Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stunning Serafina - The Art of Erotic Slavery

Stunning Serafina for Sinful Sunday

My apologies in advance to Molly on my verbosity this week.  

I've taken huge doses of cortisone drugs for a pinched nerve that sends shooting pain from my hip to my foot.  The kind of pain even a seasoned masochist couldn't enjoy.  

Prednisone in huge doses like that makes a person strange, so I've been compelled to write. My apologies if it offends your sensibilities, or anyone else's for that matter.  Please feel free, should you wish, to skip all my excess verbiage.  Just take in the beauty that is my sweet, wonderful, erotic slave.  

Sinful Sunday

Creating The Art of Erotic Slavery

Over at my Joy of Kink blog, I've started a series of posts I'm calling The Art of Erotic Slavery.

Essentially it's a place where I can show off my primitive photo editing abilities.  I don't claim any great ability.  I've just collected some plug-ins and software that can help me make my photographs look more like artwork.

Sometimes it works.  Sometimes I just muddy or muck up good pictures.  At least that's what Serafina has told me from time to time.

And there's a lesson in that for younger and less experienced dominants, at least I hope there is.  It seems I've observed some with what I'd call "top's disease", dominants who believe they are infallible.  Some, it seems, want to be treated like the Pope, or similar exalted figure, principles of infallibility included.

I will never ask Serafina to hold back her honest opinion.  I may ask her to choose a different time to tell me how I'm screwing up (I am fallible, trust me!).  I may ask her to express herself in a slightly different way.  But, I'll never ask her to simply stifle herself forever.

I want Serafina to learn and grow in her submission, without a doubt.  But, that's not to say that I can't still learn from her, and grow in my own expression and dominance.  If she's the only one to take constructive criticism, I can't ever be a properly balanced Yang to her Yin.

Two years ago my efforts to turn photos to art, to create my own portfolio showing the art of erotic consensual slavery, elicited occasional praise, but often also the statement, "It looks like you just kinda mucked up a nice photo there."

Believe it or not, I needed to hear that.  I needed to be pushed and challenged.  Rarely do we thrive without challenges, even if they are self created.  We all need that occasional push. Dominants too.

So, I've attached the original too. (below)  Perhaps I'm still just mucking up good pictures.  Perhaps not . . .

You tell me!  That's how we'll learn and grow together in the art of expressing all the delicious sinfulness we find in our lives everyday, and especially on Sinful Sunday.

See the way Serafina looks at me?  She may submit to me in every way, but who really captured whom?
Sinful Sunday

16 comments:

  1. In this case I do prefer the original photo. The original is all about the lovely subject, and the sketched effect in the edited version takes away from that in my opinion. There is certainly nothing wrong with experimenting with editing though.
    xxPenny

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  2. I agree with Penny. I prefer the original, largely because the colours pop so nicely but, in particular, the blue in Serafina's eyes. They are so intense - and say so much! Jane xxx

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  3. I think the original captures Serafina's gaze in a more honest way, it's utterly captivating :)

    Flip x

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  4. Very nice. From that look, I'd say she captured you :)

    Åsa x

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  5. I like the edit, creates an interesting pencil effect but it also seems to slightly detract from the powerful look in her eyes in the original.

    Editing images is a tricky business but as a general rule I tend to find less is more. Sometimes 'over editing' actually detracts from the truth in the image and turns it into an exercise in photo manipulation. I guess the question is, which are you motivated to show.

    Mollyxxx

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  6. I like them both. I feel like the edited image has my attention focused on the entire image where the original focuses my attention right to Serafina's eyes and face.

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  7. I prefer the edited image just because it makes Serafina's eyes pop so wonderfully. But the original is gorgeous in its simplicity.

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  8. Definitely a lovely image and I cannot choose between the two. Both are lovely.

    Rebel xox

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  9. Both images are lovely but for me the original has it!

    Like Molly I prefer the minimum of editing, the only thing that I would have done to this image is to "heal" the red eye, but in the end it comes down to where you want to go with your photography and what "fits" well for you!.

    ~Mia~ xx

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  10. I love the "top's disease" as you put it. Indeed, you are a wise man in taking her opinion and kept help but grow from feedback.

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  11. I love how you've captured her expression/emotion so perfectly with this shot. Its always lovely to see a gorgeous woman sharing her thoughts without saying a word.

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  12. thank you very much to everyone who took the time and energy to leave your comments and image preferences . . . it's wonderfully appreciated.

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  13. I rather enjoy the second picture without the filter she is so beautiful.

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  14. Yes, the original is my preferred photo. Naturally beautiful

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  15. I agree with most of the others - I prefer the original. She has such a beautiful glow to her skin.

    I played with Photoshop this weekend as well, though I didn't think to put the original up. I actually do a lot of graphics design, photo and image editing, in my real life job. :-)

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