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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: New York City
Date: Oct 22, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2006

It's been a while since my last DPC submission, but here goes...

Shot RAW, kept the WB cool and green to suggest the sea.
USM to boost local contrast.
Curves to boost red and green channels, as well as cut mids.
Hue/Sat to boost reds.
Resized down to 640.
USM again for local contrast.
Smart sharpen to bring back detail.

Statistics
Place: 103 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.6962
Avg (commenters): 5.8000
Avg (participants): 5.5379
Avg (non-participants): 5.8594
Views since voting: 1175
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 260
Comments: 17
Favorites: 3 (view)


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AuthorThread
11/01/2006 08:20:46 AM
Thanks for all the comments, and while I had higher hopes for this entry, it did come in above my overall average score.

I guess I wasn't aggressive enough with the tinting to make it obvious that it was intentional, as many comments indicate people thought the WB seemed off rather than understanding it was a choice (or, people really hated the choice)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 03:14:18 PM
Nice portrait, but I think your white balance is off.
10/30/2006 03:27:22 PM
there is somthing about red headed girls, great picture
10/29/2006 12:05:34 AM
Again a pleasing portrait here.....
10/28/2006 05:13:27 PM
nice shot but how does the background help?
10/28/2006 11:38:11 AM
I find this to have too mch green for my taste.
10/27/2006 08:19:50 PM
great portrait
10/27/2006 07:10:40 PM
Strange color tone. I like the compo and the flow of the hair. Could use a bit of catch light in the eyes -> reflector.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2006 11:42:07 PM
Not what I would consider boken, to much detail in background to me.
10/25/2006 02:58:09 PM
Wonderful image, absolutely first class.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2006 02:10:03 PM
Lovely portrait. Background still distracts, mostly the hand railing is what I dislike
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2006 02:03:43 PM
Beautiful hair, but her teeth discoloration distracts me. I think her teeth should at least be as white as her eyes.
10/25/2006 12:34:21 PM
She looks more cold than wet. White balance feels wrong.
10/25/2006 10:48:31 AM
She's lovely. The overall image has a blue tinge to it. Not sure if I care for that, but the movement of her hair is a nice touch and the bokeh definitely suits the challenge. I think this might really be effective in a duotone or black and white as well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2006 10:17:33 AM
Could be an excellent shot with a little more tweaking of the colors. There seems to be a bit too much cyan in there, making the skin tones a bit unnatural.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2006 08:04:51 AM
she looks like botticelli's venus...wonderful
perhaps a narrower depth of field would have thrown out the bg more and breated better bokeh...nice 7
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10/25/2006 06:35:43 AM
Excellent capture...and the colors are just perfect!
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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