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Lady With  A Pearl Earring (An Interpretation of a Classic Painting)
Lady With A Pearl Earring (An Interpretation of a Classic Painting)
JunieMoon


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus D-550Z
Location: My kitchen
Date: Sep 6, 2005
Aperture: F2.9
ISO: 136
Shutter: 1/30th hand held
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2005

Self-portrait. I used soft focus, and normal contrast at an shq setting. Exposure compensated by -0.5. Taken with natural light from a window to the left to obtain classic Renbrandt lighting. Post processing included dodging around the neck and bodice, colorizing around the eye and cheek, and using many layers to adjust brightness, contrast and hue and saturation. Also added a soft blur effect to soften skin, and used airbrushing to remove wrinkles. Increased sharpness around eyes and earring with spot sharpening.

Statistics
Place: 238 out of 284
Avg (all users): 4.6262
Avg (commenters): 4.8857
Avg (participants): 4.3972
Avg (non-participants): 4.8232
Views since voting: 2666
Views during voting: 528
Votes: 305
Comments: 46
Favorites: 2 (view)


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06/17/2012 09:06:22 AM
I often think I received a score that was too low, but this one is ridiculously low. I know it may not be hyper saturated and super sharp, but it is striking and well done. on the bright side, over 10% of the voters thought it was a 7 or better and honestly,don't you really want to associate with the top 10% smartest people in the world anyway :)
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06/16/2012 10:49:26 PM
Let me start out by saying that I'd probably have given this an 8 or a 9. I'm a sucker for the painting and I quite like this particular one.

Yes, the focus was indeed the issue here, but the star of the show is the lighting. Beautifully lit. Really nicely done there. Your pose is brilliant as well. So on the photography level, you've nailed it 100%. The problems come in in your PP choices.

I looked a bit closer at the original painting and a few things that I noticed in comparing:
painting has more of a 'grainy' feel
painting also has a bit of craqueling
painting has more of a 'posterization' look
painting is indeed more contrasty in the face (especially in the eyes, which almost look like Vermeer over-used the 'dodge' tool), but is not 'sharp'.

So it seems like the soft focus was an attempt to replicate those ideas.

If there had been some grain added, a very subtle amount of craqueling and posterization feel underneath the soft focus layer and a small amount of contrast boost in the eyes, I feel that this would have come together a bit better.

Another thing that I don't like is the black. It's common in photos to have pure blacks. But it's not common at all in painting to have pure blacks. In Vermeer's, his background is a dark brownish and serves to increase the "pop" of the blue headband just a bit. Your headband is red, so it wouldn't pop as well off a dark brownish, but I don't think it's necessary. This picture doesn't necessarily need to be MORE contrasty than the original, especially given the context of an older subject.

Since these are PP issues, I believe it could still be accomplished! Remastering this could be a nice way to get back into things in your first year back! :)
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06/16/2012 08:29:40 PM
Whatev's man this THIS is a great photograph...
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06/16/2012 07:54:42 PM
Of course it's a recreation of "The Girl with the Pearl Earring"
But you have titled it "The Lady with the Pearl Earring"
because it's a picture of the girl all grown up but who kept her pearl earring all those years!

This is one amazingly good image.
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05/30/2006 10:28:39 AM
Apparently there's a very fine line between soft-focus and out-of-focus. You probably would have received fewer out-of-focus comments if you had left more sharpness around the eyes.
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04/23/2006 06:41:46 PM
I like the processing on this one up until the soft focus was applied. I like the other one because it's a smidge sharper. This is a good reproduction of an old painting. Hope you have continued with the idea.
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09/23/2005 04:00:53 PM
I'm sorry they didn't see it, I still just love this, and think it's one of the best photos in your portfolio. Don't let the luke-warm reception here put you off of working with this technique. I would be proud to have something like this in my portfolio!

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 11:28:55 PM
great idea but very out of focus, sorry
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09/18/2005 10:35:06 PM
I recently saw that movie. This is a very skillful interpretation of that portrait. Lovely, and quite risky using a model who isn't 16 and drop dead gorgeous, it still works.
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09/17/2005 12:19:02 PM
I like this a lot. I just wish a little more sharpness in her eyes.
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09/17/2005 07:06:58 AM
I like the feeling of this....
a little sharper maybe?
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09/16/2005 06:26:05 PM
excellent, love this 9 for now bumped and bumped again such a great classic look - one of my top 3
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09/16/2005 09:14:50 AM
Nice effort in the interpretation but shows up like a cheap copy tho' plus it's a little blur.
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09/15/2005 08:25:21 PM
this is too out of focus for my taste and her eyes might look better if she wasnt looking so far behind her, also the tip of her nose blends in too much with her cheek..it looks like a painting :)
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09/15/2005 05:27:38 PM
I was trying to see if this is soft focus or out of focus and IMO its the latter...
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09/15/2005 07:51:15 AM
out of focus
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09/15/2005 05:21:30 AM
Seems out of focus to me. Otherwise authentic looking clothes and setup. Sorry, too blurry for me. 5 for the idea
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09/14/2005 11:39:28 PM
And a good interpretation, too. The lighting is especially good, and I like the deliberate softness; makes your tribute all the more 'authentic'. 7.
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09/14/2005 11:15:12 PM
Unique interpretation. Very nice orginal thought.
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09/14/2005 08:03:17 PM
A little OOF but otherwise a good version of a famous painting.
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09/14/2005 07:48:00 PM
does the painting look a little blurry also? other than that I like it.
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09/14/2005 05:21:30 AM
Great idea
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09/14/2005 03:58:41 AM
This seems like a good start, but your model appears out of focus and her lips look as though she was speaking.
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09/13/2005 04:11:58 PM
beautiful. The lighting and the model capture the true emotions of the paiting. Lovely work.
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09/13/2005 03:56:34 PM
What a nice idea, nice lighting but a little too soft..
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09/13/2005 11:44:29 AM
Good interpretation. Not real sure about the fuzzyness however it does give that older appearance.
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09/13/2005 10:44:14 AM
2
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09/13/2005 09:30:02 AM
focus appears to be a little soft to me.
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09/12/2005 10:06:16 PM
Vermeerish without question but too soft.
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09/12/2005 09:56:32 PM
I apologize for not recognizing the painting. My one critique of this interpretation of it would be the use of shallow DOF. I think shallow DOF can work very well in a portrait. But I believe you generally want the near eye to be the one in focus, rather than the far eye (in this case, her right eye appears to be more in focus than her left).
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09/12/2005 08:42:05 PM
I like the concept, and a bit more focus this would have done really well (for me).
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09/12/2005 07:55:34 PM
good idea would be better if sharper
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09/12/2005 07:22:57 PM
I would like to see her face more in focus.
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09/12/2005 01:00:32 PM
Nice job recreating the painting.
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09/12/2005 12:13:03 PM
Nice representation. Would like to see it a little sharper, however.
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09/12/2005 11:00:27 AM
great effort to replicate the orignal, I like the idea. :)
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09/12/2005 11:00:23 AM
I like your concept and your lighting, but the focus is just not sharp enough.
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09/12/2005 10:30:35 AM
Well, she certainly grew up!
(I'm assuming you ment Vermeer- Girl With a Pearl Earring?)

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09/12/2005 09:51:00 AM
I think it needs a bit of sharpening but great idea for your portrait.
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09/12/2005 09:28:03 AM
Beautifl pose and idea but out of focus.
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09/12/2005 09:10:40 AM
this image is needs to be sharper...did you use a tripod for this shot?
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09/12/2005 04:27:56 AM
Good portrait, this just seems a tad out of focus.
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09/12/2005 01:56:31 AM
Interesting and imaginative. I like the coloration and the take on the classic.
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09/12/2005 01:55:08 AM
good idea, but seems a bit out of focus
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09/12/2005 01:28:56 AM
It really would have done great if the focus was just a bit better. I stil like it 7
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09/12/2005 01:20:58 AM
Hard to tell if you were trying for soft look or it's just a little out of focus. Nice model adn great pose.
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