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The Clown
The Clown

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Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: May 17, 2007
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: May 18, 2007

I dont really like this shot. I think the clown nose looks like it's painted on in photoshop. But I decided to post this anyway. In my opinion selective desaturation sucks. It's ugly.
Whatever. I don't think this will score very high.

Place: 375 out of 556
Avg (all users): 5.1256
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 4.9759
Avg (non-participants): 5.6327
Views since voting: 742
Views during voting: 273
Votes: 215
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2007 08:54:08 PM
Would be much better with the nose in focus.
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05/26/2007 04:59:25 AM
cool 8
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05/24/2007 11:51:46 AM
What a lovely model, great expression, fantastic eyes and catchlights, and those freckles, well... Looking at the reflection on the nose I think perhaps you lost an opportunity to give it even more impact with sharp focus on the nose as well? Good luck
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05/24/2007 12:43:30 AM
Even lighting on both sides of the face would have made this a good exposure. 7
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05/23/2007 01:54:29 PM
LOL..that's great! I love the freckles..
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05/22/2007 01:52:49 PM
I scored this image a 6 which to me means unsatisfactory but not a failure.

The problem is the nose is out-of-focus, and that is what you chose to leave colored so you draw even more attention to that defect. The expression you captured was perfect and fits the desat theme of the picture well and is otherwise a very nice composition. It does have weak greyscale tonality but that is not as glaring as the nose.

You may have just chosen the wrong central focal point. With the depth of field you already had you could have focused on the nose and still had the eyes and mouth in sharp focus. Another thing you could have done was to shoot at a higher f/number for greater depth of field. If you chose to have the nose out-of-focus purposely then that was the wrong decision. It will just look like a mistake to most viewers.

For improved greyscale tonality you could reduced contrast to bring back detail then increase just the black with "Selective Color" and still retained the BW impact of the image.
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05/21/2007 10:07:25 AM
with the advanced editing option, i think i would have liked to see you take some of the window reflection down out of the eyes... but i really do like this shot otherwise.
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