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Kiss Me
Kiss Me

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Challenge: Valentine's Photo II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Feb 15, 2013
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/150
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2013

This was my first idea for this challenge, before the challenge was announced. I figured a speed challenge was on the way, so I did some pre thinking about lighting, setup, and candy. I like to think about candy :)

And what is the most valentine's of all candies? The little hearts of course! So I got my wife to try a number of different mouth poses. This one with the puckered lips and the Kiss Me message seemed perfect. Took a good bit of editing as her positioning was a bit off (had to skew the image), her lips were plain (no lipstick), and the light was a little to heavy to one side. But because of the expert editing, I was confident I could make it work.

I like the end result. The candy and lips really pop. The light is fairly even but also realistic. And the details seem great.

Place: 5 out of 36
Avg (all users): 6.0648
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 5.6316
Avg (non-participants): 6.1573
Views since voting: 1119
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 108
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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02/24/2013 03:19:33 PM
You may or may not be aware that this is one of the photos being used in the online "publications" referenced here: DPC forum thread on LBNelert
I noticed it when I was searching for my own. There were so many from DPC that I could not document them all - if you want to have it removed, see posts from LydiaToo and Mike_311 on p. 5 of the forum thread. To locate it more easily, check both blogs and the main newsletter, starting with the dates when this challenge was in voting or shortly thereafter.

eta I think it's gone now. congrats on the HM

Message edited by author 2013-02-28 10:27:18.
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02/23/2013 11:50:34 AM
Excellent shot. Well executed and processed. Perfect for the challenge.
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02/23/2013 11:16:23 AM
I agree with you about the details and light - nice finish, Mike. Congratulations on the top ten.
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02/23/2013 08:06:51 AM
Congrats on TT; this one fit very nicely.
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02/23/2013 05:55:42 AM
Congrats on the top ten,great image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/22/2013 07:28:26 PM
Nothing says Valentine's like and invitation to a kiss.
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02/22/2013 05:22:03 PM
Excellent! I wish you'd picked one that was just a little clearer -- candy that is -- and centered, but who cares! Great idea wonderfully executed and I could never take my photo doing this, it would be way too creepy! Only minor nit is that the depth of field is a smidge too shallow (or smidge too deep). The lips look floating.
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02/22/2013 05:15:07 PM
I love the lips and candy! Not loving looking up the nose... but still... I like this image! Fits the challenge topic well.

And //www.lbnelert.com/ liked it enough to use it without your permission (I assume) on his site.

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02/22/2013 10:49:27 AM
This works for me.Top tenner.
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02/16/2013 11:30:40 AM
Lips beautiful. Sharp candy very nice. Prominent nostrils, so no pretty.
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