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Multiple Counts of Unusual
Multiple Counts of Unusual

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-10 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ8
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Date: Oct 15, 2007
Galleries: Emotive, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2007

post challenge: I am SO overjoyed right now because this is my third entry that has scored above a 6. I could not be more pleased. One of the other entries was a free study where we could choose the best pictures from the past year and the other was from a challenge where there was not supposed to be a subject in your photo. Most challenges don't give you a year's worth of photos to pick from or go with something so different as a subjectless photo. I was wondering when a "normal challenge" would come along where I scored 6.. I've been waiting for this for a while. (Of course, I don't value the other 6s any less. The challenge distinctions I'm drawing are completely artificial anyway. I just thought it was interesting.) I am just so amazed and happy.

I had no idea that something so completely unorthodox would get me my third 6 score. I love this image, but I didn't think others would as much because most portraits you see aren't like this... blown out and burnt out parts are generally something to avoid. But I guess, with this one and the other from this photoshoot (see below) I did something right.

Thank you everyone. Thanks for the votes, and thank you for the comments. The comments especially mean SO MUCH to me.

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Place: 137 out of 521
Avg (all users): 6.0085
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.0645
Avg (non-participants): 5.8000
Views since voting: 1837
Views during voting: 202
Votes: 118
Comments: 25
Favorites: 3 (view)

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11/20/2008 03:11:26 AM
This is wonderful!!! The eyes are perfect!
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06/03/2008 03:20:59 AM
You do remember where the box is... dont you? ;)

Nice one kiddo!
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03/08/2008 07:24:43 AM
Excellent exposure. I love the composition.
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02/22/2008 02:52:26 AM
A well conceived toned image. Very moody and mysterious. Good perspective, composition and framing. The eyes give the viewer plenty to think about.

Realizing it is high contrast, there are a couple slightly overexposed areas like the bridge of the nose, some of the makeup on the forehead and a couple other spots you could correct. One thing I like to do for that is use a very low opacity, feathered brush to clone just a tiny bit of detail into those areas from somewhere else that closely matches what should be there. Should you try it you may be amazed how absolutely natural the result looks.
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11/14/2007 03:29:57 AM
Congrats Kelly! I'm very happy for you. I love the metal feel to this.
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11/14/2007 01:49:37 AM
I thought this might be you! Love it in B&W, even more so than color. It has so much more power to it this way. Excellent job with the shoot, the composition, the makeup, and the post. Very very nice work indeed! (And even though it's a 6, I still think it deserved more than that.)
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11/09/2007 03:54:56 PM
Like everyone else said - this looks GREAT in black and white. I think it looks more powerful too. And your eyes still command everyone's attention. Good job and congrats on your third highest PB!
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11/08/2007 02:11:31 PM
you got robbed on this one. very good photo. I find the B+W one much more powerful than the color one (both because of strong contrasty B+W processing and composition/eyes) - but obviously would not have flown in the "rainbow" challenge.

Message edited by author 2007-11-08 14:11:55.
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11/08/2007 06:23:51 AM
very well done indeed. the eyes have it!
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11/08/2007 02:14:17 AM
another good finish! you are bold!

nicely done
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11/08/2007 12:25:41 AM
WOW. Your eyes are just hypnotic. I'm looking forward to more shots like this of you. :) Congrats on a personal top 5!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2007 10:55:32 PM
Heavy shadow on the left and blown out on the right. I think this actually makes for a nice balance and a good portrait
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11/07/2007 10:48:10 PM
I know who you are, and I feel so completely biased about this photo that I cannot vote on it.

This photo makes me happy for you. I feel like you are coming through something, into a new world. This is an exciting photo. It is who you are and what you are at the same time. It is you as a subject and you as a photographer. But it is not you at all. It is a photograph. It is an image that you shaped into something beautiful and mysterious. You have left not only the confines of yourself, but time and space as well. Your left eye sees me, your right eye sees through me to something beyond.

Could it be that you are coming into your own? Could it be that this photo holds a hint for you, a hint about style and voice and vision, a hint for the artist, a muse? This photo is already there and waits for you to join her. Remember that path we talked about? She is looking at it right now.
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11/07/2007 02:18:27 PM
Good stare - nice and powerful
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11/06/2007 07:00:13 AM
very powerful! a winner for sure. those eyes! the B+W! great. would love to learn how you lit it.
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11/03/2007 06:33:59 PM
wonderful picture!!! like the make-up, the cropping, the eyes, the contrast!
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11/03/2007 02:08:05 PM
not bad, little over exposed in the top right corner
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11/03/2007 05:31:15 AM
great title to go with a fantastic picture, 9!
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11/02/2007 09:16:00 AM
Haunting and intriguing - I like the composition a lot, and like the blown and dark bits.
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11/02/2007 06:20:42 AM
Wish the right eye was in focus rather than the bridge of the nose, and that there weren't so many burnt out areas.
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11/01/2007 06:42:52 PM
nice lighting for drama.
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11/01/2007 03:51:22 PM
Realy wonderful. The entensity of the light and shadow. Great eyes. Love the perspective too.
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11/01/2007 07:09:39 AM
This looks like the rainbow entry, glad you made use of the session after covering yourself with magic markers :0)
It was one of my favourites in Rainbow and it works really well in this toned version. Those eye's are amazing - 8
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11/01/2007 07:02:04 AM
nice DOF but the white of the left eye (models right) is distracting me too much from the rest.
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11/01/2007 03:25:32 AM
great as a black and white...eyes are piercing, well done 8
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