"Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind doors, and fight battles nobody knows about."

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Canon EOS 650D
M Mode
F/5.6
100 sec.
ISO 400
24mm
Edited in LR & PS

I added grain to give it more of a grunge, cold, textured feel. I felt it added to the vulnerability of the image.

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Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 22, 2016 at 21:53
Yea I was wondering whether the vignette would work. Maybe work on the lines of the tiles then to make them slightly less noticeable. Only slightly though. The line at the front is the most distracting, but should still be there as a leading line. Just not as pronounced. But otherwise I reeeeaaaaallllly like this one!
Comment by Amy McGinley on February 22, 2016 at 21:43

Thank you Leon :-)

Comment by Amy McGinley on February 22, 2016 at 21:43

Thanks for the feed back Nadia, yes I do agree about the tap :-) And will definitely see what blur does to add to the picture. But I did try it with a vignette and it didn't work for me, I am going for a more lonely, sterile, empty feeling and the vignette took away from that I felt. 

Comment by LEON PELSER on February 22, 2016 at 21:23

Ek hou hiervan en van die kommentaar onderaan jou foto!!...briljant...

Comment by Nadia de Lange on February 22, 2016 at 18:37

I like this shot better than the other one. The tears are too extreme for me, but they get the message across. I like the tight crop, really confining her to the corner of the frame, feeling trapped and confined in her unhappiness. The tap is very distracting so I agree with Kevin that it needs to go. I really like the grainy edit on this one, it looks like a charcoal drawing which is very cool. But I think a vignette will work, with some blur added. Just to remove the distractions a bit.

Comment by Amy McGinley on February 22, 2016 at 10:54

Thank you for your critiques and feed back, truly appreciate it. I have to say I was in two minds about the tap, but I see now that it is rather distracting from the image. And I didn't even think of adding blur, will try that out :-)

And thank you Kevin, appreciate it.  

Comment by Kevin Richards on February 22, 2016 at 10:10

The theme of both your uploads is the same, but the images themselves to me tell their story in very different ways and I would rather look at them individually;

This image is very striking and the edit you have gone for adds to the impact. It is grungy, dark and emotional. It stirs feelings that are familiar to every human being. Vulnerable feelings, most tend to hold close and not let the world see. As artists, photographers get to express these feelings and place a piece of themselves in their work and for this I salute your bravery. Critiquing an image like this can be difficult as one has to separate themselves from any emotional attachment and study the image for what it is. A communication between the creator and the observer. In this case and very direct and personal communication. And a very successful one at that. There are things that do bother a bit. The tap for instance is in an unfortunate position and is a bit distracting and the foreground could do with some blur or darkening to keep the eye more on the subject, but these are small things that do not in any way detract from your message. Very well done and our sympathies and condolences on the tragic loss of a friend. 

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