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Challenge: Personification II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Outcasts
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: My home, in Caloundra Queensland Australia.
Date: Feb 3, 2007
Aperture: 4.00
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Nature, Textures
Date Uploaded: Feb 3, 2007

My idea was to try and find another autumn leaf, like I had for the brown challenge. I went through my bag of autumn leaves, and found one that was the right size, but had no markings, or holes etched into it.

I then went to town with my sharp craft knife, to make holes like a Abstract face mask.....I nearly distroyed it, when I set fire to scorch the edges. I quickly put it under the tap to put the fire out.

Thankfully it worked, as I also put a second leaf behind the top face mask leaf, with two glass circles as eyes.....
I set the botton autumn leaf on to a black velvet fabric backdrop. Placed the two green glass circles on the leaf to form the eyes. I then laid the textured etched autumn larger leaf on top, to form the abstract face/mask.

Origional image was in the raw format.
Dated 3-2-2007. Number 4090.
Cropped image to portrait size.
Appearance - Strong
Curves/Levels - High
Adjusted Fill-Light down, Shadow-Contrast up, & Highlight-Contrast down,
Noise Suppression by 50%
Color Noise Suppression by 10%
Vibrance 2% to 5%
Save to JPEG file.

The photo shop processing, was very simple.
Image - Adjustments - Shadow Highlights
Filter - Sharpen - Snart Sharpen.
Filter - Noise - Reduce Noise
Cloned out small white spots in background.
Burned the background. Burned parts of the leaf/face for shadows. Dodged parts on the leaf/face for highlights.
Image - Adjustments - re Curves, and a small amount of Hue/Saturation. Also 5% Contrast as well.
Filter - Sharpen - Unsharp Mask.
Added border.
Resize and save for web.

Called my image I-C-U.

Place: 61 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.8563
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.4217
Avg (non-participants): 6.2527
Views since voting: 847
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 174
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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02/12/2007 08:36:38 PM
Not a bad result given the challenge.
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02/12/2007 12:14:31 AM
Good finish Shez,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/11/2007 05:07:31 PM
This is kind of scary....and funny at the same time
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02/11/2007 04:29:45 PM
I like - 9
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02/11/2007 03:48:51 PM
Neat idea, nice colors
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02/11/2007 03:00:04 PM
Scary... well seen !
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02/11/2007 12:57:58 PM
This is a pretty good idea, but the lighting is too harsh, the leaf lacks the subtle texture.
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02/06/2007 02:50:38 AM
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02/05/2007 12:02:44 PM
very creative, the only thing is that the white spots in the upper right corner are a little distracting!
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02/05/2007 01:06:13 AM
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