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Cindy Lou WHO?
Cindy Lou WHO?
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Dr. Seuss (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Canon
Location: my kitchen
Date: May 6, 2007
Aperture: F/14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Humorous, Children
Date Uploaded: May 6, 2007

A little model, a large ball, some tinfoil, a spray paint can lid, pipe cleaners, a coat hanger, and duct tape (of course). And a ton of editing to make it more cartoonish. And don't forget the help from my wife.

I predict about a 6 -- I've helped the image a lot, but I wish I'd compressed the tonal range better when I took the picture (someone wasn't very patient). I also wish I'd thought out where and how to shoot the picture better.

Editing:
Export RAW (RawShooter)
Curves, crop.
Select ball and change its color to red (turned out to be quite a hassle to get it to look right especially with the tin-foil).
Tons of cloning on the ball (it was a rubber ball, after all)
Cloning and dodging on background (it was a kitchen wall, and it has lots of battle scars).
More curves.
Turned eyes blue (select, tint, blur, on separate layer).
Resize, sharpen, border.

Predict: Around a 6.

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 74
Avg (all users): 6.4667
Avg (commenters): 7.7857
Avg (participants): 6.6170
Avg (non-participants): 6.4327
Views since voting: 22960
Views during voting: 631
Votes: 255
Comments: 41
Favorites: 4 (view)


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05/15/2007 08:07:31 PM
Originally posted by birkin:

Congrats on your high score, well done!


Thank you, thank you. I owe it all to my little model, because I wasn't happy with the lighting and background :)
05/15/2007 01:51:21 AM
Congrats on your high score, well done!
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05/15/2007 12:05:22 AM
What a darling and what a lovely capture. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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05/14/2007 07:11:20 AM
Great shot Sean. Congrats on your PB.
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05/14/2007 12:14:01 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This is an adorable photograph and a great concept. It looks like you put a lot of effort into the costume and props here, and that effort paid off. It appears that you had a little trouble with your lighting, however, as evidenced by the strong shadows on the right side. This photograph would have benefited significantly from either a fill light or a reflector on the right side. The molding on the right side is also a touch distracting, but forgivable -- Cindy Lou did, after all, live in a house, so the molding is believable.

The blue on the frame seems a strange choice of color. I'm guessing you want with that to pick up the color from the model's eyes, but it just doesn't work for me. I'd have preferred to see the frame a different color, or no frame at all.

Overall this is an excellent image. If you can maintain this level of creativity and work out the lighting issues, you'll be a ribbon contender.

~Terry
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/13/2007 09:36:57 PM
Cute and creative.
05/13/2007 09:02:19 PM
This is fantastic! I LOVE how it is staged obviously, but also very realistic looking. And it is SO Seussian. One of my top picks, and extremely cute.
05/13/2007 12:10:00 PM
How could she not get all 10's OMG she is adorable!
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05/12/2007 07:17:34 PM
very cute...9
05/12/2007 02:03:28 PM
She looks like she could play the part on stage. Grat comp. Catch flash is a bit distracting.
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05/12/2007 02:10:04 AM
just adorable
05/11/2007 09:25:34 PM
This is outstanding! You have captured Cindy Lou Who perfectly. I give this a big 10.
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05/11/2007 04:26:04 PM
Nicely taken photo.
05/11/2007 08:14:26 AM
I'm not fond of the border, but I love this composition!
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05/10/2007 09:36:41 PM
I would have preferred even lighting. maybe a light coming from the other side. also have her stand away from the wall to avoid the shadows.
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05/10/2007 08:38:41 PM
This is adorable! It would have been even better with a nicer background. Nice job! 8
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05/10/2007 05:25:39 PM
I am not a fan of the color of your border but this is a good one. I like the expression from her face. ^_^
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05/10/2007 04:56:41 PM
Very Cute and I love the way the photo brings out the blue in her eyes.
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05/10/2007 02:37:41 PM
Very pretty little lady and amazing blue eyes.
05/10/2007 01:10:29 PM
Nicely done, she's a real Who;)
05/09/2007 11:12:08 PM
Absolutely adorable! Very nicely done.
05/09/2007 10:27:44 PM
This just screams Dr. Seuss! Love it!
05/09/2007 10:26:26 AM
Brilliant facial expression. Good crop. The colour is a little soft but the eyes are very blue. I am not keen on the blue in the boarder = 9
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05/08/2007 11:10:25 PM
Absolutely darling. One of my favorites of the challenge.

The eyes are a touch overdone and I might have dodge/blurred the background, but very cute photo! 8!
05/08/2007 08:25:41 PM
Adorable shot! Lacks punch to me because the lighting is pretty flat and the image needs more contrast. Although not always possible with little ones, it might bave been cute to maybe have her head resting on her hands on the "ornament". It would serve to bring her forward more instead of having the prop be so much more in front of her that she's sort of hiding behind it. I would also have left the floor out.

I dunno. I'm really big on using props minimally and focusing on the expression (especially with children), so just some ideas.
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05/08/2007 06:26:22 PM
who?
05/08/2007 02:28:20 PM
AWW!
05/08/2007 12:28:53 PM
That is a very beatiful picture. great interpretation ... and the eys and facial expression. great capture
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05/08/2007 11:58:10 AM
Love them blue eyes!
05/08/2007 10:13:55 AM
What a sweet model!
05/07/2007 09:45:22 PM
Now this is adorable! What a great, little model you have there....looks just like Cindy Lou Who! The pipe cleaner idea is the perfect touch.
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05/07/2007 03:38:28 PM
nice job, great color, great light control, nice clarity
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05/07/2007 02:08:10 PM
The subjects (props, costume, and especially the model) deserve a better backdrop and better lighting! The glare on the ornament is bad and the shadow on the wall is unfortunate. However, you get *adorable* points from me.
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05/07/2007 11:14:11 AM
Now that I believe! She's adorable and oh so innocent. The ornament is a nice touch.
05/07/2007 10:34:16 AM
This is very cute! One suggestion for improvement, the hot spot on the ball is a little distracting so a little more even lighting would help.
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05/07/2007 10:19:10 AM
I like this shot alot, she does look like little Cindi Who, nice job, and great idea. 9
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05/07/2007 09:49:30 AM
toooo cute!
05/07/2007 09:27:44 AM
That is simply adorable!!!!
05/07/2007 09:20:52 AM
LOL VERY VERY cute! gl 9+
05/07/2007 02:04:27 AM
the girl is adorable! i don't like the shadows though.
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05/07/2007 01:11:37 AM
Some color processing could make this one a little nicer. Adorably cute though.
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