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Contact Sheet 65 — Meriluu

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My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around

If you’ve been checking the Flickr streams lately, you’ll have seen this costume, the Crystallize gacha from Moon Amore (available, if you want to drop the lindens, at the current round of The Epiphany).  I’m not surprised it’s become so popular — this is one of the prettiest fantasial costumes I’ve seen in over 11 years in world.

But there are photos, and there are photos.  Meriluu has given this photo some post treatment, and brought out all the potential such a magnificent costume latently carries within its folds.  Some might argue about the “Rule of Thirds” being broken here; but rules were made to be broken in some cases. I’m tempted to tell them to let it–  No; actually, I’m not that tempted.  (Grin)

Any road, the flare of the gown’s skirt, with its burden of embedded crystals, forces an “off-balance” approach to the photograph.  Meriluu solves this by cropping in tight, framing herself between the hem of the skirt and the sweep of icy power in the spell she casts.  The orb she holds anchors her to the center of the photo, drawing your eye to this point first; for me, I tend to sweep around the composition counter-clockwise from there, starting with the skirt.  The off-focus border surrounding the entire composition adds an additional touch of fantasy.

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