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Challenge: Fill the Frame II (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: My friend\'s couch
Date: Jan 20, 2007
Aperture: 2.7
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2007

This is my best friend's baby, Joaquin (pronounced HWAH-keen)on his 2 week birthday :) I'm sure you will see him a lot more since he's the first my first and only "baby model."

All of the editing I did would actually be considered legal in advanced editing. I rotated, cropped, adjusted: brightness, saturation, color and "pain daubs" filter, cloned the lower corners to "fill the frame", smudged, burned, and added the frame. The tint is a little orange in some corners and it might appear blown out on uncalibrated moniters, but hopefully voters won't mind that. I just think he looks so angelic! Even if they don't like the editing I did, I really don't care because I love the result. Hopefully others will too.

:::After Challenge:::

OMG!! C'mon people, be realistic...do you think I really would take a picture of a dead baby??
...okay, so there was that one member who did...so I guess you coulda thought that...hmmm (jk)

I actually didn't do any layers or vignetting like Bear_Music said...Truth is I still don't know how to do layers yet *ducks and runs!*
Nope, just one image with some burning in the corners.

As for it looking kind of fake (and apparently dead) I was going for an angelic painting sort of feel. I think I mostly acheived that. The lips do look a bit fake, but considering it was expert editing, I didn't think people would really care about that. Oh well, it's still one of MY personal favorites. Thanks for all of your comments :)

My best friend, Adriana:
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I really should take more shots of her...these don't do her any justice at all. However she's one of those people who HATES her picture being taken :(

Statistics
Place: 59 out of 211
Avg (all users): 5.8302
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3902
Avg (non-participants): 6.2987
Views since voting: 1158
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 159
Comments: 37
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/08/2007 07:05:53 PM
I think it's quite lovely, and like the high key/soft focus effect. Probably would have voted it a 7 or 8.
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02/02/2007 05:22:02 PM
This is beautiful! Great job, score should have been much higher!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2007 05:10:20 PM
This child looks very much alive and pink and beautiful!
As an artist, I have no problems with artistic expression in every medium including photography..it is art, after all.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2007 04:53:24 PM
i believe you WERE robbed here. This is an amazing piece of work. It think you definitely acheived your "angelic" feel. I think it's wonderful and imo it should have scored higher. :)

~Magen*
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02/02/2007 03:26:04 PM
I do not understand why this site does not seem to embrace those entries from members who can transform photographs into painting-like entries.

Your entry is definitely really good!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2007 03:20:54 PM
If the lips looked less painterly I think you would have done MUCH better. Voters want to be assured that the image is photographic first and foremost even if it's artistically processed. Since the lips are the only thing to gauge this (i.e. the detail) the voters are left with the impression that it's more painterly than anything else. If that makes sense. :) Mind you there is NOTHING wrong with this. In fact is pretty awesome but just my take on why it didn't score better.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2007 02:34:55 PM
This was wonderful. It definitely should have placed higher!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2007 02:19:00 PM
Sheesh, I cannot believe this finished` so low in score. I was one of your seven 10's...

In your comments you say: "I actually didn't do any layers or vignetting like Bear_Music said...Truth is I still don't know how to do layers yet *ducks and runs!* "

Let me respond to that with: 1. I never said in my comment anything about layers, and 2. Vignetting = darkening the corners, so yeah you vignetted :-)

Nice work!
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02/02/2007 01:29:05 PM
very cool. I dont get the dead feeling. just painterly. nicely done.
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02/02/2007 01:10:52 PM
Your friend is lucky to have you taking shots of her baby, especially fabulous ones like this. I can just see the walls of her house plastered with your photos in a couple of years.
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02/02/2007 11:32:21 AM
Good job, I'm trying to duplicate your work on one of my baby (granddaughter) pictures. Thanks!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/02/2007 01:00:30 AM
Clearly I was off with my assumption this would be "up there". Dead baby or sleeping baby, I still think it's great work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2007 01:46:31 PM
lips look really fake. did you apply some wack filter? other than that, good image.
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01/31/2007 12:38:32 PM
perfect, how could this not get a 10?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/30/2007 06:02:36 PM
Sweet close-up; the essence of simplicity and innocence. Don't like the "painted" effect but do love the image, the crop/composition and the high key nature.
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01/30/2007 12:53:51 PM
Lips look too processed.
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01/29/2007 05:41:50 PM
aww...wahat a cutie
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01/29/2007 03:20:50 PM
Looks like a painting. I like it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/28/2007 09:18:47 PM
wow... angelic
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01/28/2007 03:37:27 PM
like the painterly aspects except for the lips - seems like a little too much contrast there. eyes are wonderful.
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01/28/2007 07:59:30 AM
Beautiful.....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/27/2007 11:03:46 PM
Very sweet!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/27/2007 07:18:26 PM
how precious
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01/27/2007 11:12:01 AM
nice and simple. little over processed for me, but it works
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/26/2007 09:10:48 PM
Lovely. It would have worked better for me if the image wasn't this pink. Definitely meets the challenge for me.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/26/2007 08:01:12 PM
It looks like a porecelain doll! Very precious!
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01/26/2007 05:45:48 PM
I like that you've completely filled the frame, only thing is I think this photo loses something since all the hair & chin are cut off. Great use of expert editing though.
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01/26/2007 01:07:31 PM
something about the lips?
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01/26/2007 12:54:58 PM
Wow, that is just beautiful. The colors, the clarity, the composition - excellent. Fantastic job on the processing. 10 from me. I'll eat my hat if you don't get a ribbon, and I've not even seen all the entries yet.
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01/26/2007 12:36:48 PM
A little bit creepy because the baby sort of looks dead, however, getting past that I believe the soft lighting is superb, and the lighting on the lips is fantastic. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/26/2007 11:11:03 AM
Some area's seem to be to washed out. The lips give it almost an oil painting effect. Fills the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/26/2007 05:26:11 AM
You know it feels to me like this baby has passed on - the photo for some reason seems to not look like a sleeping baby. Can't put my finger on why, perhaps the processing. Good fill the frame though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/26/2007 12:55:21 AM
adding to faves!!!! 10
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01/26/2007 12:55:12 AM
Wow, this is superb. Very very nicely done. You should do well in the challenge. The lips look a little fake. Almost if they were watercolor. Very very peaceful. Excellent job!
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01/26/2007 12:54:03 AM
I think I understand what you were going for, but this is just too overexposed for my taste.
01/26/2007 12:48:43 AM
I find this very disturbing. The editing is superb but to me it looks like a dead baby. I hope this doesn't offend you but I showed it to 4 other people, and just said "what is your take on this" and they all said "dead baby." I wanted to make sure. It's powerful. 7
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01/26/2007 12:38:41 AM
Oh man, that's EXQUISITE in its own way. I absolutely LOVE the processing here, especially the precise hint of vignetting in all 4 corners. I'll be very interested to see how this fares. keep me posted if you like, I am done with voting on this image :-)
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