Xu Duo

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    Interesting person. Married early. Divorced. Has a ten year old kid. Raised him alone. Starring in a movie that will make her a star.

    This is the calm before the storm.

    Kalbsroulade, Corr@do, geirt.com, and 77 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      Hmmm. Somebody darkened my photo as part of the anti SOPA protest. Okay, i'm allright with that. I'll leave it dark for the 24 hours.

    2. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      How would you have cropped it? Not complaining, just interested.

    3. Ma®tiniLux 27 months ago | reply

      way closer or leaving more space to the left.

    4. cyberchrome 27 months ago | reply

      too dark

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    5. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      I tried both of those crops. For the sake of discussion I'll explain why I didn't use them. Even though they're both good suggestions.

      She is this single struggling mother on the cusp of big time stardom. I wanted the picture to feel like that.

      CLOSE CROP
      I felt like she needed empty space around her. To give the photo that feeling that this is the last time she'll have that quiet space before fame closes in.

      THE LEFT
      I didn't want her in the center because sort of symbollically she's not there yet. I also didn't want to do a 16:9 crop because it's a movie crop and again that would feel like she had "arrived". 3:2 or 1.618 crops would sort of feel the same way. An empty box that had her off center, up against an unknown edge felt like the right "story"

      Lol. It's easy to overthink these things, but for what it's worth, that was the thinking that went into the crop.

    6. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      It's dark because today is anti SOPA day. Somebody darkened it for 24 hours as part of the protest. The text explaining that doesn't show up when you view it?

    7. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      DMU: You can still see the photo by viewing large.

    8. tamjty 27 months ago | reply

      great portrait my friend. nice that you gave the background to her as well. very nice

    9. jay j wilkie 27 months ago | reply

      she looks like she just got a whiff of a nasty fart .
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    10. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      Didn't happen. But you can comment twice if you want to make up for forgetting to hit "post comment" the first time.

    11. Damien Walker 27 months ago | reply

      Oh. My. God!! This is the BEST portrait I have ever seen. You are a master and this is a work of pure genius.

      delete

    12. Jonathan Kos-Read 27 months ago | reply

      Ha ha. I walked into that.

    13. lyinker 27 months ago | reply

      wonderful mood

    14. Enmanibeimihong 11 months ago | reply

      I want say,I really love this one

    15. onelifethislife 8 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! Love the emotion captured.

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