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American Beauty
American Beauty

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Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Hopatcong, NJ
Date: Jul 15, 2007
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Portraiture, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2007

Heal brush to remove moles and beauty marks
Adjustment layer - curves - slight lighten
Unsharpen Mask
Gaussian Blur
Fade Gaussian blur with blend mode at soft light
save as jpeg

Place: 296 out of 366
Avg (all users): 4.7956
Avg (commenters): 5.4545
Avg (participants): 4.8043
Avg (non-participants): 4.7895
Views since voting: 6431
Views during voting: 722
Votes: 225
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/28/2007 03:44:52 PM
I'm not going to beat you up about the composition and angles, you've gotten enough of that, but I will mention the flag...

Use great care when using the flag (of any nation) in photos such as this. Any minor thing can be considered a slight or a display of disrespect, unless you intend to be disrespectful of a flag - such a political commentary, but I don't see that as the case here. More likely, it was a convenient backdrop.

One more thing, when the US flag is displayed dismounted (not on a flag pole), the field of stars must be on the left without regard to orientation (vertical or horizontal).
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07/26/2007 12:52:11 AM
I don't like her laying on the American flag. So-called "artists" will defend it as some sort of artistic expression. I just find it disrespectful; though I will concede the possibility that if it were extremely well-done and carried some kind of deep message, there might be a possibility that it could be acceptable. Maybe. But not this one. I am not accusing the photographer of intentionally being disrespectful. I am simply expressing the view that there are some things that are inappropriate to do with the flag and that this is one of them.

Message edited by author 2007-07-27 04:12:58.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2007 11:34:42 PM
positon of model looks stiff and a bit awkward. its still a cool picture, but she looks uncomfortable and her position makes the light hit her weird
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07/24/2007 11:43:10 AM
not well composed.
mismatch the prospective
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07/23/2007 07:08:16 PM
Nice idea, only the way she protects her breasts is slightly unnatural. Maybe would have been better with just one arm crossing them.
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07/22/2007 11:26:51 PM
I like the concept, but the angle just doesn't work for me
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07/20/2007 09:50:43 PM
I am always a sucker for a beautiful girl
07/19/2007 10:50:51 PM
wow she looks really young..pretty girl tho /7
07/19/2007 12:53:45 PM
this shot does not work for me.. but the concept was pretty good.. lack of make-up of model..
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07/18/2007 11:40:25 PM
I dunno... I want to like this one, but the lighting just seems so harsh. From the dark (almost in shadow) legs, to the bright tummy, to her super bright right arm (left side of image) and back to her face being so much darker than her tummy.

The question is... what is the important thing for us to look at here? Is it her stomach? Her right arm? The eye is naturally drawn to the brightest part of the image and for that reason, I think you've missed the mark on your lighting.

I also think the image would have been ever so much more powerful if her eyes connected with the viewer by looking right into the camera. But to that end, you would need to rotate her body because looking down her nose at the camera it would shut her eyes and reduce the impact. The greatest impact with eyes comes when you can see a lot of white around the eyes. That happens from a side ways glance, or an upwards glance.

The girl, however, is cute and I hope you'll show her again in future challenges.
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07/18/2007 10:04:38 PM
The perspective you chose distorts your model.
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07/18/2007 07:51:58 PM
Um... i dont think this is a good picture. You need to use "natural light" not something in side!
07/18/2007 04:47:22 AM
Oh boy. These kind of shots really do nothing for me. It seems just there for the sake of attention as opposed to saying something about the model. So trying to put aside my bias, some places that could have been inproved... lighting. It seems brightest on her stomach and even blown out on her arm. I'd like to see more light and attention on her face. The pose is really unnatural. There are better ways to do implied nudity, like perhaps laying on her stomach. The lipstick print seems completely unnecessary unless this is some sort of commentary on lesbianism, in which case the person who put it there should be in the photo as well. If it's a tattoo... well then I would have cloned it out.
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07/18/2007 12:28:09 AM
Gonna give you an 8 for the gratuitous nudity...had the hands been at her side, perhaps a 9 or 10 lol. Nice idea, but try again with proper lighting and I think your image will much better (I know...naturally light only on this challenge) Also, don't forget those pesky hands!!
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