Jing Role_Face Painting

© Bunny Snow

Jing Role_Face Painting

Uploaded: February 20, 2010


PG-101 Red Theme

I used the pen tool to isolate and precisely select areas to change to black and white, while leaving the face painting --the Jing Role for the Peking Opera --in color.

The Jing role refers to the painted faces. Each color symbolizes a certain characteristic: red is for loyalty and uprightness; white for a cunning and deceitful character. These can be warriors, heroes, statesmen, or even demons. The Peking Opera is at the Liyuan Theatre in Beijing (Peking).

Initially captured on Provia 100 slide film using a Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom Lens, IS, and 420 EX Speedlite. This China trip was my first introduction to an upper level auto-manual Canon SLRs from purely manual Nikons and TLR.

Entered in February 2010, but my composition wasn't correct.


Kristy A. Keene February 20, 2010

Wonderful! HTD! #1240972

Mitch Spence level-classic February 20, 2010

Nicely done sc idea for the theme, Bunny. The comp is great, and the color on the face draws us immediately to that as a spotlight would. I like too that you included the mirror edge in the red elements. #8401502

Bunny Snow level-classic February 20, 2010

Thank you, for your comment, Kristy.
HTD! It makes me happy when I'm doing something right for a change. And, your comments are important to me.

Bunny Snow level-classic February 20, 2010

Thank you for your compliments, Mitch. I'm learning so much in the short time I've been at PG 101 from you and other members --it's like the real critiques received from instructors but without paying your for them. They mean so much to me because they help me improve my work!

I was thinking of using another image from China which had even more good red, but it was taken at a bad angle as is often the case on large tours, and I could not get it to work properly.

The original is in my China Day 1-Beijing album at BP, while the color cropped image is online at:

At first, I wanted to remove the green background, and then realized that if I removed everything except for the face paint the point would be really clear.

I'm really improving laying down squares with the pen tool, and can almost do it in my sleep. I took ideas that I've seen others do and just tried them out for size. This improved the composition.

Thank you for your wonderful critique!
This is how I learn, and I appreciate your guidance. ~Bunny #8402091

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe February 20, 2010

Artistic use of selective color, nicely composed Bunny! HTD! #8402125

Bunny Snow level-classic February 20, 2010

Donna, thank you so much for your comments. You are the finalist winner of the month, if not the year, and I am so honored that you've commented on my image!

Seriously. I appreciate your comments, because I learn so much from each one of them. I like being at a place where critiques can be shared, which help me (and others) grow! And, I've learned so much from you and others at PG-101!

Thank you.
HTD! #8402136

Joy Rector February 21, 2010

love this shot #8403307

Bunny Snow level-classic February 21, 2010

Thank you, Joy.

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your next online photography class.

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Bunny Snow.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer. Contact photographer via gallery
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.