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Challenge: Light on White III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Nov 25, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2006

Indoor taken with natural lighting. Cropped, resized, hue, lighting/exposure, noise, spot removal, dodge/burn, clone, usm.

Place: 178 out of 233
Avg (all users): 4.9749
Avg (commenters): 5.2500
Avg (participants): 4.7053
Avg (non-participants): 5.2212
Views since voting: 839
Views during voting: 394
Votes: 199
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2006 11:24:15 PM
Likes: lighting on the hair, sharpness of the lines around the shoulder
Disklikes: the left of the frame is lost to the overblown white while the shadow on the eyes loses the key area of focus in a portrait.
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12/02/2006 06:26:31 PM
Her hair is way oversharpened, next time try masking the USM off in a layer, or using the sharpen brush only where you want it to go.
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12/02/2006 07:57:47 AM
Nice idea and beautiful model but the execution lacks quality. I'll try to give some hints:
- Her skin (especially her face) suffers from artifacts. Perhaps you saved the shot in a too low qualitiy? Try to reach the 150 KB border as close as possible to guarantee the best image quality.
- The image is oversharpened. Look at her hair and you will see some kind of "stairs" if you know what I mean. The hair becomes fringy and lacks smoothness. Sharpening less (especially when it comes to portraits) looks better.
- The blueish spots on the background are distracting. You can easily remove them by brightening those areas up till they become white.
- The most crucial point: Her face is too dark. When you look at the photo, what do you see first? Her hair, because it's the brightest part! But the essence of every portrait is the face. This is what a viewer should see first. While taking the shot you should have used a light to brighten up her face. You can compensate this issue a bit by making the face brighter during postprocessing.

Ok, this was a lot. I hope it helps :)
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11/30/2006 01:06:55 PM
Pros: Nice perspective, nice lighting on hair
Cons: over sharpen on hair, skin tone not "light" enough, dark eye sockets
Score: 5
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11/29/2006 06:48:01 PM
I would have like to have seen you light the subjects face more, it seems to shadowed. Otherwise great pic.
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11/29/2006 04:00:53 PM
try bouncing a little light into her face..just alittle
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11/29/2006 12:58:43 AM
a little too much sharpening
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11/28/2006 05:11:22 PM
Amanda's hair is the obvious subject here. I don't get "Light on White", would be a great portrait if her face were a bit more lit.

2 / 3 Creativity - Ordinary/Common = 0.
1 / 3 Subject - Subject follow the challenge theme?
2 / 2 Technical - Focus, lighting, etc.
0 / 2 WOW - The hard to get points.
5 /10 Score - I rarely give out 9's & 10's.
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11/28/2006 07:20:36 AM
awesome job
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11/28/2006 12:50:05 AM
A few things are holding this back, IMO. For starters the background has "clumps" of color that I can easily see. That tells me you brighten the background a lot in post, which is fine but the execution looks a bit sloppy. Also, the hair is a bit oversharpened. The rest of her however looks fine in that regard so perhaps pixelated hair was more of a result of the resizing down to 640 pixels? Lastly, the face could use some fill lighting, which a reflector would have fixed nicely. Overall not bad. The sheen in the hair looks really good and the model is very attractive.
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11/27/2006 07:01:49 PM
Wish there had been more processing...maybe some dodging on the face, a little soft glow, and a smoother background would've helped IMO
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11/27/2006 10:01:52 AM
hair looks way over-sharpened ...
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11/27/2006 01:01:45 AM
Looks oversharp in her hair. A nice pose. 5
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