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Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Thomasville, Ga
Date: May 16, 2007
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Family, Children
Date Uploaded: May 19, 2007

I really had a hard time deciding what to leave colored in this photo. Truth be told, I much prefer the full color version. But I thought just the wings in color gave an interesting look.

Place: 129 out of 556
Avg (all users): 5.7972
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.7101
Avg (non-participants): 6.1042
Views since voting: 1030
Views during voting: 304
Votes: 217
Comments: 6
Favorites: 4 (view)

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05/30/2007 01:16:57 PM
You did a great job on this! The setting is fantastic, the wings and bow are great! The little girl incredible!
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05/30/2007 01:13:02 PM
Touching capture of a little girl in dreamland with a proper selective desaturation choice to emphasis her imaginative play.

Overall technicals are good. Depth of field, sharpness, composition and lighting are all good. It shows none of the usual digital artifacts we are used to seeing in submissions. You handled the color boundary well for this image.

The blue bow on top of her head, though supporting the theme, acts more distractive than not.

The Challenge:
129th out of 554 is a good placing in such a large challenge. You were .4 above the challenge average. Voters like this image but feel it is not top tier. The image cannot be faulted for technical quality so "wow" factor probably played a roll in a lower score. Many voters were probably jaded to selective desaturation by the time they voted on this one.

Unsure, but some voters might have thought having your model on a wall was not a good idea.

You might try desaturating the top bow to eliminate that as a distraction. The wings support the main theme well already.

Consider some serious dodge and burn on the girl herself, possibly using a "vivid light" brush, to give her more "depth" and draw more attention to her. Lightening her hair and locally increasing the contrast on her dress would look nice.

Another thing you might consider to support a dreamlike theme would be an offset vignette centered on the girl.
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05/29/2007 05:58:09 PM
I love it :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/24/2007 11:19:42 PM
...and may the wind be always at your back.
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05/21/2007 01:17:08 PM
cute! I have a soft spot for fairies though so I might be biased. ;)

Some improvements... I'm a fan of expression joyful laugh, funny face, excitement, etc. If you didn't want to show her face maybe arms up like shes dancing or mid spin or something? As far as editing, if the dress matched I might have left that maybe with half saturation to break it up a little. I probably would have cropped out more of the top of the image, to me it looks better without the moss and I like that composition, but as always that a personal choice.

Overal pretty and lighthearted imge.
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05/21/2007 07:46:15 AM
this is sweet.
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