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HBunch


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Challenge: Self Portrait IV (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Bathroom
Date: May 13, 2006
Aperture: f2
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 16, 2006

Ok, so my goal really is to make all my self portraits look different. This one was meant to be a dreamy, almost unreal kind of look, since this is NOT how I normally look at all.
Editing...
I cloned out a piece of a towel holder that was sticking out from behind my head, and a couple other small white specks in the black areas. soft glow, sharpen hair, eyes and lips, desaturated some, take left over red out of the lips. that's all. I'm very limited on editing software.
I thought about not entering this time around, becuase I don't think the voters will like my shot, but I like it, and hope to get some good advice on editing, since I don't do a lot of editing usually.
Thanks.
~Heather~

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 236
Avg (all users): 6.9834
Avg (commenters): 8.2439
Avg (participants): 6.7554
Avg (non-participants): 7.1779
Views since voting: 6066
Views during voting: 683
Votes: 302
Comments: 76
Favorites: 22 (view)


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06/06/2008 02:31:34 AM
beautiful
04/09/2007 09:05:44 PM
GREAT =]
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01/02/2007 07:20:05 PM
ME is again a very beautiful lady, and a very nice photographer.
Regards
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09/24/2006 01:51:13 AM
Remember when I said wow ! , you have me wow'ing again! This sooo gothic and naughty looking, suits me..and congrats on a great placing.
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08/22/2006 09:29:04 PM
WOW. My socks just landed on the floor...

... in the next country!
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08/08/2006 06:38:14 PM
Well done! Love the look you created for this image of yourself.
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08/05/2006 10:25:47 PM
I said WOW at this one ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/308/thumb/146843.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/308/thumb/146843.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
Triple WOW for the current one. Beautiful and mysteriously looking SC!

Message edited by author 2006-08-05 22:26:07.
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06/01/2006 11:38:34 PM
Super cool. Love it. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.

Message edited by author 2006-06-01 23:38:51.
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05/31/2006 03:30:01 PM
Wow. Such a great shot. Congrats on the top 10.
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05/30/2006 11:20:47 AM
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love it! I imagine this portrait is a little too "goth" for alot of DPC members, or it would have ranked higher.
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05/30/2006 01:20:35 AM
Wow, this is top-notch. Maybe you should stop wearing your glasses :p
I like the post-processing you did on this. The dark look and all.
Makes the person look mysterious. Nice work.

p/s: if only you could make crayolas look as good as this ;)
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05/28/2006 12:51:20 PM
Beautiful image Heather. I totally agree with Pedro's comment that your processing has developed and improved a lot over the years. This is your best work to date and a well earned top 10 placing!
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05/27/2006 10:02:41 AM
I like this you looklike an anime character,congratz
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05/27/2006 07:21:54 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish. I really do like this shot!
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05/26/2006 03:03:19 PM
Originally posted by ursula:

Congratulations, Heather, on a great finish and a great score. Normally you'd probably have a ribbon for it.

But .... you don't quite look like a kindergarten teacher to me :)


Not the 'teacher', I am a teacher's assistant or sorts. The kids get a kick out of my hair. I'm like a science project. "what color IS that?" and "name the newly discovered color". lol They love me.

Thanks again everyone for your kind words.
05/26/2006 02:22:44 PM
Congrats on a top 10!
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05/26/2006 01:34:26 PM
Congratulations, Heather, on a great finish and a great score. Normally you'd probably have a ribbon for it.

But .... you don't quite look like a kindergarten teacher to me :)
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05/26/2006 01:17:06 PM
great shot; nice transfer from light to dark; It complements the black lipstick and dog collar. There is also nice full range of black to white.

and oh yeah; from looking at your self portraits, that is your better side.

Message edited by author 2006-05-26 13:17:54.
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05/26/2006 12:45:50 PM
Congrats on the top 10, Heather :-)
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05/26/2006 09:39:13 AM
Congrats on your finish! Very deserving. Well done composition and processing. Very strong expression that suits the applied processing extremely well. Great shot!
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05/26/2006 09:29:29 AM
w00t! Congrats on your top 10 finish Heather! Really well-deserved, and against some stiff competition as well.
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05/26/2006 08:20:57 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish. It's a beautiful pic and got a 10 from me!
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05/26/2006 08:19:31 AM
This looks like it should be part of a real movie advertisement. To me it has a futuristic, goth feel. Fantastic shot!
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05/26/2006 06:16:40 AM
Beautiful! Everything is so nice about this photo, and you look wonderful in it. Great lighting, especially with a single flash, nice post-processing that isn't overdone and great expression. Congrats on a well-deserved finish. Welcome to my small list of favorite photographs. This one is really nice!
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05/26/2006 04:51:57 AM
Worthy place in the Top Ten. If you don't normally look like that, maybe it's the look you should adopt ;>)
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05/26/2006 04:22:06 AM
Congrats on the top ten, Heather! I liked this one a lot.
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05/26/2006 03:58:53 AM
WICKED evil looking :-) Congrats on top 10!
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05/26/2006 03:14:47 AM
I've waited for this moment for FOUR LONG YEARS people!!
Top 10 baby!!
So this is how it feels.

Thank you all for the comments.
About the lighting, I'm afraid it wasn't as impressive as some of you thought. Totally dark room, with, get this...FLASH! Ewww, I know.
Anyway, Thanks again.
~Heather~
05/26/2006 02:17:06 AM
yer gorgeous.. loved this shot!!! I like the editing you did as well :) congrats on your top ten placement!!!
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05/26/2006 01:37:03 AM
Stunning... Congrats on your top 10 finish! (And ha! I pegged you! LOL) Beautiful image - really. Well done.
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05/26/2006 01:13:16 AM
Hey Heather, Woot, woot, pant, pant...
Oh yeah, nice shot!
Yours
TC
PS: Ya gotta come to Lansing soon so we can shoot something!

Edit to add: I just saw that this is BY FAR your best score ever! Well deserved!
TC edited...

Message edited by author 2006-05-26 01:14:44.
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05/26/2006 12:40:18 AM
wonderful. well done
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05/26/2006 12:36:57 AM
I just love this one! Everything, eyes, hair, nose and its shadow, those lips! Technically perfect! It could go in a book on how to make a portrait.
Congratulations on the 10th place in this very tough challenge. And thank you for submitting after all...

-Serge
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2006 10:36:47 PM
This is a nice shot. Lighting really makes this. Well done.
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05/25/2006 10:26:04 PM
Dang Heather, you sure don't look like a mommy! ;) Hotness.
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05/25/2006 04:42:15 PM
Nice post processing. 9.
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05/25/2006 01:28:20 PM
Wonderful lighting!
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05/25/2006 12:57:33 PM
you'll be a great photographer and model too. nice color, framing and all. 10
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05/25/2006 10:29:34 AM
hbunch? (could be spelled wrong ) I like the high contrast in the image
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05/24/2006 11:37:47 PM
Love this shot. One of my favs of the challenge. Excellent lighting and your post processing is spot on at creating a sexy "gothic" feel. <clap clap>
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05/24/2006 01:11:13 PM
very lovely, good luck!
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05/23/2006 07:41:33 AM
wonderful post processing!
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05/22/2006 10:54:03 PM
very seductive.... 8
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05/22/2006 07:31:57 PM
K i'm finally back for the real comment. what i was going to say was that I thought your editing has improved over the years. I recognized you right away, but you have made an interesting metamorphosis since back in the early days when your only comment about your SPs was that they made your nose look big. :)

one of the things i'm beginning to dig about portrait photography that seems to have taken me forever to figure out, is that you get the chance to become someone you're not - you can tell a story via the image, and there's no need to back it up or validate it. (if I'd been paying attention earlier I could have learned this looking at the works of people like Alecia, Kiwi, and Nasti...but i'm not all that perceptive it seems). So even though the setup of this is very similar to the last SP challenge with your high-key (then) new red hair, the two shots have very distinct looks, and that my dear is cool.

so good on ya. keep working on the processing...it'll come over time.

P

Message edited by author 2006-05-26 23:48:15.
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05/22/2006 03:57:29 PM
amazing photo ...
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05/22/2006 06:11:27 AM
great picture and fantastic lighting
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05/22/2006 02:47:04 AM
your self portraits are gonna dominate your profile!!! it is a sweet pic, tho- it really deserves to :0) ...for a sec I was thinking is this really her? so I went back to check one of your pics but didn't even need to click on one- your title gives it away!!! :0P
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05/21/2006 09:55:55 AM
very beautiful, nice tones!
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05/21/2006 03:03:56 AM
very good, high contrast works here.
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05/20/2006 07:17:47 PM
Wow this is really a great shot. Amazing work!
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05/20/2006 06:17:58 PM
this is cool, the lighting is the main key for the greatness in this image!
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05/20/2006 01:34:39 PM
Super shot and a great pout! As with so many shots in this challenge excellend composition and lighting.
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05/20/2006 06:49:39 AM
I really like this! 10
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05/20/2006 04:44:55 AM
Beautiful! Love the balance of light & dark. 9 From me.
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05/19/2006 11:39:09 PM
Beautiful... Erotic....
Your lighting is flawless. Great job 8
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05/19/2006 11:11:41 PM
I didn't know that Kate Moss was a DPCer!
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05/19/2006 07:36:58 PM
Wow! Stunning model ;) I love the darkness of this shot. I think the soft pale and smooth skin tones work very well in contrast to your makeup and outfit. I like the hair falling over one eye, and that you have catchlights in both eyes. I think the crop works well because it has a closeup and personal feel. Excellent job.
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05/19/2006 06:34:12 PM
VERY STUNNING SHOT!
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05/19/2006 03:21:28 PM
Excellent portrait..
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05/19/2006 03:03:29 PM
sultry. nice job.
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05/19/2006 12:35:24 PM
Fantastic light... if you could have somehow toned down the shadow under the nose, this would really be perfect.
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05/19/2006 12:26:11 PM
IMO a little too much neat image. Good picture though. 7
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05/19/2006 11:54:55 AM
Very sexy shot, love the intensity in the eyes. Nice job
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05/19/2006 10:45:25 AM
Edgy and excellent
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05/19/2006 10:31:04 AM
Great shot. Good lighting and contrast in this shot. Good job.
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05/19/2006 10:29:04 AM
Heather? Well whoever you are, you are HAWT! :-) This is just stunning... Beautiful work!
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05/19/2006 10:17:38 AM
nice editing really suits the shot...well done 8
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05/19/2006 09:34:30 AM
Very cool processing. Nice looking model too!
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05/19/2006 09:11:01 AM
Beautiful not much more to say great job
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05/19/2006 08:42:08 AM
Pretty yet seductive. Love the softness. The intense contrast is beautiful with that hint of skin tone. Great image. I'm coming back to this again and again. Bumping up to a perfect 10 - it is truly magnificent.
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05/19/2006 08:15:10 AM
Sexy and intriguing. I love the lighting. You are very attractive and your hair in front of your left eye adds to it. Great shot - 9 from me
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05/19/2006 08:02:01 AM
Great study in high contrast. The dead black background is very effective.
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05/19/2006 06:56:18 AM
Beautiful picture of a beautiful girl.
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05/19/2006 02:11:00 AM
Found you, Heather...
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05/19/2006 01:47:16 AM
Gorgeous. I like the softness - even though some will complain about overdoing it. Not a fan of the collar but that's your thing, so I'll get over it and give you a... um... 9. Your gaze compels it. :)
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05/19/2006 12:52:42 AM
Very nice, I like the use of negative space, I also think the glow around your face really works here. You are a beautiful woman and should be very proud of this shot.
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