perfect amount of submersion.   
Abetwabe's avatar did you do that? :O Looks like a painting.
JoBeeOne's avatar
This one of my favourites so far. It has a wonderful ethereal quality about it yet the colours are strong. I also get a very vintage feel from the colour and tone. I quite like the way your hair changes texture as it floats under the water.
e-bonny's avatar
sort of reminds me of ophelia :)
AdrianBello's avatar
Absolutely stunning, as always! I adore the crispness and luminosity.
Loochi's avatar
featured in my Journal [link] :aww:
Hell-Means-life's avatar
I like this one a lot more that the other one, this one is more unique and you are a vastly beautiful woman. I also applaud your dedication to getting these shots and i hope you didn't get a cold from the chilly water!
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That's incredible. It took me a while to realize it was an aerial view, looking down at you in the water.
Markus43's avatar
Bravo on the series!
A fantastic challenge !
melii-lilyy's avatar
Quelle pureté, c'est magnifique !
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Hi :wave: you were featured here [link]
KiwiKassa's avatar
One of my faves in your gallery. I love how you always get the tones and colours to match just right <3
Gabcraft's avatar
Beautiful. Reminds me of Ophelia.
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