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Challenge: Color Portrait II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9500
Location: Brisbane
Date: Mar 18, 2007
Aperture: f/3.9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/37
Galleries: Family
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2007

Slightly Desaturate the Background
Lighten eye area
Darken Book cover
Desaturate front cover slightly
Dodge & burn eyes
On eyes raise blues Desaturate reds
Sharpen eyes
Dodge & burn hair
Reduce noise

Place: 178 out of 268
Avg (all users): 5.2606
Avg (commenters): 6.4000
Avg (participants): 5.1630
Avg (non-participants): 5.3542
Views since voting: 553
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 188
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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03/30/2007 01:28:04 PM
Beautiful blue eyes. Nice the way you covered part of the face with a book for added viewer interest. Selection of a Harry Potter book is cute.

Lighting generally OK but not exceptional. Color and overall exposure looks good. I suspect there are several technical features that negatively affected voters. Though the eyes themselves are very beautiful and immediately draw attention, the undereye area is harsh and viewers will vote you lower because of it. And that is partly because the eyes attract so much attention already.

Ironically, it also appears that noise reduction may have been overused to make the areas above the eye browse and on the nose and bridge of the nose oversmoothed because of it.

The challenge:
Obviously, this meets the challenge.

This image is quite similar to another friend's entry in the same challenge that scored much higher. For that reason I suspect that technical quality figured prominently in your score.

Use the blur tool to soften and or eliminate the harsh undereye areas, even to the point of being unrealistic to your model, but realistic to viewers. That will make more difference than anything else.

Review post processing to insure that there is not the appearance of oversmoothing on your model's face.

Sharpening may be very slightly overdone so you may want to back off on it a bit. That is a lesson I've never quite learned myself. :)

Lastly, you have a basically blank background. Nothing wrong with that, but you might consider adding vignetting around the subject for added viewer interest.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/25/2007 11:28:26 PM
Nice picture. I feel that it would have benifited from a tighter crop on the right hand side, just my opinion though.
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03/24/2007 01:54:36 PM
she looks like she overdid it. I know how she feels... just can't put the book down! 7
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03/19/2007 12:56:07 PM
lighting seems flat and a bit harsh ... beautiful eyes!
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03/19/2007 10:49:45 AM
What crystal blue eyes! (I share her feeling about Harry Potter!) 8.
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03/19/2007 07:16:37 AM
I love this crop........"8"........
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