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Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2006, 01:07 AM  
Dolls with emotions
Posted By philzucker
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[QUOTE=clarenceclose;8857]Your shots and subject matter are intriguing, intensely focused on point and spectacular in detail, especially for hand held.

Thanks, Clarence, for your kind words - and for looking! Glad you appreciated them!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2006, 01:06 AM  
Dolls with emotions
Posted By philzucker
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Thanks a heap, roentarre, for your detailed analysis and comments!! I really appreciate them!

I won't say that I'm thrilled by the noise in the bokeh areas, but I do accept it and incorporate it in the overall mood of the pics.

In fact I have done 12 by 18 inch prints by the pics I already had in my gallery, and they look really great in spite of noise issues - even one print of a cropped shot; I was a bit skeptical if it would turn out okay, but it was more than okay - this one:

What I mean to say is that in the end the viewing experience counts. The print of the desired size "works" IMO, and the noise issue is really not disturbing its impact.

BTW: The pics really get a different dimension presented this big. Emotions are conveyed even stronger.

And a last note: The craniotomy in the third pic of course was done deliberately to show how the movable eyes of the doll work. But as I wanted to capture the mutilation, not the technical demonstration, I took the pic from an angle showing more of the "craniotomy" aspect. :-)

Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-07-2006, 03:03 AM  
Dolls with emotions
Posted By philzucker
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A few months ago I visited a toy museum and shot some pics of "Creepy dolls" - I saw some that looked that way and then decided to search especially for that look among the exhibits.

A few days ago I had the chance to visit another toy museum, and the dolls I saw there gave sort of a twist to the original concept - less creepy, more emotional and earnest now the whole thing.

Have a look at the "newcomers" in my gallery, all taken at ISO 800, 1/45s with the Ds and FA35/2.0, most taken wide open with available light. The shallow DOF helps focusing on the emotional expressions:

Disillusioned doll:

Apprehensive doll:

Mutilated, but curious doll:

All doll pics at

Dolls Photo Gallery by phsan at
Comments of course welcome!

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