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Challenge: Granular (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: G-D of Luxembourg, Bascharage, my bathroom
Date: May 23, 2005
Aperture: F/2,0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/125 sec.
Galleries: Humorous, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 24, 2005

It's impossible to get that stuff out of your ears again!
I know it's far from perfect, but I had to do it all alone, the "make-up", the setup (tripod) and the shooting.
Hm, my nose is so big that it's impossible to get all of my face into focus :)

Post processing in PSP9:
Channel Mixer (-44/155/51), levels (12/1,06/247), colourize (HSL), crop, resize, USM (1,25/80/0).

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 327
Avg (all users): 6.5859
Avg (commenters): 8.0303
Avg (participants): 6.4833
Avg (non-participants): 6.6554
Views since voting: 3897
Views during voting: 626
Votes: 297
Comments: 43
Favorites: 9 (view)


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06/04/2005 06:28:39 AM
great pic!
u deserved the success!
expecting to see more of ur work!
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06/01/2005 02:48:40 AM
Yeeha! Another honourable mention! (I love that new feature.) And I'm getting closer to a ribbon :)

If you like it, you can download my image here, on iStock. It's an enhanced version, I fixed some details.

Thanks for the many comments I got here! I find some very interesting or funny, so I'll respond to them here.
Originally posted by lynnesite:

Someone's got a really good buddy with a lot of free time. Nicely done.

I'm glad you don't notice right away that it's a self portrait. I even pushed the shutter myself. No timer, no remote control. Just me and my camera (uh, that sounds weird).
Originally posted by ralphnev:

poppy seeds ? .. briliant

Wow, I didn't expect anybody to find out what the grain actually is! Yes, it's poppy seeds, the stuff you can make drugs from. Maybe that explains :)
Originally posted by Titia:

Ahhh, did it come off again??

Yes, but it hurt like hell. I couldn't wash it off with water because it would have clogged the drain pipe, so I had to rub it off with paper tissues. Ouch. But it is a good alternative to all those peeling creams I see my sisters running around with all the time!
Originally posted by o0oangeo0o:

Great shot, although cropping it differently might have been more interesting...
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I now the crop is pretty tight, but I wanted the image to be really close up so you can see all of the great detail, and I wanted to crop away those parts of my head which were not covered (my hair).
Originally posted by tasha4paws:

Real freiiky but not enough sand, should have covered the eye balls, and the tongue would have been good for more points. Maybe teeth as well. And the shoulders, and neck.

You can't see it in this shot, but I had a few seeds on my eye balls by accident. I tried to get them out again, but since my fingers were full of seeds...
On some outtakes I show my tongue, it has some seeds too. At least they're tasty.
Originally posted by superwide:

wow! you really made his eyes come alive here. Also like the freckles detail on his neck and shoulders. nice detail

I think the eyes are what really makes this image. I was lucky to have chosen an unusual setup. I'm facing a roof window. If you look close, you can see the sky and the treetops in the right eye. The background was a green towel, which I turned white in the channel mixer. Again, I was lucky, because that post processing step was not planned at all. For what concerns the freckles...I'm full of those. I'll have to see a doctor some time.
Originally posted by Kavey:

We all know that in real life teeth and eye whites aren't brilliant white - in this image they look *too* far off.

I fixed this in the "enhanced" version which is for sale by dodging eyes and teeth.
Originally posted by rktdesign:

If I had a gallery, I'd want this image in it...

I'm participating in an exhibition next month. This is gonna be one of five images I'll show.
06/01/2005 12:38:42 AM
Congrats on your top 5 Gilles.
Not quite the "Luxembourg shot" I would expect from you - LOL

Guess I have been awed so much with your shots from Luxembourg, I wasn't prepared for this.

Message edited by author 2005-06-01 02:55:19.
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06/01/2005 12:06:10 AM
Cool and gritty. Congratulations on your top five finish. Wild and crazy guy.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/31/2005 11:46:01 PM
I love it, this is very creative and well done! Is that pepper? If so how did you stand having all over you without having a sneezing attack? lol Love the expression too!
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05/31/2005 11:25:55 PM
Someone's got a really good buddy with a lot of free time. Nicely done.
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05/31/2005 03:44:11 PM
...you know...I'm don't know what to say about this...except that it is totally AWESOME! It's a super cool image in every kind of way...the title, the tonality , the comp, the light...if I had a gallery, I'd want this image in it... (I'm not quite sure what that says about my taste...) anyway ...bravo on a job very well done...a nice spicy kick indeed... 10
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05/31/2005 02:14:05 PM
Of all the granules stuck to the face type of shots, this one (I feel) really works! Great coverage, and the color of the granuels / desaturation (not to mention the expression) really make this image.
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05/31/2005 12:43:15 PM
Nicely done! I like the composition and texture. My main criticism would be of the white background - we all know that in real life teeth and eye whites aren't brilliant white - in this image they look *too* far off white because of their proximity to that brilliant white background.
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05/31/2005 10:48:31 AM
great expression, it seems like it loses sharpness down at the bottom by the mouth, but i still think it's going to ribbon.
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05/31/2005 05:39:51 AM
Brilliant! Great expression and composition. Blue ribbon 10
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05/30/2005 09:46:54 PM
Wow, this is intense! Great shot! Good clarity, and excellent color choice!
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05/30/2005 11:10:48 AM
Would have been perfect if you had hidden the neck and shoulders, perhaps with some grey/black cardboard or something?
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05/30/2005 06:13:38 AM
wow! you really made his eyes come alive here. Also like the freckles detail on his neck and shoulders. nice detail
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05/29/2005 06:59:01 AM
My favourite of this sort of take on the challenge, and a strong ribbon contender! A 9 from me...good luck with this original and well executed entry, I especially like the pose, the absolute SMOTHERING of whatever-granular-substance-that-is and the lighting is spot-on.

Alex
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05/28/2005 09:31:19 PM
Muito Bom!
05/28/2005 02:18:47 PM
Definately granular...good job
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05/27/2005 08:25:41 PM
I'm betting this will win ;)
05/27/2005 04:51:43 PM
is he about to sneeze?
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05/27/2005 12:40:00 PM
That looks so uncomfortable. But it's definitely granular. :) Cool shot.
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05/27/2005 11:38:24 AM
That has to be dangerous, hah. I love this, 10.
05/27/2005 04:51:00 AM
Scary.
Cool.
05/27/2005 02:15:41 AM
scary
05/26/2005 10:38:43 PM
Totally wild.!
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05/26/2005 07:06:22 PM
this is by far one of the very best photos for this entry..well done
05/26/2005 09:59:04 AM
poppy seeds ? .. briliant
05/26/2005 05:50:34 AM
Real freiiky But not enough sand,shd have covered the eye balls, and the tongue would have been good for more points.
maybe teeth as well.
And the shoulders, and neck.
Ain't life a beach. LOL (:-)
Seriously though, its great. 8
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05/26/2005 12:55:57 AM
Outstanding image! If I had to change one thing it would be to add grit to the body as well but even so this is one of my top two picks for this challenge.
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05/25/2005 11:04:04 PM
Congrats on your ribbon.
05/25/2005 07:05:17 PM
what a strange, but wonderful photograph!
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05/25/2005 06:32:37 PM
Kinda creepy. I would have liked the granules on body, too, but this shows a committment to the challenge. Nice work.
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05/25/2005 04:50:41 PM
great shot, although cropping it differently might have been more interesting...
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05/25/2005 03:38:54 PM
Wild and crazy and great expression.
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05/25/2005 03:38:27 PM
8 You really did a good job here. Fantastic!!
05/25/2005 01:33:45 PM
Idea, composition and facial expresion excellent - 9
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05/25/2005 11:38:14 AM
I love this image--great expression--nice capture 7
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05/25/2005 09:13:06 AM
now that's just plain scary...and I wonder how many sneezes happened while shooting! 9
05/25/2005 08:18:47 AM
This has to be a winner, great shot, going in my favorites.
05/25/2005 05:04:01 AM
very frightening....
05/25/2005 04:25:41 AM
Ahhh, did it come off again?? granulated he/she sure is.
05/25/2005 03:40:10 AM
Excellent. Love everything about this, it simply works for me on many levels. Sorry, nothing constructive to contribute as I can't think how this can be improved. 10
05/25/2005 01:52:43 AM
Very interesting shot! Very creative, outside the box! Good job.
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05/25/2005 12:12:14 AM
umm... scary :)


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