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... as the flames rose, he stood transfixed by her steely gaze ...
... as the flames rose, he stood transfixed by her steely gaze ...

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Challenge: Color Portrait III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Lens: Canon 12x IS USM (S3 IS built-in Lens) -- 36-432mm (35mm EQ)
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Nov 19, 2013
Aperture: 3.51
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Emotive, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2013

It's not exactly a negative ... the lighting was worse than I thought and rather uninspiring, so I used a "distored" Curve to give it a metallic look -- I thought this made her look like a statue or robot. I was particularly intrigued by how, using color shifts only, the direction of her gaze changed (see below).

-Handheld, manual mode
-FL 170.4mm (35mm EQ)
-Cloned (color mode) to even out some highlights
-RGB and Blue Curves through graduated masks
-Noise-reduction with PictureCooler
-SaveAs JPEG at 96% = 272KB

File: Nori_IMG_9051invNR5-DPC98

Natural color image:
Curve to make partial inversion:

Place: 56 out of 58
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Views since voting: 499
Views during voting: 214
Votes: 100
Comments: 5
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/30/2013 08:19:59 AM
Like the idea but not sure it's working here
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11/29/2013 04:32:46 AM
Not sure I like the processing. It seems a nice enough portrait without it
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11/26/2013 08:56:56 PM
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11/26/2013 05:02:52 PM
Not the sort of PP I like at all, think you have spoiled a decent portrait here.
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11/26/2013 09:25:18 AM
I don't find the color shifting/negative effect to be appealing.
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