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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Home
Date: May 13, 2007
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 330
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

Probably asking for trouble with this!!! The flower is blown out...and had big problems resizing it-for some reason I could only get 100kb-but hey, here goes!!

Taken at home-mixture of natural light and lamp light. Manual white balance. Taken of myself using a self-timer, so limited depth of field.
Converted to greyscale and contrast played with.

Place: 51 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.6449
Avg (commenters): 6.3333
Avg (participants): 5.3729
Avg (non-participants): 5.7189
Views since voting: 894
Views during voting: 437
Votes: 276
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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06/03/2007 11:12:55 PM
This is such a lovely idea!
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06/03/2007 10:40:37 PM
tashy ... you have gorgeous hair!! .. & i really like this photograph .. i love the way the your skin in the dress forms a sort of 'v' pointing to the bottom of the image, and how the dress blends into the black background .. i reckon that's awesome ...
interesting how different ppl see different things .. like the critique says that's a bad thing .. i totally disagree!!! .. i love how the dress forms a negative space which flows into the background ... just EXCELLENT .. :):)x
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05/27/2007 11:08:00 PM
Greetings from the critique club. First let me say that I think you already know that you might have stretched a bit on the challenge. However a nice photo will usually score well. I think you already know that the dress is lost in the BG and the flower is blown too far out losing you some points. I wish the framing hadnt been so tight to give some headroom(pun intended) and their are some distracting lines in the background. Over all you scored well for the challenge with the flaws in the shot. Good luck in future challenges.
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05/23/2007 02:13:31 PM
Hi, at first this wasn't going to be a hair shot-I'm not that vain!! I was actually wearing a black satin dress-but this didn't show up enough to be the focal point so hair it was!!
05/23/2007 12:46:23 PM
i definitely love the idea. but im just not digging the textures in this one. very artistic and imaginative shot though, thats what counts in my book :) yes, i have a book ;)
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05/23/2007 10:51:30 AM
Beautiful hair! I like the photo even with the extremely white flower!
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05/23/2007 10:18:41 AM
Natasha, your hair is BEAUTIFUL! I can tell you, I would NEVER try to pass my hair off as silky smoothe :) Maybe in a texture challenge to show all the fuzzies. . .but never like this. I love the pretty lighting on the left side of your hair. I'm surprised this scored 5.6. I think it deserves much higher.

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05/23/2007 08:01:12 AM
Pretty and sensual.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/21/2007 02:31:17 AM
Nicely shot. I think the white of the flower is too much though, as it immediately draws the eyes away from the hair, which I assume was your main subject.

Message edited by author 2007-06-21 03:27:59.
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05/20/2007 10:27:32 PM
Very nice presentation.
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05/20/2007 11:41:38 AM
Nice black and white.
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05/19/2007 07:31:40 AM
Flower is overly bright other wise I really like the hair and overall composition
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05/19/2007 05:49:51 AM
Good image for the challenge, like the lighting.
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05/18/2007 11:36:13 AM
this is a nice shot of hair. indeed it does look like it would feel silky smooth! good job meeting the challenge.
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05/17/2007 04:54:42 PM
A shame the hair is out of focus.
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05/17/2007 11:28:07 AM
nice contrast
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05/16/2007 09:50:17 PM
Good idea, but the contrast is too high. You'd lost almost all texture in the flower and the highlight in her hair, and her dress is lost in the background. Also would have preferred a little space above her head.
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05/16/2007 09:19:27 AM
I like the idea
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