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What We See Might Look Bad; Yet It Actually Nurtures Something Good : )
What We See Might Look Bad; Yet It Actually Nurtures Something Good : )

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S50
Location: Home
Date: Sep 1, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400 (I think...)
Shutter: 1/15 s
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 2, 2005

The 5th day after my injury - fell forwad when rollerblading. The contrast of my good eye and bad eye, literally makes me want to enter this challenge.

However, through this accident, I experienced that God wants us to learn more than just what we mankind sees. I can't really tell in words... Maybe some day soon : ) I Love God for what He has planned for me : )

My recovery process:

Place: 341 out of 343
Avg (all users): 3.4421
Avg (commenters): 3.5000
Avg (participants): 3.4189
Avg (non-participants): 3.4787
Views since voting: 1293
Views during voting: 488
Votes: 242
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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09/16/2005 12:18:12 AM
You got beat up pretty bad. My goodness.

I wish you the very best in your recovery. I can not believe that is actually you in the from "before incident"" photos. You are very attractive and will heal from the your swelling and stuff in no time.
09/15/2005 08:40:06 PM
Hi From the Critique Club!

This is a very creative take on the challenge.

First of all, I applaud you for being so brave. If this were me, I wouldn’t even step outside the house let alone post an image in a contest! As women we are conditioned to cover up tiny flaws such as spots with make up. Models on the front of magazines have flawless skin and hair and this is seen as the standard we are judged by, regardless that it is an impossible standard. But here you are staring out at the world unbowed and proudJ
Also, I know that if I walked around in public with a black eye, people would be silently guessing how I got it. They might assume that I was in a violent relationship and would look at me with pity or look away because it makes them uncomfortable. They would write their own script of my life regardless of the truth. Perhaps your image had the same effect on the voters.

Whilst your image is creative, I feel you could have gone a step further and shot it in a more creative way. It looks like you simply held up the camera in front of you and pressed the shutter, and therefore looks like a snapshot. Perhaps a different angle or a more creative point of view would have changed the whole feel of the image. Moody lighting may have helped too, your image looks a little washed out.

On a site that tends to like ‘pretty’ images this was a creative and brave attempt. Good luck in the future.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 12:17:10 PM
I don't see much contrast in here, I don't understand your title, I dont like your composition, your model or your lighting. 2. And try to submit larger images.
09/11/2005 01:07:35 AM
Aside from the one normal eye and one black eye (guessing that was your intention for the high contrast?) this lacks the "wow" factor of other entries I've seen in the challenge.
09/10/2005 01:37:05 PM
ouch...who beat the hell out of that poor lady
09/10/2005 01:30:22 AM
Wow what an image. I think the positioning is great.
09/09/2005 05:33:35 AM
Hope they get better soon! looks painful
09/08/2005 04:54:53 PM
Ouch!!! It's contrasting something..... Maybe a centered image with a little bit more vivid color.
09/07/2005 09:07:43 PM
whoa! A little out of focus.
09/06/2005 08:24:53 PM
i'm sorry but I don't like this, i don't think it's high contrast..but what do I know...not a lot I'm just a beginner
09/05/2005 05:31:53 PM
Larger, please! (I'm sure you've heard that) I don't really know what to make of this image. The subject is very disturbing - it certainly looks like abuse. I'm definitely not sure what to make of the title in that case - it seems to say that although violence/abuse looks bad it brings something good, and I can't imagine that I got that right. I'm looking forward to hearing the story on this one.
09/05/2005 02:32:08 PM
Oh my. What happened? Is this who i think it is?

edit: When i first saw this I thought, "My this looks familiar". What happened?
09/05/2005 11:45:56 AM
Ouch! Now that is contrast: normal eye, beat up eye. Hope this person gets better. Image is quite small and colours seem a bit washed out.
09/05/2005 09:50:43 AM
I think this is going to be a controversial photo.

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