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Window to the Soul
Window to the Soul

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Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Singapore. home
Date: May 29, 2007
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80s
Galleries: Emotive, Macro
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

All my scientific ideas fell short, so I had to turn my eye to religion... I really did want to enter a mad-scientist style shot, but for various reasons did this instead. Loving my new macro lens.

It turned out to be far harder to capture the reflection of a cross in the highlights then I thought it would be. Part of the problem was that with the macro I was getting the outline of the flash (and even the umbrella spokes) distinct in the umbrella catch-light. Eventually I chose to shoot through an umbrella.

PP: the eye steps from Brads model tutorial, burn the cross and pupil, contrast mask, curves, brightness/contrast, saturation, blur the edge of the iris (although it still looks a bit like she is wearing a contact lens), resize, light sharpen, and save for web.

I don't love this, but hope it will do okay. The team needs more than I'm gettign from Elements. My concern is with the size of the catch-light and the blur to the left of the eye. Lets see how it goes.

Place: 154 out of 311
Avg (all users): 5.2581
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1324
Avg (non-participants): 5.3305
Views since voting: 693
Views during voting: 393
Votes: 186
Comments: 5
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 01:28:27 PM
beautiful clarity, vivid coloring, wonderfully lit skin tones
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06/02/2007 07:37:41 PM
Most fascinating iris...fiery...I'm wondering how you did that catch light...edited? Very nice.
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06/01/2007 10:36:56 AM
sorry, but as a photographer your job is to convince me.

photographically, this is a nice picture. However, I am not convinced that this is religious.
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05/31/2007 11:01:28 PM
great shot!!!
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05/31/2007 04:53:56 PM
Interesting textures and colors in the iris; like the subtle appearance of the shadow of the cross. Title is highly cliche and the shot overall is a little blah. Point of focus is also off, drawing the viewer away from your intended subject.
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