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September 6, 2012
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Canon EOS 600D
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1/13 second
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50 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 5, 2012, 4:51:26 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
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F is for Fade by Nilanja F is for Fade by Nilanja
Sometimes when we dream we have really strong feelings. So strong that they seem almost real. But then we wake up and the dream is over...
but there is still a tiny bit left of that certain becomes less and less, it fades away and then you forgot how it felt, forgot how it was...because it is gone.

my first attempt in creating something based on real feelings...

for the smoke I used this stock [link] and some brushes
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I'm not fan of the star-system, but I have to use it to be able to submit the critique. Please understand that it's the text that counts, not the stars.

As I see this image you want help with how you can make it better and as I read the photo you want a little tad more punch to the feeling you've allready established here.

I'll start with the smoke.
Since this is conceptual, I won't rattle much with the concept as a whole, but I think i would have moved the smoketrail nearest to you(?) a bit up, so it looks like it comes from somewhere with more drama, like your mouth or nose. Right now it looks to me as it's coming from the blanket, which necessarily isn't wrong, but a blanket can't match something living when it comes to emotion. However the smoke isn't supposed to look like a dragonsbreath, so just make sure it's visible that the smoke has an intersting trail, it doesn't need to be very visible, because smoke moves smoothly and disappears in the same way.

I like the way the smoke looks in your photo, it looks like it could belong there, it's maybe a little bright, but that doesn't ruin the effect at all.

As I see it this is an image I would be careful adjusting to much, because it good as it is in a way, but I'd try to reduce the highlights a little bit and maybe I'd darken the shadow just slightly.
Reducing the highlights in the picture as a whole would give you a bit more detail in the brightest areas of the image.
Darkening the shadow would make the lights seem brighter.
Like I said at the top of this paragraph, be careful with how much you adjust it, as it looks good now. These are just some tips on how to increase detail and contrast.

As of right now you've got the whitebalance as it look more or less correctly adjusted to the light. One way to give a little punch to the feeling is the make it slightly colder, so pulling down the temperature a little bit and when I say "a little bit" I mean just a tiny bit, you don't want it too cold/blue. This can be done in most editing software and as I see you use CS5, camera raw is a good place to start.

My conclusion of this image is that you can add some slight contrast to it to add some drama. Reducing the temperature would also make it look colder than it is. Both of these changing is subject to personaltaste and making it colder isn't necessarily the right way to go, but you can add some more contrast.
Remember that this is the type of image which is supposed to make the viewer ponder on what's going on. You have established this effect well.

This is the kind of image that needs to have an intersting title and you've got that. As mentioned it's supposed to make the viewer think. When I say this I say it because this image isn't something that would stand out in say a list of 24 thumbnails - it just can't be that contrasty.

Overall I think you've done a great job, but try adding a slight contrast to the image as a whole and if the temperature isn't working - don't change it.

Hope this was helpful :)
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Zouberi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Photographer
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gooeyshmooey Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice picture! BTW I reeeeallly like your haircut!!
Nilanja Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
aww thanks^^
ciiNs Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Photographer
Awesome work - I love it!
Nilanja Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
thanks a lot :blowkiss:
gapizabala Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I love you :D
Nilanja Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
darkHunTer2009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE IT> :heart:
Nilanja Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
oh thank you :tighthug:
darkHunTer2009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :) :dalove:
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