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A Look into Perfection
A Look into Perfection

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Challenge: Diagonal (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8-4.0 Aspherical DG for Canon
Location: Mobile, AL
Date: Nov 24, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Portraiture, Nude
Date Uploaded: Nov 23, 2006

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Let's try something new... nude without the skinny model, keep it modest and see how it does. I was originally going to do this as a NUDE, but cropped the breast since my Light on White image is tanking. Thanks to my beautiful model for posing, she rocks.

Basically all I've done here as far as processing is tweaks in levels and curves. Then a bit of soft focus via a a few passes of faded guassian blur.

I also used a Hue/Sat layer to desat yellows to whiten teath and give the skin a healthier look.

Resized via Fred Miranda's SI Pro which IMO does a much better job at resizing than Photoshop's Resize Image, even for down-sizing.

Place: 238 out of 345
Avg (all users): 5.0734
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.1163
Avg (non-participants): 5.0330
Views since voting: 5702
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 177
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/22/2007 09:59:16 AM
Very underappreciated IMO. Great exposure; pushes the highlight limits on her forehead yet the skintones are lovely. I LOVE the fact that she has such soft curves (yes even on her face) and yet the diagonals are there: the alignment of her nose with her cleavage; the shadows under those high cheekbones; the tilt of her head even gives her upper lip a bit of an incline :)

My biggest gripe with the image is the lower left portion of the photo... is that her arm? No suggestion for improvement as shot however, I just think it's distracting.

Great shot Leroy, and yes I agree with you, she's lovely.
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12/03/2006 02:54:38 PM
Very good natural diagonal lines. Beautiful image. The lock of hair at the left is a bit distracting, in the sense that when I first looked at the image, it looked like a shadow (it is quite similar to her cleavage shadow), and I thought there was a hand or something on her shoulder. Her smile is just beautiful! ~9
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12/02/2006 11:59:55 AM
beautiful expodure
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11/30/2006 06:22:47 PM
Very nice portrait. The lighting, focus, color and POV are all top notch. I'm just not sure about her cleavage line with the way it enters the frame but it does appear to strengthed the diagonal composition. However you already have a good diagonal going so I think a tighter crop from the bottom would have worked better or perhaps adding a soft vignette to diffuse the shadow from the clevage. Anyway, just a thought.
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11/29/2006 12:45:49 PM
Plus: Soft
Minus: Can't really feel the diagonal
Score: 5
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