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Till I'm red in the face
Till I'm red in the face

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Challenge: Red II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Edinburgh
Date: Mar 5, 2007
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2007

The lengths I go to for this place, covered myself in face paint from the elbow up and then just started making faces. Got my idea from the video for liar by the henry rollins band.


convert from raw

If it was advanced editing I would whiten my teeth, not sure why they look so yellow in this shot. Should also add that I was pretty sore after this as I was tensing and straining my body for a lot of shots, think I pulled something :P

out-take ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/58800/120/480803.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/58800/120/480803.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Place: 351 out of 434
Avg (all users): 4.6134
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4000
Avg (non-participants): 4.8652
Views since voting: 708
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 194
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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03/19/2007 03:49:27 PM
Overal framing is fine. Pose is a good capture.

I can tell you why the teeth are yellow. It's white balance issues that commonly occur in low light level images like this one. DPC is chucked full of images not corrected for color casts and most of those are low light situations. Low light level images have a tendency to have a yellow and/or red color cast. People that argue against post processing and suggest that what the camera captures is the way it 'really is' are... welllll... wrong. ;)

Looks like there is a red color cast in the "black" portions of the image where there shouldn't be. I suspect that is because you, like most people, used PP to increase the amoung to red in their image to better meet the challenge. You should not have done that and it hurt this composition.

In a somewhat minimalist image like this the technicals have to be rock solid perfect. The focus is soft and it has a redish yellow color cast. Both are killers.

The challenge:
I'm not familiar with the video for "Liar" but will take your word for its connection. I suspect few voters will see that connection either and will vote accordingly. This image looks like it was post processed to make it 'redder' and most voters probably saw that and voted lower.

In the conversion from RAW you can correct the color temperature that will reduce the yellow and/or red color cast you image may have out of camera. In Photoshop's ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) it is the first adjustment on the conversion application's dialog box.

Try to sharpen it more without oversharpening.
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03/19/2007 02:25:30 PM
This is really cool - love the concept and the facial expression. I didn't get a chance to vote in this challenge, so here is my take:

This seems REALLY dark on my screen - I mean - really dark! This is probably why it was voted low than you expected. By the way - I love the devilish look in your outtake - maybe even more than the entry.

I think you had a lot going on with the image and your dedication to the site is appreciated!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/11/2007 05:44:09 PM
nice concept and execution of your idea.
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03/09/2007 07:28:09 PM
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03/07/2007 11:37:25 AM
Creative, but the yellow teeth are distracting to me.
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