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The Cold Winter Stare
The Cold Winter Stare

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-11 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: My Apartment, Osaka, Japan
Date: Nov 21, 2007
Aperture: 2.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 21, 2007

I was messing around trying to take a self-portrait and found it very very hard. I did all kinds of faces just trying to get a good focus. This turned out not bad, so I worked on it.

Convert from RAW
Virtual Photographer (The first portion of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' judi's tutorial with the 3 layers.
Gradient layer with Blur (Color Layer)
Brought back more color in the eyes with the original background.
Used a Blue filter, extra on the eyes.
Selective Dodge and Burn

Place: 149 out of 393
Avg (all users): 5.8671
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 5.9911
Avg (non-participants): 5.5652
Views since voting: 1013
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 158
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/08/2007 03:13:17 AM
Great shot, excellent editing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2007 06:14:02 PM
Great detail and perfect lighting.
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12/07/2007 12:19:37 AM
Yikes! Well done!
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12/05/2007 12:03:09 PM
Nice effect. It sure gives me the creeps!
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12/04/2007 03:38:21 PM
great job except for the eyes. The blue looks way too fake.

I'd love this as a pure black and white.
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12/03/2007 10:40:15 PM
Please tell me how. Awesome shot. 10
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12/03/2007 05:34:49 PM
great shot.love the expression on his face
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12/03/2007 05:44:41 AM
Wowsers, awesome shot! Great framing. Nice light. Very cool processing. It works great. Well done!
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12/02/2007 11:40:06 PM
I love all the contrast and details in the face. I wish the eyes were a little bit more muted like the skin tones.
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12/02/2007 08:00:23 PM
Great job on the processing and the color tone.
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12/02/2007 03:52:11 PM
Love the blue eyes!
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12/02/2007 12:00:59 PM
you did good with this, kind of spooky. well composed, the selctive desat is effective without being overdone.
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12/02/2007 01:05:43 AM
Striking photo. Love the tonal range and grittiness. In fact, this is inspiring me to try a similar entry (although I'm sure it won't be executed nearly as well) for the current portrait challenge.
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12/02/2007 01:05:25 AM
ooohh, scary...
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