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Motherland Chronicles 7 - Self Portrait in Water by zemotion Motherland Chronicles 7 - Self Portrait in Water by zemotion
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Photography: Jingna Zhang
Photo Assistant: Ngoc Vu

We ferried water in containers for 2 hours to fill and drain the kiddy pool because I forgot to get a hose. T__T;;;

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:iconrayneinshadow:
Critique by RayneInShadow Mar 18, 2013, 7:00:59 PM
Absolutely breathtaking! This is one of the best pieces of yours that I've come across, and that's saying something! Your skills are amazing, and this is one of the first things to catch my eye in my notifications! The colors are beautiful, and they match in such a powerfully elegant way! The snowy skin is such a lovely contrast to the black background.

Model: Best choice you could've made!
Colors: Again, best possible choices!
Makeup: So simple, yet elegant. Truly stunning and beautiful!
Pose: Perfect!
Accessories! Not too overpowering, but not easily overlooked!

All in all, this piece is a 5/5 in each category! There is nothing to change, really. :meow:
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:icondensito:
Very cool, I think its one of you better self portraits.

Colors and composition are nice , love the illusion of the flowers "dipping" a little under.

As a comment: I wouldn't have created the un-sharp illusion on the pink flowers in the lower part and in general the flowers look old/not fresh to me.

So for me as a rating:4/5

The facial part: nice color and expression
General lighting: a little flat, but goes with the atmosphere Color and composition very good! But the flower part could use a little more attention.

Great Work, hope to see more of it soon !
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nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow beautiful.i love the concept.i would like to ask permission to
 make this as my drawing reference.and i will make sure all credits goes to everyone who made this photo possible.thank you.
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:icontygahman:
Tygahman Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept!
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:iconminorfiction:
MinorFiction Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! WOW! WOW!
Powerful image! You really suffered for your art and that suffering bore forth great fruit. Such wonderful flowers and that face, that flawless porcelain face is the loveliest bloom of them all.
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:iconcyphlon:
cyphlon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
SO GOOD!
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:iconkaykayiscrazy:
Kaykayiscrazy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is pretty, and really interesting to look at!! The contrast between the flowers and your face really makes this pop :aww: Great photo :clap:
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:iconshamrock-kiss:
Shamrock-Kiss Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Perfect amount of submersion.   
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:iconabetwabe:
Abetwabe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
How.....how did you do that? :O Looks like a painting.
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:iconjobeeone:
JoBeeOne Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Artist
This one of my favourites so far. It has a wonderful ethereal quality about it yet the colours are strong. I also get a very vintage feel from the colour and tone. I quite like the way your hair changes texture as it floats under the water.
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:icone-bonny:
e-bonny Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
sort of reminds me of ophelia :)
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:iconjonesblachowicz:
jonesblachowicz Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Photographer
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:iconadrianbello:
AdrianBello Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Photographer
Absolutely stunning, as always! I adore the crispness and luminosity.
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:iconloochi:
Loochi Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured in my Journal [link] :aww:
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:iconhell-means-life:
Hell-Means-life Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I like this one a lot more that the other one, this one is more unique and you are a vastly beautiful woman. I also applaud your dedication to getting these shots and i hope you didn't get a cold from the chilly water!
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:iconhewiebelli:
HewieBelli Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE U !!
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:icongolden-acorn:
golden-acorn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
That's incredible. It took me a while to realize it was an aerial view, looking down at you in the water.
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:iconmarkus43:
Markus43 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravo on the series!
A fantastic challenge !
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:iconmelii-lilyy:
melii-lilyy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Quelle pureté, c'est magnifique !
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:icongaladiera:
Galadiera Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Great work!
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:iconmippieart:
mippieArt Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi :wave: you were featured here [link]
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:iconkiwikassa:
KiwiKassa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my faves in your gallery. I love how you always get the tones and colours to match just right <3
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:icongabcraft:
Gabcraft Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. Reminds me of Ophelia.
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:iconchibibichi:
chibibichi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow I love this! It's almost like a painting, so surreal
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:iconaislyn26:
aislyn26 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist
I had to do a double take on this. Extremely eye catching piece!
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:iconbluepheonyx96:
Bluepheonyx96 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeoussss!!!!
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:iconmirabea:
MiraBea Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
just... wow... you look like a person laid to rest in piece by her most beloved people... so sad yet so beautiful...
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:iconxandory:
Xandory Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously trippy!
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:iconkaush:
kaush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply amazing!
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:iconhyedaa:
HyeDaa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything is beautiful, reminds me of the poster of Melancholia
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:iconkaza-kaizen:
Kaza-kaizen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
very nice
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:iconraquelblanco:
RaquelBlanco Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is very well done
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:iconwickedz:
wickedz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Ah, not much else to say after the critique haha. Exploring or experimenting something new is always fun and adventurous! Beautiful self-portrait! Makes me want to dye my hair blue too *0* I enjoyed reading the process on your blog. It opened my mind to whole new level about photography, sets, and photographer themselves xD
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured! : [link]
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saramonster483 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
The pic is gorgeous, all though i could wish I saw more of the neck, and i think the makeup could be a little more dramatic, or not dramatic at all. I think the makeup looks a little unfinished. That being said, it's one of my favorite pictures ever.
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lamperouge0 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
So beautiful! I like the way the hair swirls and kind of fades away at the back.
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:iconkuroihanazono:
KuroiHanazono Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
beautiful
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:iconkazumiakai:
KazumiAkai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is stunning!!
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:iconallyhodges:
allyhodges Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
The bue part of the hair is AWESOME! Oh, now I see what you did!! Very clever! Beautiful image. :)
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:iconappa-appa-away:
appa-appa-away Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant work!
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GrantHillsdale Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Nice
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:iconqinni:
Qinni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love the transition in the hair~! although I wish i still had the illusion that your hair's just floating by itself but now i can't shake the fact that I know you're in water D;
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:iconaweldeng:
aweldeng Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
really beauiful great art
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What amazing work. It's beautiful.
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:iconroy02:
Roy02 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :)
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AnglAlejandro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting!!!
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:iconfredscosplays:
Fredscosplays Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you manage to get that dark background in a kidy pool?
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:icondensito:
Densito Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very cool, I think its one of you better self portraits.

Colors and composition are nice , love the illusion of the flowers "dipping" a little under.

As a comment: I wouldn't have created the un-sharp illusion on the pink flowers in the lower part and in general the flowers look old/not fresh to me.

So for me 4/5 The facial part, general lighting, color and composition very good and the flower part could use a little more attention
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Simply stunning.


Two hours! Never has a kiddie pool seemed so large, I bet. :)
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HollyCromerPhoto Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is my favorite one from this set... so beautiful and haunting
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:iconzemotion:
zemotion Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconwantingtobreakfree:
wantingtobreakfree Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Photographer
It's beautiful :D
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