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Autumn Slumber
Autumn Slumber
kendall6


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Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Columbia Valley, BC
Date: Sep 11, 2005
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Nature, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2005

Thanks to all that commented & voted on this photo (except the 2, 3, & 4’s) :o\. This is definitely my most successful entry to date: most comments - 46 – all positive; highest score 6.494; most favourites – 4; & most colourful.

These leaves had just fallen off my neighbour’s tree. My daughter was the model. The shoot took place in my back yard. I wrapped her up in a big blanket and covered her with leaves.

Photoshop – increased saturation, cloned out a few small imperfections, burnt edges, reduced noise, & resized for the challenge.

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Statistics
Place: 25 out of 284
Avg (all users): 6.4935
Avg (commenters): 7.8500
Avg (participants): 6.3836
Avg (non-participants): 6.5926
Views since voting: 1670
Views during voting: 557
Votes: 308
Comments: 48
Favorites: 6 (view)


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09/22/2005 10:28:09 PM
I didn't comment on this during the challenge because, although it was so provoking, I wasn't sure if it "met" the challenge and I am not one to nitpick about that, so I just lay low and waited til after it was over. I love the almost out of this world sense that it has. The red leaves are so striking against her skin tones. It really is a beautiful picture. Whether or not it fits in the proverbial "box," is neither here nor there. It is a wonderful image, and certainly worthy of being seen by the masses.It showed vivid imagination and style. I see it on the cover of something. It would make a great billboard that takes up the entire side of a sky scraper. Heh, it's the first day of fall - how fitting!
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09/22/2005 06:53:12 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

My first thought when I saw this image was "WOW" This is a very creative portrait, definitely miles away from the typical head and shoulders shots.

I love the color and the contrast between the light, rosy skin and the deep red leaves. The exposure is spot on and so is the focus. Closed eyes works well in this shot, it gives the feeling of peace and rest which contrasts in a weird but complimentary way with the deep red that predominates in the image. I don't know if that makes much sense to you but it does to me.

There is really nothing that I would change in this picture. Awesome job, keep it up!

If you have any questions or comments about this critique, please feel free to PM me.

June
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 11:39:17 PM
great shot, love the originality of this, very crisp and just wonderful-9
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09/18/2005 09:13:47 PM
compelling... one of my favorites this challenge
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09/18/2005 02:42:37 PM
very well done, I love the darkness/burning around the corners
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09/17/2005 12:28:31 PM
Original and well done. Perfect exposure.
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09/17/2005 12:10:49 AM
Way outside the box here - but you know that. I love the colors and the way they frame the lovely face.
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09/16/2005 04:44:01 PM
Nice change from a typical portrait.
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09/16/2005 04:31:15 PM
This is so cool! I love the beautiful colors, as well as the uniqueness of your concept. Very nice!
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09/16/2005 10:26:55 AM
Very creative! I really like the lighting and mood here. 10!
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09/16/2005 02:38:19 AM
love this - not sure it's a portrait in the strictest sense, but screw definitions! I may have to try this for myself in a month - excellent 9 for now
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09/15/2005 10:22:52 PM
What a cool idea! By far one of the top creative entries I've seen. Be proud of this shot and good luck in the challenge. I wonder how this would look with the eyes open too?
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09/15/2005 07:06:10 PM
that's lovely. nice quality and composition.
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09/15/2005 02:28:39 PM
Beautiful interpretation!
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09/15/2005 11:35:40 AM
Very interesting effect and creative idea. Nice tones and framing. Looking forward to seeing how this was done. 8
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09/15/2005 10:52:38 AM
quite unique. well-done.
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09/15/2005 05:14:58 AM
Cool. I like the way the leafs just almost reach her eyes. It is a her right? :) 8
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09/14/2005 06:49:27 PM
Great idea...love the added color and texture to the image.
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09/14/2005 12:38:53 PM
amazing frame
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09/14/2005 12:16:09 PM
Doesn't capture enough of who the person is to rate super-high, but I like the effort and the focus is sharp. 7
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09/14/2005 10:12:58 AM
Fantastic framing shot
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09/14/2005 05:12:39 AM
Beautiful setting
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09/14/2005 05:08:33 AM
Beautiful lighting and colors. Reminds me of another challenge photo. Great concept and executed to perfect. Love to here about your lighting set up. 10
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09/14/2005 01:28:24 AM
Great idea, I really love the way you took this.
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09/13/2005 09:33:34 PM
Interesting.
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09/13/2005 09:28:40 PM
different
09/13/2005 09:04:02 PM
fine idea, perectly executed, add a beautiful model and red leaves = a blue ribbon. (edit at end of voting).well mabey not, there is another ten in my voting so I recind the blue, its a flip of the coin but in any other week this would be a lock.
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09/13/2005 04:53:02 PM
I like this portrait because it is done in a unique way with the leaves framing the face.
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09/13/2005 03:45:12 PM
One of the most interesting shots. This took a lot of work and is very artistic. I think you chose correctly with keeping her eyes shut, not sure. Beautiful colors and very interesting composition. For some reason I have a feeling it won't be well received but I like it.
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09/13/2005 12:23:52 PM
This is an interesting shot, but I really want to learn something about the model, and that usually means seeing the eyes.
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09/13/2005 10:09:37 AM
This shot is interesting. I like the colors in it but I think I would have like to have seen more face! Good Luck in the challenge!
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09/13/2005 05:19:35 AM
Good composeing .
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09/12/2005 11:31:16 PM
those cannot be real leaves!!! Incredible!
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09/12/2005 10:56:57 PM
original. Nicely done but the space around might just be a little too dark. ill give this a 7 if only i could vote.
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09/12/2005 10:50:44 PM
A B S O L U T E L Y S T U N N I N G ! ! !
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09/12/2005 10:40:21 PM
Wow! I've never seen anything like this before. Its wonderful. The colors flow so well. Love the lighting! Not much I would do with this. Great Picture!
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09/12/2005 10:02:28 PM
wow great picture!
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09/12/2005 08:19:01 PM
Great idea. The leaves are beautiful.
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09/12/2005 03:20:44 PM
very neat idea...great picture
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09/12/2005 12:57:53 PM
This is a very neat concept, the light is great, the colors are wow, but it doesnt quite meet my idea of portrait. I would have voted this higher in a Seasons challenge. Still over all, really good.
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09/12/2005 11:43:22 AM
Very creative!
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09/12/2005 11:07:52 AM
magical. ( :
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09/12/2005 09:21:47 AM
Beautifully executed. I am curious, tho, how the leaves would've made the eyes look in this shot.
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09/12/2005 05:30:29 AM
Great idea, done perfectly. As my young son said "wow that heaps good". Straight in the fav's and a ten from me.
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09/12/2005 05:16:54 AM
great light and color, very original image, should place high, 10
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09/12/2005 01:42:56 AM
Interesting..definitly different than any shot in this challenge. I like it! The colors are beautiful with the skintones. Excellent composition. good luck.
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09/12/2005 01:37:54 AM
Unique approach works well for me.
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09/12/2005 01:08:56 AM
wow. very original.
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