I'm curious for feedback on this image. I personally love it but it has some non-typical portrait qualities... messy hair, heavy post-processing with faded highlights and brown tones. I'm guessing a few will like it but most won't care for the post processing.
Lightroom 2 - white balance, exposure, recovery, fill light, blacks, brightness, contrast, negative clarity, vibrance, saturation, curves, selective desat, vignette, crop
CS4 - Dodge & burn, sharpen, size for web
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I find this portrait absolutely compelling, I think it's a combination of the gaze, those brown tones, and especially those eyes. My only nitpick is the blue reflection on her chin, a brown brush in color mode can take that out (unless you you like it of course).
It's ever so hard to recognize, that moment when we turn with a smile into the faces of our children, and are suddenly confronted with the feeling that this child will not be a child for much longer. That moment when they gaze back with a knowledge and an understanding that wasn't there before. That moment when a flash of the person they will become surfaces in their look, and competes with the youth that they are.
It's hard to know exactly when that moment will occur, but in every parent's life, that time does come, and it'll hit when you least expect it, and it'll hit fast and hard, and many times it'll pull a gasp of shock from the depths of your heart and soul.
It's ever so hard to recognize that moment, when you finally realize that your child is emerging from her cocoon, and there's an adult sitting there, behind her eyes, sizing up the world around her, and waiting for her chance to shine.
Very different and unigue - a vision of beauty and grace - a solid image that is crisp, sharp and properly framed and composed - a technical success in every way. From an artistic standpoint, it has significant impact being richly colored with excellant detail. This image would have worked as a black and white as well. A perfect demonstration of the power of properly controlled light and focus. Well done.