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"Back" Cover Girl
"Back" Cover Girl
DougPaz


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: My Living Room
Date: Sep 26, 2004
Aperture: f2.0
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2004

Something I've wanted to try for awhile. It's hard to find a magazine that will work. Not to mention a Wife that will work with you! I tried it without the desaturation which I'm afraid is being overused, but the green color of the chair really overwhelmed the shot along with the gold background. Hopefully this works.

Cropped, Sharpened in Neat Image, Desat, adjusted curves and color balance and hue saturation. Resized added a 1 Pix border and submitted.


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Place: 27 out of 69
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Avg (commenters): 7.5500
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Views since voting: 6970
Views during voting: 1148
Votes: 399
Comments: 122
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07/20/2009 04:19:21 PM
Why.. is... she.... staring... at.. me?
07/19/2009 06:23:13 PM
LOL love the cover subjects esp Sex Moves! Woohoo! :-0
08/09/2007 03:19:30 PM
Statistically this was one of my favourite shots from some time ago , decided to review some old favourites and guess what , this is still there and definately deserves another airing.
12/27/2004 01:42:45 PM
that is SO cool :)
11/12/2004 03:10:06 PM
Big BOC congrats at Best Foto, Doug! Good Luck!
11/04/2004 08:22:11 PM
i didnt even notice that the background was desatuated it shows how good this photo is

Message edited by author 2004-11-04 20:22:33.
10/12/2004 12:06:59 AM
I think I like the full color version better, Doug. The upper background works fine. Congrats on your POTD at Shutterbugs today! RoB
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10/09/2004 12:27:25 AM
you got robbed , should have been in the top 5 great job !!!!
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10/09/2004 12:09:25 AM
Well, this was a creative entry and in very good taste. It shows that the urge to differ from the norm can be done by the mere flair of being clever. I loved this image.
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10/08/2004 07:50:49 PM
I had to stare at this photo for awhile. Very interesting and awesome that it matched up real well with her features.
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10/08/2004 09:15:16 AM
Great shot and great idea, i cant believe that you were not in the top 5 ....
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10/08/2004 07:31:07 AM
Thanks so much for all of the comments. I took this one morning before church as my wife was dolled up. The ugly background was even worse in color and the reason for the DeSat. If I had it to do over again I would certainly use a plain background and a closer crop. It was an honor to compete and a blast to read all of the comments all week.
10/08/2004 05:48:44 AM
Wonderfully cleaver arrangement of the shot. Just a shame you didn't have a studio background to shoot it in. Well done.
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10/08/2004 12:32:10 AM
I am just appalled that this didn't finish somewhere in the top 5. I seriously thought this would be a ribbon. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy skiprow's comment. ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:57:55 PM
distracting background for a wonderfully clever image.
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10/07/2004 11:23:50 PM
THis was set up well and I like the subject and pose. I think the light backgroun at top is distracting and think that something might have been done about that.
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10/07/2004 11:22:21 PM
From the thumb, I was totally fooled! Well done.
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10/07/2004 10:48:29 PM
Very nice set-up!
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10/07/2004 06:34:52 PM
Superbly Original-- Great concept and ya pulled it off..
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10/07/2004 05:51:26 PM
I think your concept is one of the most creative of the challenge. However, I really don't care much for the background. The magazine made me really analyze the face to see just how well you lined everything up, and I must say you did well :)
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10/07/2004 05:06:22 PM
Interesting photo - not something i would expect in this challenge. For me it is distracting that i can not see more of the models face. The composition is also lacking.
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10/07/2004 03:17:26 PM
Cleverly done. 9
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10/07/2004 12:35:03 PM
What a great idea! Beautiful! 8.
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10/07/2004 11:27:26 AM
i know i'm going out on a limb here, but, shannon, is this you? (if not, i've confused you with one of the most creative minds on this site.) this shot exemplifies what can happen with skill, creative vision, and experience come together. great job! this is one of my top picks for the challenge. good luck!
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10/07/2004 10:23:34 AM
Clever :-)
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10/07/2004 09:29:10 AM
Very good simple idea. It caught me out too.
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10/07/2004 07:32:28 AM
Clever idea and well executed. The selection of the setting works well, I especially like the harmony in the sweater and the white woodwork behind the chair. The only thing I don't approve is the title, it doesn't add anything to the shot. I think this shot can have a title that has humour or raises questions about beauty and identity. -8
10/07/2004 03:41:56 AM
Excellent. Very well executed.
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10/07/2004 03:02:45 AM
A great idea and done nearly to perfection !
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10/06/2004 11:20:55 PM
Outstanding creativity. The blue ribbon really picks up the color in her eyes. (12) ;-)
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10/06/2004 09:11:38 PM
Cool illusion, chin doesn't match up the same, but it's pretty dang close. Lines in the background are a bit distracting.
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10/06/2004 06:58:53 PM
A rather large stripe down the side of her left arm has been desaturated. Otherwise, excellent!
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10/06/2004 03:21:15 PM
It drew my attention instantly. Great idea and execution. I would only use pure gray background if possible. BTW the girl's outfit fits the image perfectly.
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10/06/2004 07:40:34 AM
Quite creative and well done -- the eyebrow match is perfect :) -- the setting (background) holds the shot back a bit
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10/06/2004 02:44:31 AM
returning for comments.
This is simply hilarious and a very clever juxtaposition. I would have changed the top because of its ribbed effect in this casual position. That is, the ribs then fall into furroughs. But hey, all is not lost because the smart idea of the magazine carries the great interest. Bumping again to 7
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10/06/2004 01:24:08 AM
nice idea, very well done :)
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10/05/2004 09:50:46 PM
This is definitely different. I think the background (closet) takes a little away from the shot 8
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10/05/2004 09:40:30 PM
pretty tricky; the head is a little big but you are a cunning trickster with a great eye for interesting elements, (the rolls on the shirt... the details on the chair)
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10/05/2004 06:53:05 PM
This is an interesting image. The exposure seems bang on though a reflector may have helped on the right to add light to the left side of your model. The hair on the your model's right (image left) detracts from her face blending more with the magazine. If it were pushed back I think the blend would work even better. Good choice of background. 8
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10/05/2004 06:22:28 PM
Verry creative.
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10/05/2004 03:47:33 PM
Wow, great job on magazine placement! Too cool!
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10/05/2004 03:39:10 PM
This is a fairly goos concept but the shot does not grab me otherwise. Yes, the magazine makes her face but why? What else is there going on and there has been little other creative input to the shot beyond the use of the prop. The background is dull and this ultimately looks like a humourous snapshot. Sorry not to be more positive.
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10/05/2004 10:46:47 AM
I love this ! At first glance of thumbnail I thought "what is this". An excellent idea and statement. I love the match of the brow and hairline. The background gives it the waiting room feel. I hope we get to see the model after voting. -Back after voting- bumping this study up, agin nice work.
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10/05/2004 09:42:59 AM
I had to take a double-take on this one! Great job on the subject matter.
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10/05/2004 03:15:47 AM
Clever
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10/05/2004 12:39:25 AM
This is so cool and it was pulled off quite sucessfully. I know it's not perfect but considering it's a magazine cover, it looks REALLY good. Skin tones are even a close match. The only thing I'd change is possibly the chair and definitely the background. Not quite sure what kind of overall look you wanted to give the photo but it feels too much like a living room. That aside, it's very good technically. 7
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10/04/2004 11:45:28 PM
I like the fresh, new idea here. Well done on exposure and lighting. 6
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10/04/2004 11:27:21 PM
this is such a neat photograph. I can't believe how well the magazine back cover and the girl's face are aligned and blend into each other. I can see a photo like this being used in an advertisement in a woman's magazine like the one your subject is reading. Excellent work. 8
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10/04/2004 10:44:29 PM
This is very creative! The most creative in this challenge.
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10/04/2004 07:59:47 PM
This is so clever. One of those "why didn't I think of that" things. Well done.
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10/04/2004 04:20:10 PM
Seen something similar once (with a mirror, dont know what challenge it was) but it's still a nice idea and very well executed...
Also a bit of humor... Great work thanx for sharing.
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10/04/2004 03:32:03 PM
Strong points: PERFECT alignment and darn close on color matching. Your lighting and exposure was right on - her white top has lots of detail and texture. Great idea well executed. Suggestions for improvement: The vertical lines on the wall behind her head are bothersome.
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10/04/2004 02:36:39 PM
Very clever and spot on focus and alignment. All in all a worthy conestant for the Master's Challenge. Started with an 8, upped to 10
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10/04/2004 02:32:01 PM
Whoa. A little strange at first but a good job getting it to line up.
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10/04/2004 01:59:12 PM
Very clever. One of my favorites.
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10/04/2004 01:17:02 PM
great idea, out of curiosity was it inspired by the HP ads that are running right now? i gave you a 7 for the great composition and idea
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10/04/2004 01:14:37 PM
interesting idea - a lot like Alecia's Mirrors entry, which i also liked a lot. The eyebrow is a perfect touch, though i can't tell if it's real of edited (which is a good thing). The 'rest of the scene' could be more interesting (or less, as the case may be). as it stands it's pretty random. I'd likely have tried to make te whole backdrop uniform, rather than allowing the white to show through at the top. all in a ll, a very good shot. i like it.

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10/04/2004 05:53:52 AM
This is one of those shots that I think 'So What' Then when I actually look a lot closer, it really starts to grow on me.

The way that you've lined up the magazine with her faces is briliant! The eyebrow continuing from the real face to the magazine is a great touch! Lighting is brilliant, so is the exposure. Well done! 9
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10/03/2004 11:57:37 PM
How fun was this shot to shoot? It really caught me of guard at first, I was trying to figure out just what you did and then I saw it, the way the eyebrows line up so perfectly, well done. The only thing that could have made this perfect is if her hair and the models hair was the same color or if you at least pulled her hair back to match the hairstyle on the magazine. A 9
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10/03/2004 06:54:58 PM
Very clever, I enjoyed it!
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10/03/2004 05:02:49 PM
Clever idea and nicely executed.
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10/03/2004 04:53:26 PM
Oh, clever! Great alignment, btw. And a great shot!
10/03/2004 04:08:37 PM
So cool and interesting.9
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10/03/2004 02:45:13 PM
A cool idea, and it's actually well done, but there's too much 'other stuff' in the picture to distract me. Perhaps a tighter crop of the face and magazine would have been enough for my tastes?
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10/03/2004 11:37:36 AM
Great idea. Some small mismatches between the magazine and the model's face are the issue. The hair curling into the neck is probably the thing I noticed first. Other than that, this is incredibly well done.
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10/03/2004 10:24:23 AM
Very interesting hot, only a slight mismatch, but I had to look close. 7
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10/03/2004 07:44:03 AM
very clever and well taken. 8
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10/03/2004 06:47:58 AM
This must have taken you a few goes to integrate the magazine with your model so flawlessly. I have to say though that this photo doesn't really do a lot for me... I see a well taken snapshot. I don't know why, but the edge of her left arm is grey... what did you do in PS that resulted in this?! 4
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10/03/2004 03:34:27 AM
Great image. IT may have been stronger to crop it closer around her face.
10/02/2004 08:47:11 PM
Brilliant idea, well executed
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10/02/2004 07:17:11 PM
excellent ideea something is wrong with the colors tho, take a look at her left arm shadow for example it looks odd.
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10/02/2004 07:15:35 PM
This is really pretty clever. I like this quite a bit. I am guessing EddyG on this, but I could be wrong...
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10/02/2004 05:36:52 PM
Very cool idea :) well positioned...I can see a statement here, great job at that.
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10/02/2004 03:18:48 PM
Very interresting. I like what you've done, but find that the inclusion of the front cover of the magazine takes away from the overall look of the photo. It gives it a kind of snapshot feel.
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10/02/2004 03:17:16 PM
a very clever pose, well composed and well lit. I think the setting could have been better owever. The chair is too big for the scene and the vertical blinds clutter things up. I think a tighter crop of this shot emphasizing her head, hand and tthe magazine would be terrific.
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10/02/2004 02:52:32 PM
Great shot! I've always seen these types of photos before and have wanted to do one, but have never gotten around to it. Nice work!
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10/02/2004 02:19:16 PM
Creative and well done. Didn't notice the gray edge on the right arm until the 2nd look, but I don't think it is distracting.
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10/02/2004 01:15:51 PM
Brilliant! I don't think I've ever seen this exact technique before. Her skin, especially her left hand and arm really match the back-cover girl's face perfectly. Did you have to do any postprocessing to match them this well?
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10/02/2004 12:24:54 PM
you get 10 just for this idea
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10/02/2004 12:19:49 PM
Great idea and very well executed, just wish the background at the top was a bit more uniform and in keeping with the rest of the shot....8
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10/02/2004 12:17:16 PM
Brilliant in composition and execution. I wish that the girl on the front cover had been hidden or cropped though. Her face competes for attention and detracts a little from the somewhat startling impact of the main subject. However, the thought and work that went into this shot are very evident and will surely make it a top scorer.
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10/02/2004 11:30:04 AM
really good idea, well done !
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10/02/2004 09:20:01 AM
I gave you a ten. Very well executed photo. More importantly you thought about what you wanted to do and it was setup and composed perfectly. I have only been into photography since May of this year, and its photos like this that keep me inspired. A 10!
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10/02/2004 06:15:46 AM
What a clever and original picture. It lines up perfectly even to the eyebrow. It is simple but very effective. Well done
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10/02/2004 02:26:15 AM
very cleverly done! great work
nice skin tone, colour, and clarity is great
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10/02/2004 01:11:30 AM
i thought that was really her for a second. awesome idea. nicely captured.
10/01/2004 11:56:04 PM
PRECISION! Wonderful concept. Fres and crisp. Beautiful colors too. Congratulations.
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10/01/2004 11:13:16 PM
Extremely original - 9 -
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10/01/2004 10:58:02 PM
Unique and VERy creative! If I could vote it'd get a 10!
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10/01/2004 08:55:43 PM
Very clever visual gag. Excellent matching between model and magazine. Setting not so good though...too distracting. Crop halfway up arms??
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10/01/2004 08:15:00 PM
A very humorous entry that made me smile. I just think that you have too much of her body showing, and that it takes away too much from where you want the focus. I find myself drifting to the torso far too quckly, and the front cover of the magazine is also a little too busy and perhaps too prominent. 8
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10/01/2004 07:57:42 PM
Excellent Work!!
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10/01/2004 07:36:58 PM
Great idea, very creative! The only thing I would change is the surroundings. I like how it lines up, but it would be better on a chair not so large with a white background, in my opinion. 6
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10/01/2004 07:25:15 PM
fantastic
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10/01/2004 07:11:49 PM
Bravo if this was an original idea, very clever. Nice lighting too.
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10/01/2004 05:47:57 PM
Very cool. What a creative idea. The clarity is amazing. I gave it a 9.
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10/01/2004 05:40:05 PM
neat trick well executed - focus might be a little soft on your (real) model, might be from compression to get it on the web (no deduct)
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10/01/2004 05:00:04 PM
very cool 7
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10/01/2004 04:31:50 PM
I really love the creative idea in this image - it works really well. Especially the way in which the eyebrows are so perfectly aligned.
What lets it down for me is the background. I'd prefer a single background, either a taller chair back or some way of ensuring continuity. As it is I find the lines of the surface behind the chair visually unappealing. 7 (//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=129433)
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10/01/2004 03:53:44 PM
I like this....very creative photo!
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10/01/2004 03:18:03 PM
Very cute shot. The veritcal wall detail directly behind her head is a bit distracting, but the alignment and skin tone match really makes you double-take this shot. Lighting is solid, neutral color choice on the hair, furniture, and room (whether done naturally or with desaturation) keeps the focus in the right place.
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10/01/2004 02:32:47 PM
great idea, could itself be in a magazine.. you should send it in to it for consideration
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10/01/2004 02:17:51 PM
The concept and light in this picture are splendid. However, I think the white area behind the model takes away from this shot (6).
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10/01/2004 12:46:52 PM
This is very clever! I think a tighter crop might have been a little more effective.
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10/01/2004 12:37:20 PM
This is an excellent photo. I love the theme... I think a tighter crop would make it even more perfect, IMO. This also makes an excellent black and white.. I played around with it some to confirm that suspicion, but it's just my preference :) Great shot...
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10/01/2004 12:17:53 PM
Great juxtaposition. We are what we read? 7
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10/01/2004 12:17:01 PM
Very creative idea, I like it. The match is not perfect, but I don't care. I think you could not have moved the magazine closer to achieve a perfect match with the face and at the same time have a natural look with a normal reading distance. What I do find disturbing are the imperfections around the edge of the desaturation, especially the edge of the left arm (viewer right) holding the magazine, a part of the hair and a small spot on the magazine.
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10/01/2004 12:08:55 PM
hahaha, never seen this before. Very creative.
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10/01/2004 11:55:19 AM
Wow! So simple but so effective. I really like this little gem.
Background and chair are not my favourite setting but the cleverness of the shot stands out. Good exposure.
Did you plan this out or was it fortunate circumstance?
Good eye nonetheless.
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10/01/2004 11:44:46 AM
i've seen this doen before, but it always makes me smile ... great job ... 8
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10/01/2004 10:18:27 AM
Nice idea. The illusion would have worked a little better with the magazine closer to her face. As it is, the head on the magazine is larger than the woman's.
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10/01/2004 08:20:11 AM
cool idea
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10/01/2004 08:10:58 AM
fantastic.
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10/01/2004 07:47:34 AM
Clever shot. You got the faces to line up really well! I think a more interesting chair and background would help the photo tho, it looks a bit snap-shotty at the moment, in my opinion. 5
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10/01/2004 06:28:51 AM
Very novel and well executed. Good lighting with no harsh reflections of the mag. Well done (8)
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10/01/2004 04:31:59 AM
I just love this. The match with the (real) model's head is amazing. Definitely a ribbon in my eyes, I just love it!!! (10+)
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10/01/2004 03:46:11 AM
Wonderful idea & a great shot. However, I can't fail to notice what's going around her arms. Looks like a pretty bad desaturation job ruining a great shot.
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10/01/2004 03:29:55 AM
Ha! I really like this! Many different ways to interpret it... Plus the lighting is perfect!
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10/01/2004 02:29:17 AM
Good visual joke!
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10/01/2004 01:55:10 AM
Very clever shot, nice lighting, I like it...8
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10/01/2004 12:32:54 AM
Very clever idea. My wife reads those kind of magazines. But I wouldn't have thought to notice.
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10/01/2004 12:23:58 AM
LMAOO, very well done. Perfect lighting. This works very well.
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