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Qart


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Challenge: Sticky (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Dec 17, 2006
Aperture: f9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Dec 17, 2006

Thanks so much for the great finish. I have to admit that I didn't really notice the greenish/blue hue to the skin until after people started commenting on it. It's funny how you can stare at an image for a while and fool yourself into thinking that you actually see what you think you see. Good lesson for walking away for a day and coming back with fresh eyes as I probably would have taken it a little further towards the desat side, but I'm not entirely sure. Anyway, this was a fairly tight crop from a full face profile shot. The tighter I went in, the more I liked it. I like to start with a fairly sound idea and then watch where the spirit of the moment takes me. There was some selective desat and smoothening of the skin using the gausian blur method with gradual use of the sharpening brush in layers to selectively minimize the blurring effect. A little sharpening and some dodge and burn fun.
Thanks again to everybody. Merry Christmas! Oh... and to answer a question left, this was 1 of about 10 shots I took. Knew exactly the type of lighting I wanted to reflect nicely off the honey and focus on the mouth... :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 100
Avg (all users): 7.3833
Avg (commenters): 8.4348
Avg (participants): 7.3269
Avg (non-participants): 7.4063
Views since voting: 17820
Views during voting: 589
Votes: 180
Comments: 73
Favorites: 40 (view)


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11/05/2009 03:57:15 AM
And this is my favorite of your work, this one is one of my all DPC favorites as well, and it was the reason I bought this Tamron lens,
Thanks for beeing an inspiration :)
03/27/2008 06:04:59 PM
One of my absolute favorits!!!!!
01/13/2007 10:55:59 PM
Absolutely stunning...well done mate !!
Sanj
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12/30/2006 06:54:58 AM
Personally I think the yellow honey and pink tongue makes the skin appear green and ugly. It's a good photo nonetheless. Congratulations on the blue ribbon.
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12/29/2006 03:26:08 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
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12/29/2006 07:06:33 AM
Creative idea followed by a beautiful shot with amazing detail. True blue!
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12/29/2006 01:27:50 AM
Lovely shot - who are the jokers who score work like this a "2" or a "4"? I wish those superior souls would come forward and show us the way.
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12/28/2006 04:52:24 PM
congrats on an amazing shot and superb finalizing editting!
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12/28/2006 01:54:03 AM
Man that's some great detail...I'm glad your on my side
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12/28/2006 01:27:20 AM
Superb! a true masterpiece !
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12/27/2006 10:27:37 AM
great shot!
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12/27/2006 02:14:09 AM
Great shot Rudy, love the comp and lighting used, and the slight tint to the skin really helps the honey pop. Congrat on another ribbon and something new to your top 5!
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12/26/2006 07:38:06 PM
Great shot, well worthy of the finish. I particularly like the framing, to create the complex profile line to set off the straight line of the honey pour, fine lighting and good work with the softening/ sharpening to keep the details where you needed them.

Message edited by author 2006-12-26 19:38:32.
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12/26/2006 04:37:17 PM
Qart: fantastica toma, muy oportuna. Felecidades
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12/26/2006 03:14:00 PM
another totally amazing photograph to add to your gigantic collection of stunners .........
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12/26/2006 11:17:07 AM
Great photo... congrats!
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12/26/2006 09:44:50 AM
Congrats on winning the blue ribbon with this great photo. Very nicely done!
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12/25/2006 09:17:36 PM
Well well well!! Merry Christmas to you!! I LOVE this one!
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12/25/2006 08:32:32 PM
Way to go Rudy!! Congratulations
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12/25/2006 08:00:09 PM
Congratulations Rudy!
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12/25/2006 06:30:39 PM
Congrats on this great image. I really like the crop you did and the idea works so well for this challenge.
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12/25/2006 02:08:42 PM
Congrats Rudy.. this is very sensual! Perfect for the challenge!!
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12/25/2006 09:21:49 AM
Congrats on the Bluey...Lighting is perfect.
I enjoyed reading your comment about how the shot evolves ... so true.
Great work once again!
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12/25/2006 08:06:38 AM
yup, I knew it. Congrats.
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12/25/2006 07:50:56 AM
Wow this shot is just phenomenal. Congratulations on your first place finish.
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12/25/2006 06:06:29 AM
Way to go, Rudy. Congrats amd merry christmas!
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12/25/2006 02:36:18 AM
Great lighting and great shot Rudy, congratulations on winning the blue.
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12/25/2006 02:25:29 AM
you just ROCK, Rudy! and so does this shot! congrats on the blue ribbon. :)
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12/25/2006 01:30:55 AM
LOVE the lighting...How many takes did this take?
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12/25/2006 01:08:19 AM
Congratulations on the blue man! You do have a way with women!! ;)
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12/25/2006 01:04:24 AM
Congrats Rudy! I should have known this was yours.
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12/25/2006 12:59:59 AM
Outstanding! Superb! Wonderful!
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12/25/2006 12:38:05 AM
Great lighting Rudy. Finishing out the year strong.
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12/25/2006 12:32:37 AM
Great shot once again. Congrats on the blue dude.
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12/25/2006 12:28:45 AM
I absolutely loved this one so much, and knew it would win the "blue", and I was one of your "10's".....
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12/25/2006 12:07:25 AM
Oh this is AWESOME!!!!! What a larger than life, dramatic photo! Congratulations!!!

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12/25/2006 12:05:54 AM
I guess I was wrong Buddy! Gave you an 8...congrats on the Blue Ribbon.
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12/25/2006 12:05:44 AM
Yeah Rudy!!! Great score and congrats on yet another blue! Welldoen!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/24/2006 08:44:36 PM
I love the saturation gradient. Outstanding job, 10
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12/23/2006 03:07:46 PM
nicely done ... I love the desat
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12/23/2006 08:33:48 AM
Back to bump you up...only to 8 though because the blue gray skin kind of gives me the creeps! Excellent composition and a cool image. Nice job.
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12/23/2006 12:33:39 AM
Amazing. Great color scheme. Nice crop. The phot has amazing focus and clarity.
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12/22/2006 06:27:56 PM
Beautiful photo, my favorite -very sensual, great photo, and consistent with the challenge.

Jack
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12/22/2006 06:23:03 PM
Great composition - lighting is very effective and the partial de-saturation is subtely executed and blends naturally into the colour. Nice hint of the abstract about it - Good Work.
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12/22/2006 11:52:59 AM
I'm really impressed for this shot. Congrats
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12/21/2006 11:59:53 PM
You pretty much have this one in the bag me thinks - the stylish, seductive pose - the texture of the lip and lighting - the skin details - pretty amazing. The nose and the honey are just 95% each ... so 9
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12/21/2006 09:22:26 PM
This is a gorgeous shot with outstanding composition. The lighting is just a bit harsh, but if you still don't ribbon with this shot, then I'll kiss whoever's mouth is featured in the photo. :-)
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12/20/2006 09:21:18 PM
I can´t vote because I´m not a member, but THIS should win this challenge.
It doesn't counts but for me this is 10
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12/20/2006 11:58:46 AM
After browse all the entries in this challenge i think that you will get the blue ribbon. This is my personal bet, ;-)

Congratulations!!!

Relating this wonderful photograph i am not sure if the green hue of the skin was the best choice, but on the other hand it allows you more contrast with the honey hue.
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12/20/2006 11:52:12 AM
Great color tones | Near perfect lighting & exposure | Nice bit of sensuality thrown in, but I'm not fond of the harshness that crept in on the lips nor the hotspots on the teeth -- 9 --
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12/20/2006 08:47:50 AM
Good work
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12/19/2006 10:43:02 PM
WOW, very nice. I predict a winner. 10
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12/19/2006 01:57:45 PM
very cool shot.
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12/19/2006 01:22:32 PM
the greenish-grey skin is unattractive.
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12/19/2006 11:43:19 AM
Great concept ! I really like the way it's been done, lighting , focus etc. The only tiny thing is that (on my monitor at least)the skin has a slight greeny/blue tinge above the mouth. Otherwise a great shot. Well done.
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12/19/2006 07:50:57 AM
Not sure about the skin tone, but the shot is fantastic!
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12/19/2006 04:54:52 AM
A really close up photo, with a good effect....7 After studying this photo for some time with several others am bumping for it's excellence...10
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12/19/2006 02:56:20 AM
This is technically so dam good IMO, and I just love this one very much.
I hope it gets a ribbon, as I think it deserves one.....
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12/19/2006 12:39:32 AM
here's your ribboner right here. if this does not get blue, i will be surprised.
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12/18/2006 04:56:23 PM
qart?

awesome work wih a cool crop
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12/18/2006 04:54:50 PM
beautiful photo!
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12/18/2006 02:36:10 PM
Excellent shot.
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12/18/2006 09:46:06 AM
Certainly sticky, but I'm not sure that the green skin appeals to me in this composition: rich, natural, healthy honey and dead flesh??? dunno. Anyway good shot. 7
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12/18/2006 08:38:39 AM
Very provocative. In contrast with the other shop similar to this one in the challenge. I like the use of the tongue. However the lighting lacks a bit. Maybe a bit brighter. She has a beautiful mouth.
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12/18/2006 07:57:36 AM
great shot 8
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12/18/2006 06:48:38 AM
This will get you a ribbon for sure!
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12/18/2006 06:48:15 AM
Nice and sexy photo.
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12/18/2006 06:26:22 AM
Very sexy except that I think desaturating the skin makes her look like a corpse.
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12/18/2006 05:10:24 AM
Oooh...now this would be Qart's work! Wicked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12/18/2006 03:46:02 AM
this is really nice, but your choice to go b and w on the skin really detracts...looks like the colour of death...on my monitor it has a greeny tinge...apart from that it is superb, so...8
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12/18/2006 01:58:27 AM
I uh... i like this very very very very much. :D I mean i REALLY like this... did i mention i like this? Instant fave. If there was a 5bajillion point on there i would have given you that. 10!
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12/18/2006 01:28:48 AM
Hello blue ribbon.
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12/18/2006 12:46:10 AM
hmmm. could this belong to whom I think? will be interested to see when the challenge is over. nicely done. good luck. 7
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