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Jeff E Jensen
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    Yeah, this is pretty fantastic! Only thing I would suggest is darkening the right half of the reflection just a bit.

9/6/2012 2:55:26 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Thanks Jeff...I did that and also toned down the highlights on his 'real' face a bit so it is easier to go back and forth between the two instead of the left having so much pull. I hope that makes sense. :~)

9/6/2012 4:49:20 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Yup, print it and hang it on the wall!

9/6/2012 7:54:28 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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  Jumping on the Bed
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I do want to update his 12X12 wall photo, but I just can't decide between this reflection one and an action one I recently got of him jumping on my bed.

9/7/2012 6:11:47 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Oh man, that's a tough call. I love his hair in the jumping shot. Boot one of the other kids off and put both up :o)

9/7/2012 6:20:52 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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LOL...I think Zain or Elam would be upset! They already get much less camera time because their little brother is just so darn cute. My real problem is getting new shots of them that I love.

9/7/2012 6:27:52 AM

 
Debbra L. Bailey
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OOOH - NICE Aimee!!!!

9/7/2012 9:36:42 AM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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Very nice and it looks great. I would go with the reflection simply because the tones are great and it is a wonderful portrait. While the jumping one is a cute shot I don't think it has as much impact as the reflection shot.

9/7/2012 10:33:06 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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I say do the reflection shot. Then do the jumping shot in a smaller format next to the big one. :)

These are both great shots Aimee. I wish I had good everyday portraits of my boys like these. :)

9/7/2012 3:29:32 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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I like the reflection one because it is so unique, however the one where he is jumping just makes me smile. So what type of portrait would you like on the wall?

9/7/2012 7:26:08 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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I like them both too but I would actually go with the action shot...I just think it's more fun and appropriate for a child's portrait than the melancholy feel of the reflection shot.

9/7/2012 8:04:26 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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I like both shots but like the first one best. I am confused though about the dual reflection which is very distracting and doesn't add anything to the image. Would crop it out and clean it up.

Also on both images, I know this is your "style" but both have that hard light look that is OK I guess, but just doesn't ring my bell.

Forgive me, but I really don't understand how blown out high lights and a hard contrast adds appeal or character to an image of a child. Guess I must be devoid of an artistic gene. I don't mean to be harsh, I truly don't understand. :o{

9/7/2012 9:06:17 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Thanks Deb, Mike, Teresa, Beth, and Tony. I appreciate your thoughts on which one should go on the wall, but I'm no closer to picking one than I was before. lol

Dale it's okay that you don't like my style....I'm not for everyone. Sally Mann is another photographer that I admire, but I'm sure you would not like. Just like there are those in the art world who will gather around a gigantic white canvas with a little red dot in the center and discuss it for hours there are those who will understand what I try to represent.

I'm truly okay with you not liking it, but I'm afraid I can't find a way of making you understand it. I don't feel that images of children have to be bright, colorful, and happy. I can only see the world thru my eyes and a person with the problems I have just sees things differently than people who do not have my struggles. There are days when life feels harsh, dirty, and imprefect and it spills into my photography.

9/8/2012 6:57:19 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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I understand that sentiment Aimee and thanks for understanding my position. I love you and wasn't trying to be hurtful (I know you understand that) but at the same time, feel I have to be truthful in my assessment or there is no way you could value my input.

9/8/2012 8:17:43 AM

 
lisa anderson
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well, from working with little kids, my take on it, is that even though adults want children to be happy and bright and carefree all of the time, it's not always possible for them. little kids get melancholy for sure. I like both shots
ps Dale, you can be honest with me guilt-free...i promise I won't let my feelings get hurt over it :)

9/8/2012 4:54:51 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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I like this one aimee, for all the reason that has been mention. I think your edit was the adjustment it needed.... I like the reflection best out of the two again for reason mention its an original.

9/9/2012 1:01:01 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Of course I understand that Dale. I've always asked for the truth from my Phellos. Thank you! :~)

Thanks Lisa and Rita! :~) Hmmmm I'm still not sure which one I'll pick. Maybe once I have two new images of the other boys I can figure it out.

9/9/2012 5:08:43 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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I'm going with the reflection one Aimee. Sure the jumping one is fun but the reflection one is vastly more thought provoking, I can't look at an image like this without wanting to get inside the subject's head and wondering what his thoughts are. This for me is 'fine-art' not just a nice family picture for the album.
Can we pretend for a moment that this is not one of Aimee's boys so that my comment would not be personal to anyone we know? So I come across this image in a gallery and my thinking might go along the lines of 'here the artist has portrayed a child who is unsure of who he is and the dual reflections adds to his confusion. Perhaps he was adopted and other kids have told him he isn't really the son of the people who now call themselves Mom and Dad'. I could dream up several scenarios, each of which might be valid and this is precisely why 'art' does not have to be pretty pictures and why not everyone has to like what they see.
I could also see this as the loose cover of a powerful novel about a bi-polar child. I am not going to explain that here but anyone not familiar with the term might feel inclined to just research it just a little to see where I am coming from in my own thinking about interpreting art. An image belongs to the artist and what the viewer sees belongs solely to him/her but discussing what 'we see' is what stretches us artistically.
Now I must go take my pill and by the way, I am not bi-polar but have had close connections with those who are.. lol

9/10/2012 8:32:14 AM

 
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