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Button It, Honey.
Button It, Honey.

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Challenge: Buttons (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: Richland, WA
Date: Nov 10, 2012
Date Uploaded: Nov 10, 2012

This one had a bunch of edits, and is an example of a portrait using single frame HDR technique. I pulled the original RAW file up, then proceeded to create three versions with three different exposures. One desatted some purple highlights I didn't like. One I dropped the exposure on dramatically specifically to use as a mask on the male models shirt collar which was super bright in the standard exposure. Finally, on the standard exposure I used the clarity brush in RAW in to clean up the facial features. Once these were merged together I ran topaz denoise, did a color desat mask for the red tones in the male models face, proceeded to do a sharpen, which I applied only to the hair, button, and the irisis of the eye. I then cloned out a few stray hairs on the females forehead and one blemish on the males face. I then created a second layer and contrast/dark adjusted once more time. I did a touch of dodge and burn in the shadows between them and behind the models neck. I then took that mask and altered it's opacity until I was happy with the dark/light balance in the background. . .though the shirt still bothers the poo out of me, as I don't feel any edit I could run in advanced would really fix it. Oh well. : )

Place: 22 out of 60
Avg (all users): 5.6455
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.7027
Avg (non-participants): 5.6164
Views since voting: 429
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 110
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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11/19/2012 02:23:28 PM
Wow Mike, great image! So underrated. I think you did some fabulous portrait work here.
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11/19/2012 12:06:23 AM
I didn't vote but this was one that really caught my eye. The woman's smirk sold it for me. Great job, Mike!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/17/2012 12:07:42 AM
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11/14/2012 11:39:46 PM
Cute take on the challenge and great expressions - especially hers. Voted earlier.
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11/14/2012 08:03:39 PM
I can relate to that one.
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11/13/2012 12:47:34 AM
Top 3
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11/12/2012 11:01:30 PM
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11/12/2012 10:40:42 AM
Welcome to marriage, my friend :)

Great idea, and nice execution with the facial expressions.
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