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Motherland Chronicles #33 - Ascend by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #33 - Ascend by zemotion
From the same shoot as Dive

Behind the scenes+video: blog.zhangjingna.com/2013/07/m…

For the Motherland Chronicles project :iconmotherlandchronicles: (Follow us on Facebook and Tumblr!)

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Underwater Assistance: Brenda Stumpf
Model: Jessica Dru Johnson *JessicaDru
Makeup: Jenn Nelson
Photo Assistant: Matt Cadwallader
Special thanks to Brian Sousa for the pool!

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I love the elements presented in this piece and truly appreciate the vision that you have presented here. I do feel that there is something lacking in the way that you have chosen to perhaps crop the image, whether intentional or not, it leaves something to be desired. The figure is so centrally focused that the off-screen fabric is a bit jarring and interrupts the flow of the piece. If your intention was for the figure to be the main focus of the piece then I see no purpose to the off-screen piece of fabric.

Also, the lighting is so beautiful and well placed in the area(s) around her hair and her face. Why not try a bit more of that accent lighting on the folds of her dress, I feel this would have accentuated the piece and made it that much more dynamic. I love the position you chose to have the figure in, she looks as if she is floating and falling all at the same time.
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15 out of 17 deviants thought this was fair.

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We see a real spontaneity in this shot, which combined with classic look gives it a original beauty. About the scarf, I do not think it's a problem in this context.

What I really reproach, it's cold treatment model. We feel a certain distance between the photographer and his subject, when you want to feel closer.

For me, in this picture, it would have been better if the photographer more follow the movement of model. To highlight the expectation or aspiration... To get caught up in the ambiguity that is described here.

From my observations, create uncertainty between the flight and fall requires less neutral point of view in the picture taking.

But for now, this is a beautiful shot. As usual.
Thanks for sharing.

P.S : I prefer Dive, personally.
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Slahwrael Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful.  :)
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GraceBlackwell Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist
I really like this picture. You can look at it for hours ... days without even getting tired of it. Underwater photography is just awesome, but I have infrequently seen something gorgeous like that. 
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crayonmaster Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
This is a beautiful shot! :love: 
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thefool2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Wow!
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DreamingLeo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful~
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ilovemyhusky Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Amazing photography, love the model and action
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Chanteru Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks amazing! So surreal and serene. Wonderful work. :nod:
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TrishaMayPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful!
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Gato-DeVerasocci Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Photographer
This looks amazing
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ToddleArt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love thos photographies. it inspire me. and you are an big idol, for me
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ChiaraLily9 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifully ethereal,  though perhaps having the model slightly more to the top (or bottom) would give us a better feeling of floating (or falling).
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Mr-Pink-Rose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Beautiful photo...Makes her looks like an angel!
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Aimiyuharmonia92 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Photographer
love it 
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gozuya Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
gorgeous!
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andersvolker Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Flying cannot shown better than this shot.
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MT-Artwork Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture ~
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TheMightyQuinn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A little bit of Maxfield Parish!
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:iconmegstone:
MegStone Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful.....  I Love it :)
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malaugusto Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013   Photographer
This gorgeous work has been featured here: People and Portraits Spotlight Vol. 77.
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM!

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WontDieACopy71 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Motherland Chronicles has continued to astound me. Every photo has so much magic in it. I could look through them all day! I love the series, great work!
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zemotion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Inaevyn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... I have mixed feelings on this. While I find it interesting how it appears she's walking in outer space versus any kind of aquatic environment [since something about her posture and the arrangement of her skirt does look to me as if she is floored to invisible ground instead of merely floating], there is something irking me about the layout of this. Perhaps it is like the deviant who critiqued this said; you could have cropped this differently. Yes, I think this piece could be more profound if we saw more of the environment, since that would add greater depth here.

Anyway, not a bad shot! There is grace and beauty here. ;)
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burncomics Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Great job to you and Jessica!
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Spirit-Seer-of-Water Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. I love the ethereal effect that was created by shooting this underwater. Fantastic work!!
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sampea Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Wow...
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mk1984stg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
looks like simone from epica band
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TheHiddenDandy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Good!
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La-Artista21 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Juss the way it flows :D
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BingBoo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful shotPhotoPhenom avatar , the dress looks so beautiful and the model makes the entire shot very elegant and amazing! :):rainbow: 
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ThirteenSenses Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful Work :)
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Cute the dress is very wendy like
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MySweetDarkness Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Amazing work !
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FreddyCosmo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Elegant and beautiful...I wish I had a guardian Angel like her.
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guruakki Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
superb ....
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fullerjames Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
very nice

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skittles24ize Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
looks like the ocean at the end of the lane :D
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Roy02 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shot :0
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newtypesoflizard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
YOU CAN FIRST TIME SEE THIS TYPES OF LIZARD WITH LEGLESS AND JUST LIKE SNAKE::

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theWitchofGrich Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
wow!!
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JREKAS Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I like this!!!!!!!!!!!
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niartma Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
can i draw it?
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frankieperez24 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is just crazy awesome 
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NdrN Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Wonderful!
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Ninttenziva Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic !
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xKiraKirax Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like she's either underwater or in outer space.
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zemotion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Haha isn't it? Just a little? I was considering whether I should try to remove all the bubbles and dust but then I realized it felt a little like they could be stars >_<
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Sublime. Deserves a DD.
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is purely enchanting - taking the viewer in a serene magical world in a single glance. Magnificently efficient work!
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