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Miki - Casual I by Kendra-Paige Miki - Casual I by Kendra-Paige
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Day one of my shoots with the gorgeous Miki Sarroca.

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Vision: Going for a casual photograph can be difficult, as often the models pose without even realising it. It's probably my misinterpretation of the words here, but by casual, I'd like to see a model who is completely at ease, completely natural and who almost doesn't know the photograph is being taken of them. I think you've definitely captured that here! She looks so relaxed.

Originality: I hate this "originality" category, as barely anything is original these days, nonetheless, the relaxed nature of the model has scored you highly here. We're bombarded by models who are quite clearly posing, so it's refreshing to see a high quality photograph of someone who could easily not be.

Technique: There is one major thing about this photograph which bugs me. The flower at the front, which is blurred over her chest; the purple hue of it makes it stand out too much and distracts the viewer. If it had been wheat coloured (like the background) then it would certainly stand out less.

As I said though, that is my only real qualm about this piece. The focus on her eyes is gorgeous, and the contrast between her rich coloured hair, and the softer tones of the background is lovely!

Impact: Overall this is a fantastic photograph. You've managed to capture a relaxed, stunning model, in an absolutely gorgeous location.
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Lovely! I like how the focal blur is focused on the model's whole body instead of just the face, that must have taken some work! I like how the horizon line in the background is defined yet obscure at the same time. The makeup choices for the model are exceptional. It makes her skin almost glow. I would have liked if there was a little bit of eye shadow, though, maybe a light purple. I also like the overlay on the bottom, how it blends with the background and blurs the edges of her dress a little bit. Great job!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably my favorite piece out of all the ones I've liked so far. Not sure if it be the simplicity, the natural feel, or the sheer grace of composition. Not much more to say other than good job.
piercingemeralds2 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I love the color scheme in this. The purple and blue goes great with the background and it's even better that the background is blurred, focusing only on her. Her expression is great, looking off into something that we can't see. The only thing I'd suggest is to perhaps angle her body more away from us so that it looks like she doesn't notice us - if that's the effect you were going for. :)
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When the two of you combine; magical things happen. The blurriness of the plants in front only help guide the eyes to the sharpness of the face.

DudelRok Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um... I do have to say that the blur up front is a bit distracting. The color contrast with the purple has my eyes focused on these smudges. I know they're the plants, but... eh?
sdkfz171 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Miki is a stunning woman. great photo
ThomasJergel Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good capture as usual. :)
What 85mm lens do you have btw? :)
And did you shoot through some of the straws? :)
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! I have the 1.2 lens, it's my favorite one in my bag.
ThomasJergel Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D
Also kinda envious, the 1.2 lens is one of the lenses I really want. XD :P
I have the Sigma 1.4 at the moment, it's good too, but not as good as the 1.2 one, I think. :P
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner May 30, 2012   Photographer
The Sigma 1.4 is a great lens, but I admit my 1.2 is my favorite lens. I'd say the 24-70 2.8L is a very close second, and even the 50mm 1.2 is incredible. But shooting wide open, the dreamy bokeh the 1.2 gives is just unreal.
fabiSm Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I am amazed by her great natural beauty
MissChubi Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
*So pretty* Can't wait to see the other shots :3
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner May 24, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! I'm uploading the preview to our secret shoot right now! <3
MissChubi Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! \o/
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
She is a stunning model.
Gipsy9 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Photographer
Beautiful .
Colourful-Sky Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
You're right she is gorgeous!
Venom-V13 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
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Submitted on
May 22, 2012
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/197 second
Focal Length
85 mm
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Date Taken
May 20, 2012, 9:25:56 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh
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