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Challenge: Self-Portrait Revisited (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Home
Date: Jun 13, 2003
Aperture: F 2.4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 13, 2003

Post Process:blur/color desatruation/blur/and some more blur!!! :*)

Place: 152 out of 222
Avg (all users): 4.9849
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9297
Avg (non-participants): 5.0365
Views since voting: 1279
Votes: 265
Comments: 16
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07/01/2003 09:02:01 PM
*Critique Club*

I see where you did a lot of blurring, for me it just doesn't work with the strong backlighting. You should have opted for a darker backround with the softness of the blur. The top of the background just pulls the eyes to it and away from you.

Also you're white balance may have needed set differently or you could have balanced it out more with your editing it seems a bit too yellow.

The pose is very becoming to you and with just a little lighting adjusting I think this could be an outstanding photo

06/25/2003 08:15:05 AM
Ah Justine! Now I know what you really look like. Actually just as I imagined you :-) Hi there.
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06/25/2003 12:40:36 AM
Now I see who is behind all the nice comments, justine! :)
The lighting is ok, but I would have cropped out the white areas on the left side and on the top. The massive blur is nice.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2003 04:32:06 AM
Very expressive and wonderfully lit! The dark background at the bottom worried me a little and I think it might have been better with a more uniform background, but this is still a shot to be proud of :) Congrats!
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06/23/2003 11:05:59 PM
I like the softness & composition. Good job. I would like to see a different background though.
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06/23/2003 04:50:21 AM
This port has a nice softness to it. It also is blinding at the top of the frame. Pretty nice pic despite that super hot spot.
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06/22/2003 08:35:05 AM
I like your pose, expression and pleasing features. Your face is well lit with a nice soft natural light despite the strong backlighting, but there appears to be a slight yellow color cast to the picture that is not flattering. Also, I don't like the sudden demarcation between the white and yellow background and find that the upper white part of the background is empty space that adds nothing to the photo. Focus is too soft as well.
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06/20/2003 08:27:41 PM
I'd have cropped the top down some, since that white space at the top doesn't seem to add anything. I like the softness of the image.
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06/20/2003 12:22:42 AM
The background is very bright, so, you should have tried to give more contrast by "darkening" your face. Do this by using Levels to darken the "midtones" and "shadows".
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06/18/2003 09:28:08 PM
Colors seem slightly washed out.
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06/18/2003 03:52:27 PM
I find this portrait difficult to rate and challenging to comment on.

What appeals to me most, really, is the subject. The unassuming approach and fairly straightforward (except for the very appropiate soft focus) rendering delivers features of remarkable beauty and conscious expression. If seasons had a face, I imagine, this one would suit them very well. It speaks, to me, of both joy and the trials of life.

> 9
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06/18/2003 12:24:10 PM
I really like your composition, with the bit of space to the top and left. The delicate colors are really pleasant.
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06/18/2003 11:32:28 AM
great lighting. well done. Very nice and soft. you did a GREAT job with this. Lovely model as well.....
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06/18/2003 06:34:17 AM
very nice soft portrait....lovely eyes!
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06/18/2003 04:00:48 AM
Not a bad pose, but I think perhaps a little added contrast would have been in place. The background also needs some work (4)
06/18/2003 01:28:14 AM
The soft effect and the choice to pose off center adds interest to your photo, and is well done.
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