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Do-It-Yourself Makeover
Do-It-Yourself Makeover
Rebecca


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Challenge: Hair (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Denver, CO
Date: Apr 14, 2007
Aperture: 7.9
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Humorous, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2007

I wanted to do a photo like this when I chopped my hair off several weeks ago, but never did. It so happened that I had an appointment already scheduled at a salon for a color and highlight when the Hair challenge was announced with Expert Editing. I'm sure I puzzled the receptionists when I bounced in this morning with a purse, a big ole camera bag and a tripod, but once I explained it (to them, to Adam my colorist, and to a lady in the next chair over), I was given the okay and they let me set up along a row of chairs that was out of the way and not being used. Me in the chair is the "before", and me doing my hair is the "after". If you look closely, you can see that I'm even wearing different glasses - I got the new ones on Friday, and I was quite excited to get a bit of a makeover. It was a bit tricky, since the chairs swivel and needed to be in the same position for both shots, and then the tripod had to be set up with the camera and left completely untouched until the whole affair was finished. It didn't turn out to be as obvious as I had hoped, but it was fun! Thank you to Antoine du Chez's DTC salon for humoring me!

Post-challenge: No, the mirror isn't completely right, but those who thought the hands didn't match or the drier was in the wrong hand(s) are wrong. The mirror was created from the same two images as the foreground. The "wrong" part is that the drier needed to be behind the customer's shoulder instead of in front of it - but the actual positions of the hands are correct. The mirror just sees it from a very different angle!

This is the "after" I took to show my family:
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What's different? A lot more color and streaks in the hair. It was ash-toned before, and now it has a lot of red and even a little black in it! The glasses are much funkier than the last pair. It's a shame the difference wasn't so obvious under salon lights!

Statistics
Place: 89 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.5074
Avg (commenters): 6.0800
Avg (participants): 5.5075
Avg (non-participants): 5.5074
Views since voting: 1130
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 270
Comments: 30
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02/13/2009 10:05:54 AM
Very creative and very well executed! What a great idea - pleased to see how well you pulled it off, too!
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04/27/2007 02:52:37 PM
Creative, fun, and well done.
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04/25/2007 12:45:51 AM
I really liked this one. I gave it an 8. I love the explanation behind it though. This was very creative...Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 11:49:23 AM
hmm this is interesting. i like how it isnt obvious shes the same person. it takes a few seconds to catch on. nice job.
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04/23/2007 05:53:27 PM
dont see any make over happening but neat
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04/22/2007 03:37:37 PM
Nicely done. :) Only issue is the reflection doesn't match the positioning of the hands on the stylist. But overall a good job. :)
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04/21/2007 12:37:48 PM
colors seem to be clashing here yet washed out. If the hairdresser were wearing something other than maroon (maybe the teal color on the opposite wall) this would have been more cohesive.
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04/21/2007 08:33:39 AM
just didnt inspire
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04/20/2007 06:49:00 PM
Neat take on the challenge.
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04/20/2007 03:48:08 PM
its a bit 2 simple
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04/20/2007 02:53:10 PM
because your picture in the mirror doesn't match what you are doing standing up it looks a little funny, BUT... instead of making it that way (if you did) instead you should have flip flopped positions so that the mirros has the customer giving the hair dresser the make over. That would have been really cool looking.
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04/19/2007 09:20:15 PM
This picture is puzzling, the reflection doesn't match up, and it appears to be the same person??? Great job!! 8
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04/19/2007 04:42:00 PM
Pretty clever
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04/19/2007 04:27:28 PM
There was something strange going on here that made me stop. Must be the mirror image not mirroring the real (?) situation. :)
Besides the use of the same person for both persons in the shot of course. :)
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04/19/2007 02:22:51 AM
Hilarious. Love the expressions and the mirror.
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04/19/2007 12:29:04 AM
Good points for the editing on the chair & in the mirror if this is all the same person. - 7
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04/18/2007 10:25:33 PM
Very cleaver and nicely done. There is a problem with the position of the hair drier in the mirror, but not points off for that.
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04/18/2007 06:51:02 PM
Nice effort, but we can see in the mirror where the woman is holding the blow-dryer with both hands and only one hand in the main photo. Keep practicing, you'll get it!
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04/18/2007 05:03:52 PM
a bit grainy but very nice editing!
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04/18/2007 01:26:19 PM
I don't think the self in the chair looks very happy about this setup! LOL Very nice concept and execution.
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04/18/2007 01:10:44 PM
Ha, took me a few seconds to realize that was the same person. Cute idea. The reflection doesn't match, though, we should not be able to see the hairdryer in the mirror like that.
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04/18/2007 12:49:16 PM
Ambitious idea and pretty well executed too. The mirror image is a tiny bit off... Well done.
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04/18/2007 12:36:44 PM
Well, there something that's bothering me about this photo, and I'm not sure what. I don't think it's the lighting - the lighting looks really cool Maybe it's because the dark and shadowy areas are grainy. But anyways, this is an intersting shot - I like seeing their reflection in the mirror! Very cool.
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04/18/2007 12:18:31 PM
Nice effect, and it does involve hair, but there doesn't seem to be any emotion captured. Could've used more sharpening, in my opinion.
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04/18/2007 11:32:27 AM
Well done, great idea and excelletn execution. 7
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04/18/2007 10:48:31 AM
i like this. especially the imposiblility of the 'stylist' in the mirror - the hands are completely different. that makes the image!
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04/18/2007 10:26:49 AM
The mirror image of the woman holding the blow dryer doesn't match, but kudos for creativity.
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04/18/2007 02:02:25 AM
very clever...well done...I had to look and reralised it was you, then I saw the title D'Oh! well done
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04/18/2007 01:57:42 AM
very darn clever! :)
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04/18/2007 12:37:35 AM
not sure if it was on purpose or not but the mirror reflection is different, including the blow dryer being in the wrong hand.
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