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Model: me

© Adam C.

White Sands, New Mexico. 
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I don't usually write critiques, but this picture is too beautiful not to write one!

First I must write about the general aspects of it and its details, and as I do not work with photography I will base my arguments on my knowledge of painting and compositon. So then: the most interesting thing about this one is the "almost white" emptiness of the background contrasting with the darker grey shades of the model's body (you, in this case), the point of interst in this composition, pleasantly positioned at the center of it; and positioning anything at the center of an image can be a problem sometimes, making it a bit artificial or uncomfortable, but not in this case! It worked perfectly.
There is a very interesting gradient in this image, starting darker at the bottom (dune at the front), becoming lighter at the center (where it is "broken" by the other dunes' gradients), and continuing to grow darker to the sky above. The light at the center is emphasized by a soft and clear halo that seems to exist around the model. This work with gradients and lights directs the eyes right to the center of the image, and contributes to the soft and charming whole and to the aforementioned contrast between the model and the emptiness of the background.
Beautiful as well are the textures: the softness of the white sands and the delicacy of the model's skin, both enhanced by each other and by her dark grey shades, consistent and smoothly striking.

It may be a very personal impression, but I like how the image can be divided in three parts (being "three" a meaninful number and having the rule of thirds in mind, though a bit distorted in this particular comment to fit my opinion), which are: the first dune, where stands the model; the other dunes which end abruptly; the sky, which begins where the dunes end (and where we see distant clouds, much of them close to the center of the composition, and a few lone ones above, balancing the image). This apparent division makes it easy to look at the photo and immediatly undestand it and its tenuous and diffuse symmetry, interrupted here and there by nature's elements or by the clear cloth at the model hands, curiously bending to the opposite direction (left) of the model's body, which bends to thr right. Everything smooth and delicate to the eye, no dissonant points. The photo fits that idea of "less is more", or "simplicity is beauty itself".

One thing draws my attention more than others: the shade of the model on the ground being perpendicular to her body. That is the "element of surprise", what could not be missing in any case, what makes everything much more balanced. She is the only vertical figure, and everything else (including her shade) is horizontal. Both her and her shade are darker than the scenery, as a single unity, as a tree growing alone in a desert. And as the gradients contribute to direct the eyes from the borders to the center of the picture, this particular detail does a similar thing when leading the eyes from the bottom to the center, creating equilibrium and harmony. Risking a more technical conclusion to sumarize it all: it is a nice use of the Golden Ratio.

There are not many artists I know who work with black and white photos without being generic. "Black and white" means basically working with light, texture and composition in order to create vivid impressions. "Light, texture and composition" describe pretty well this particular work. Simple, but not common. Quite minimalist, but not meaningless. Direct and elegant. Truelly pleasant, and though it is easy to get the idea of it, one can appreciate it slowly, as happens with so many great artworks from different styles and artists.

My compliments for the model, photographer and whoever else worked on this. Keep up the excelent work.
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Xerxes11071 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
WOW! Gorgeous shot! 
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DaveR99 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017   Photographer
I am not going to try to outdo my predecessor in writing a critique, so I will just say that this:

I don't think the previous critique mentioned it, but one of the things that I believe makes this image work is not just the combination of the verticals and the horizontals, but rather the fact that there are no true verticals or horizontals.  All we see here are curves, both those of your figure and those of the undulating dunes, which gave almost a sensation of movement and a sense of spatial openness.   Even the clouds have a bit of a curve to them.

Overall, a very pleasing effect and a very pleasing image.  Thank you for sharing it.
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Bavaro Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
I like it so much, really your work everyday likes to me more and more
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LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Very beautiful artwork 
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JREKAS Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
I admire her beauty and physical resistance under these conditions I can do such beautiful pictures and so attractive look ?! Yours sincerely - georgeLove 
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TwoS0ul Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Magical, great!
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wolfsbane6 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
Beautiful shot!
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:iconafeinnude:
aFeinNude Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Photographer
Ah!!  That light/location...great work you two.

aF
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:icongalinas-claim:
Galinas-Claim Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Beautiful image!
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If ever I saw a mirage...:heart: Well worth crawling through the trackless desert!
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Doctamagickfingaz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Like something out of a dream
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:icondraechlein:
draechlein Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
:heart:
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melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
:) !!!
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CharacterSet Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
wow! Great work by both of you
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you!  :)
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Edenhurst Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Beautiful scenery and model creating a beautiful b/w photo
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you, Eric!  :)
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:iconmurgan:
Murgan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Photographer
wonderful 
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
thanks, Murgan!  :)
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RickMays Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, man, another hit. This is lovely. Well done, as always.
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thanks, Rick!  :)
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n-l-e Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
great
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you.  :)
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:iconnb-photo:
NB-Photo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, in every aspect.
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
:)Heart 
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OnlyMeIII Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot! I wouldn't change a thing about it. I like the way the gauzy wrap fluttering in the breeze mirrors the ethereal clouds. And the location is stunning. I've never been there, but I should go! The soft undulating dunes are the perfect backdrop for the model's curves. Very nice!
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melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you so much, and yes, you should go!  :)
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:icononlymeiii:
OnlyMeIII Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome, and yes, I hope to! :D
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:icongairm:
Gairm Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
this is just beautiful beyond words
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you so much.  :)
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Stunning! Thank You
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank *you* !
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Ulliart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic. It looks so wonderful. Like a fantastic picture.
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Thanks, Ulli!  :)
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:iconulliart:
Ulliart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome!
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Vladimir12908 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
Nice work!
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you, Vladimir!  :)
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Thanks!  :)
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Neuhisstihr Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this!
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Yay, thank you!  :)
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QNetX Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful image. Love the pose, expression, light, and setting.
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:iconmelannc:
melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Thanks!  :)
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Samarai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
White Sands.  One of my favorite bad movies.  Willem Dafoe and, of all people, Mickey Rourke, with the ubiquitous Samuel L. Jackson.  Really got raped by the critics and pretty much dead on arrival at the box office, but it works for me.  In the category of Johnny Handsome and The Salton Sea.

Did you know it's not really sand..?  Gypsum.

Something always reminds me of something else.  Not that there were any beautiful women wandering around on the gypsum sands in New Mexico in the movie - though it did sport Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in a supporting role, which, you gotta admit, is some pretty substantial eye candy.  

Long way to go to tell you how nice it is to see you again and to know that you are still active, if only occasionally.  And, as always, you are quite the sight to behold.  Great pic.  You do manage to find the best photogs.  
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melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Never seen the movie White Sands, but now I'm curious. 

Yes, I knew about the sand being gypsum.  Read all about it before I visited.  I like to do my research.  :)

The photographer here (Adam C.) is my husband, and I'm mostly just shooting occasionally with him (and Randall Hobbet) these days.  Will try to get a couple amazing shots out of most the trips we take.  It's always good to be back.  :)
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WhoAreYou1978 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
Excellent :) 
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melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you! :)
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WhoAreYou1978 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
:)
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Clu-art Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks beautiful
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melannc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you!  :)
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