Originally posted by mariuca:
Are we used to see mostly sharp photographs nowadays? Are the new processing styles influencing our taste too much? I liked a lot your entry but this one, the original, has some qualities that are lost after processing. Yes, the original has more life and is painterly in the best sense of the word; it has a "sfumato" quality, a sweetness and veracity deeply moving. Certainly it's an exercise worth talking about more
Have to add that some of the processing described could be applied sparingly, not on the entire image.
I really appreciate your feedback. While I process my portraits, I tend to get lost in the moment. Sometimes I have a particular look I am going for, while other times it just happens. Letting up a little on the "processing" throttle isn't a bad idea. :)