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Things are not always as they seem...
Things are not always as they seem...

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Challenge: Camouflage (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super II for Canon
Location: My Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: Nov 14, 2005
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2005

I give a big thank you to my male Arabic friend who posed for this shot. Staring into a spotlight for a long period of time had him seeing blue spots for many minutes after the shot! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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I thought of this shot and thought that it would be perfect for the challenge "Camouflage" since it is actually a guy looking or camouflaged as a Middle Eastern woman. Even if it was a woman, she would still be camouflaged with the head dress.

Again, thank you to my friend who put on the makeup and stared into a spotlight for me. I'm sure I'll owe him for this one! A blue ribbon might just do the trick!

Place: 76 out of 169
Avg (all users): 5.2808
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 4.4571
Avg (non-participants): 5.5405
Views since voting: 1102
Views during voting: 489
Votes: 292
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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11/28/2005 02:54:34 AM
Excellent concept! I wish the depth of field wasn't so shallow as to blur out the furthest eye though. Good lighting as well.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/22/2005 10:07:24 PM
Is this gonna turn out to be a guy?? ha Great shot!
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11/21/2005 05:35:21 PM
beautyful !
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11/21/2005 04:09:09 PM
I'm guessing this is a guy? LOL!
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11/21/2005 02:45:18 AM
I really like this shot. It's so simple, and mysterious... Everything just seems to blend. Interesting take on camouflage.
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11/20/2005 05:25:00 PM
Great photo. Looks like something right out of National Geographic. I'm not sure concealment qualifies as camouflage unless it's using the the background of its environment to conceal though,
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11/19/2005 11:05:42 AM
Haunting eyes. Unfortunately, the focus falls in front of them. Still, I'm captivated by this shot.
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11/18/2005 02:23:18 PM
not to sure how this is camouflage. but love the shot. nice subject too.
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11/18/2005 10:31:21 AM
Very tempting eyes. Though remember if you show a face of a human or an animal.... the eyes can never be out of focus! We are predators and that's where eventually we'll look. It's a bad thing especially on a shot like this to have eyes out of focus. This doesn't work for this picture. It's not helping.

I like the idea and I assume that next time you will keep the eyes in sharp focus. So I give you a 9 :)
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11/18/2005 05:51:30 AM
Not really fond of the short DOF here as it works out that the eye to the right is out of focus. If you had to have the aperture so big I would rather have it the other way around, the eye to the right in focus and the one to the left out of focus as my vision is more drawn to the eye to the right. Shot itself is good but need something to make it "pop" more.
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11/17/2005 12:22:45 PM
Beautiful picture, but I'm sorry, without more context for the subject, I don't understand how the camouflage works.
11/17/2005 07:43:47 AM
I like compositon, clear textures and beautiful eyes for me 9
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11/17/2005 06:37:29 AM
you mean this is a man? cool shot then ;-)
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11/16/2005 05:35:34 AM
Camouflaged indeed
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11/16/2005 01:00:26 AM
George? IS that you? Just kidding! Great shot, fantastic lighting and the eyes are very expressive. The only thing I can really nit pick you on is the focus, would have preferred to seen it on the closer eye and not the bridge of the nose. But other wise I have nothing to complain about so you get a 9!
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11/16/2005 12:44:02 AM
I think your camo here is metaphoric? I love the photo, but don't think it fits the challenge much. I will vote down the middle on this one.

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