The blur or unfocus on this photo makes her pores harder to see, which leads you to believe this could be a painting with great detail, but not a low detail photo or a high detail photo. And, it hides her pores without that horrible "airbrushing out pores" effect you see in magazines. What was done to this image gave it a very unique painting look without using an effect in photoshop to turn it into a painting mock up. (Which would probably make it look horrible...) This type of unfocusing only the edges, and only part of her makes it also look very 3D---so it looks somewhere between a painting an a carved block of wood, but carved in a way that one WOULD have carved wood and decorated it elegantly IN ancient times. I stared at this for a full ten minutes before I could figure out if it was a photo, a carving, or a painting---or a 3D render. It's utterly gorgeous. I had to check to make sure for a third time that it was a photo before commenting!
This is one of the more unique pieces of art I've seen on this entire website. While I do think the quality and expressions are more captivating on some of the other images in this set, I think that this one did deserve the daily deviation as it contains more of the model and looks so much more familiar and yet utterly alien (in the attire) that it stands out above the others, despite being more heavily blurred. It is my favourite of this photo-set because of the prevalence of her hands and pose in a very medieval portrait-esque manner, and the lighting has to be absolutely PERFECT. The eyebrows and the model in general could not possibly have been better picked, either. This definitely deserves a spot in my collection of the most profound images I've stumbled across on deviantART.
I like this. It is rather unique. But I think I have to agree with some of the other comments. I believe this would have looked just as unique 'in' focus. A lot of people say this looks like a painting, but if that's the case I believe it looks like a painting, in which the photographer was being rushed out of the gallery, and snapped the shot before closing time. Like really in my opinion there are so many other shots in this series that were incredibly well done (I personally like R02, R04, R07). I don't believe that this should have been the one people made the DD. Elina is beautiful, and you have wonderful eye, and a steady hand. I just don't agree with this. It's just my opinion, and I try to be honest. x_X
I have to start off with this: Elina has an incredibly strong resemblence towards Uma Thurman. Just seriously uncanny. I saw this image amongst the works at the foot of the page and assumed it was Uma. Great photograph, none the less. It houses a strong old world feel to it, with slight additions that a careful look would reveal. Namely the fact that her stomach area is bare. It is mildly boggling my mind for the understanding of the type of attire that she is wearing. Not, in anyway, do I state that with ill regard. The serious look on her face would normally be present with those of the upper middle to noble class ranking individuals. So, with that and the attire, I'm thrown into a bit of confusion, here. And, again, that is nothing bad. Good job, my friend.
I think the blurriness ruins the photo, in large part because of its equality, which gives it a bad post processed look. It would have been better if it was in focus. I love the other photos in this set and would gladly nominate them for a DD, but this one I don't believe should have gotten the award. Another in the set yes, since they are excellent overall. But not this particular one.
Congratulations on your DD. I love the light, the post-processing and about the focus thing - some images/concepts suit that kind of look. This is one of them. People got too involved with technology nowadays, and some of them think that every photograph must have that deep sharp plastic looking focus.
Perhaps, though with this lack of focus it appears more painterly. Like it's a photograph of a painting. Perhaps that is the effect the artist was going for? I can't say. But that's the beauty of art: it's open for interpretation.