Who Cares ?

Milana New Hair Jayna

I am pretty depressed when I am looking at the above picture. At the beginning, I only wanted to make a quick picture of a new hair release from Milana. This Jayna style is cute yet sexy at the same time. So, to show my Plurk time line, I have taken a quick shot, gone to Photoshop, cropped, dodged and burned in tenty seconds top, hit auto tone, auto contrast, resized it down to a 1024×1280 and posted it on Flickr and Plurk.

Five minutes later, I had comments saying it is gorgeous, blabla. Yeah, thanks,… I like it too. So why am I depressed? It took me two minutes to make that picture! Lately, I have been wasting a lot of time trying to improve my pictures by postprocessing them. You just have no idea how much I can clean a picture before doing anything. Then, I am playing with dodge and burn, curves (I am actualy abusing of curves) and in the end, I am never happy with the result. For sure, I am adding some dimension to the picture and it is shiny but I am loosing so much more details. The skins are awful, way too bright, too pale. I try and I try and I try to no avail.

Today, at work, I have done something I usualy avoid as I do not like to mix lives :I have watched my blog. Now, ok, the screen at my work is probably of pretty bad quality but are all my pictures looking that red for a lot of people? It is ugly. Not what I see when I am at home, but still. I do not want anyone to see that.

There are a lot of bad things in this picture. Tiny jagged edges I should have smudged, contour I should have liquified, black lines I should have blent. But who cares? Noone seems to see that.

If you want to take that kind of picture, here are my super secrets:
1. Windlight: I have used the same basic windlight setting I always do. You can download it here. Modify it for the face to be in the shadows instead of in the light.
2. Take huge size PNG snapshots you save on your computer. Original was 4000*6000 pixels. Yes, I can make you crash. I am using Firestorm viewer. I actualy think it takes crappy shots with splotches of green and pink light everywhere but at least I don’t crash.
3. Crop the pic to frame it better.
4. Quick dodge and burn on a overlayed 50% grey layer
5. Hit auto tone, auto contrast
Done!

But yeah… the hair style is cool!

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Ava Med Red 0
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Parchment (S)
Hair: (Milana) Jayna – Dark Blondes
Jacket: (TokiD) Haru Jacket_Large (black)

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Eggplant

Hello,

Eggplant Portrait

For the 52 weeks of color challenge eggplant, I will start with these fabulous eyes from FASHISM. They just have everything you are looking for: details, rich colors in a wide variety, depth, reflections, they come in five different sizes. The eyes are complimented by a new make-up from elymode and PXL Linda G3 with lilac lipstick to create an harmony of purples.

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I’ve been wearing this new print dress from MichaMi for 3 days already. I adore this dress and the vintage feeling it has. I am wearing socks from Mushie in light grey and the Gos Curvaceous boots in grey as I wanted neutral colors accessories to emphasize the effect of the print of the dress.

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I am also wearing the d’Jango necklace and bangles in silver from MOOD Jewelry, a simple and elegant set which completes the look pretty nicely.

Credits:

Skin: [PXL] Linda G3 SK LillacLips MEB
Shape: ** Dunes ** Custom made
Eyes Make-up: *elymode* makeup – purple frost – 1
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Deep (S)
Hair: (Milana) Lynn [Roots] – Poppy
Dress: MichaMi: Print Dress Sleeve in Plum
Socks: Mushie :: k&k Sexy Socks – Light Gray
Bangles: > alaMood alaMood < d'Jango Silver – Layered Necklace
Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot
Poses: Glitterati

Bye bye,

Tana