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The Darkness
The Darkness

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Challenge: Free Study IX (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Dallas, Texas
Date: Nov 26, 2005
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

I put this photo up in the forums to get people's opinions, so some people will know it's mine. I took most people's advice and straightened the image and dodged the eyes so they would stand out more. I hope the people like the changes I made and I hope people who have never seen it like it too.

Place: 414 out of 519
Avg (all users): 4.9263
Avg (commenters): 5.0526
Avg (participants): 4.8048
Avg (non-participants): 5.2667
Views since voting: 582
Views during voting: 419
Votes: 285
Comments: 21
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2005 02:08:18 AM
you might consider not posting in a forum something that may go into a challenge. It's like I had a preview of yours and not others. That said....hmmmm....well the composition is interesting but the grunge thing I think you said your were going for doesn't work for me in this. Any portrait I think should have good details of the eyes. This comes off more abstract because of the lack of the definition in the eyes. But...it is different.
12/06/2005 11:47:52 AM
I think the eyes should be the focus instead of the headband. (As mentioned in the forum)
12/05/2005 03:45:28 PM
Angry. Nice study. -7-
12/05/2005 10:38:33 AM
Clever, different idea. I love the whole feel to this photo. Nice.
12/05/2005 03:26:01 AM
This may veer from the taste of many of the voters here, but I find it an interesting photo. I wish there was just a little bit more descernible detail in the eyes area, just a little, not enough to change the 'feel'.
12/04/2005 05:51:44 PM
Very different. I hope you get rewarded for the originality.
12/04/2005 02:01:18 PM
Cool shot. Well done.
12/03/2005 10:37:18 PM
I feel like I've seen this one before....???
12/03/2005 08:41:37 PM
Wasn't this posted previously in the forums?
12/03/2005 12:43:12 AM
This looks like a photo for a commercial. Like it!
12/02/2005 07:50:34 PM
Hmmmmmmm Can't decide on this one...may come back to it.
12/02/2005 11:02:52 AM
Interesting, I like the cool tones and your choice of DOF. Only thing taking away from this IMHO is the grain n the eyes. Otherwise gret stuff.
12/02/2005 09:19:57 AM
12/01/2005 07:40:54 PM
You should not post photos in forums that you intend on submittig. I like the image.
12/01/2005 06:08:10 PM
didn't you post this in THAT thread?
12/01/2005 05:32:07 PM
Find this most interesting! Fitting for the challenge.
12/01/2005 02:44:11 PM
I wished you hadn't posted this in the forum befor the challenge, that said its a great shoot and very moody
12/01/2005 11:55:32 AM
you shouldn't post something and then put it in a challenge...sorry....
12/01/2005 09:00:22 AM
Haven't we all seen this already?
12/01/2005 08:38:51 AM
This is very interesting and quite artful. I like the graininess of the eyes. The horizontal stripes with the single orange amidst all of the blue and white is impactful. I like this alot.
12/01/2005 01:20:31 AM
Hmm, this one has been already analyzed in the forums. And not in a pretty way. For some reason, not only it is no longer anonymous, but you've received comments on the improvement already from other members, including Joey's advice on applying grunge dodging & burning....
Still, I'll vote as if I haven't seen this one before as no rules were broken: too dark for my taste. Nice touch on the eyes. Slightly (or apperas to be) blown white stripes in the headband - cast into pinkish shade. Nose could have been burned a bit to reduce the glare.

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