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Winter Day
jjusa


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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Back Yard
Date: Dec 3, 2007
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Dec 3, 2007

Post Processing: RAW conversion, black and white conversion, curves to add contrast, highlights 10%, curves to darken & add vignette, dodge and burn tree/face/eyes, remove facial blemishes, burn in tag on scarf, slight gaussian blur on face, curves to add contrast, resize, USM, border, save for web

Statistics
Place: 17 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.7112
Avg (commenters): 7.3182
Avg (participants): 6.4160
Avg (non-participants): 6.8985
Views since voting: 2290
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 322
Comments: 49
Favorites: 4 (view)


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12/24/2007 07:20:02 AM
Nice work. Congrats with the high finish in a difficult and high standard challenge.
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12/21/2007 06:12:07 PM
Awesome contrasts and tones!
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12/12/2007 11:12:16 AM
Excellent photo - congrats on the score.
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12/12/2007 08:55:25 AM
Truly outstanding. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 11:34:52 PM
I think the eyes look a bit overdone, but it's a handsome portrait. It also looks like the branch is an antler! :-)

Excellent job on the b&w.

Message edited by author 2007-12-12 00:10:22.
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12/11/2007 10:51:44 PM
great light and contrast
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12/11/2007 08:07:45 PM
Superb use of black and white. One of my favorites.
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12/11/2007 07:50:48 AM
This is really a great shot. The lighting and tones are perfect. If the branch wasn't behind your head this would have been a better shot. just a little FYI. Good luck
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12/11/2007 02:31:26 AM
I really like your photo. I think the main "criticism" you'll get is regarding the branch behind you. (7)
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12/10/2007 03:44:30 AM
I like the lighting, the texture on the tree, and the border.
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12/09/2007 10:16:48 PM
Great lighting and contrast--post-processing is effective but doesn't call attention to itself. Though the branch sticking out of your ear is a little distracting. :)
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12/09/2007 07:25:21 PM
Ah. my friend, I really like this photo but I don't like the branch. It just kills the good photo makes it a humorous one. I will close my eyes and pretend that branch is not there and vote thus way. Technically perfect, and very nice composition. Good photo overall :)
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12/09/2007 03:59:57 PM
this is a nice self portrait esp. your eyes.. Well done..
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12/09/2007 08:32:50 AM
Good image, but the branch is very distracting.
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12/09/2007 03:46:34 AM
beautiful shot except for the "antler" 8
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12/07/2007 07:56:41 PM
This is very nicely done, but the head-piercing twig bugs the heck out of me... I also wish you'd off-centered the figure just a tad more, it's uncomfortably close to being dead-center. Beautiful processing though.
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12/07/2007 05:11:23 PM
Really a great image, but I don't like the stick behind your head. 8
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12/06/2007 10:26:38 PM
I really like the this portrait, I would just take down the eyes a bit to match the body because even though you want to make the eyes pop out in the a portrait, you shouldn't have them be over powering.

To make the eyes really pop out, try putting a catch light in the shot. Not only does it save you time with photoshopping, but it also is the most capturing thing you can do in a portrait.

Either way, I love everything else in the photograph. Just fix the eyes.
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12/06/2007 08:02:34 PM
Nice and simple, it's a fab shot and good black and white comversion
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12/06/2007 01:42:31 PM
Very nice. great B & W study. 8 from me. My one improvement suggestion is to watch the composition, though. You're a bit centered in the image, You would also look a lot better without the "antler" - even though it is Christmas season. It would also be better without showing the tag on your scarf.
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12/06/2007 01:22:52 PM
I would give you a 10 except for the twig sticking out the side of your head! 9
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12/06/2007 11:27:23 AM
ohh that antler
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12/06/2007 10:23:18 AM
Looks like you have a branch growing out of your head... otherwise nice job.
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12/06/2007 12:28:00 AM
Nice B&W
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12/05/2007 11:28:36 PM
I love everything about this image except the tree branch that looks like it's coming out of the side of your head!
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12/05/2007 11:21:48 PM
I love the snow and your lighting is great! beautiful depth of field i can't wait to see what lens you used for this :)
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12/05/2007 11:20:22 PM
Lovely dof and great composition. LOVE the conversion and PP.
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12/05/2007 11:09:17 PM
Good one! One of the best in the challenge. Beautifully done. If I were to be picky about one thing, it's the tag on your scarf, I wish you'd turned the scarf to not show it. Otherwise, perfect. ~10
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12/05/2007 10:06:41 PM
good light and contrast..
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12/05/2007 08:14:00 PM
Love it.. all I can say is 9
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12/05/2007 05:09:52 PM
Nice composition. Lighting looks a tad bit flat though.
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12/05/2007 03:42:30 PM
Great shot, but it looks like you have an antler! hehe! Great sharpness though and overall great composition. Good luck!!
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12/05/2007 03:36:24 PM
Really well done. Only nitpick is that branch sticking out of the side of your head - I know a surgeon who does branchectomies. :P
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12/05/2007 01:32:54 PM
this would be a fantastic shot if it weren't for that branch growing out of your head.
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12/05/2007 01:14:09 PM
This is awesome! I love the dramatic processing and 3-dimensional quality it has. The only thing that I think would have made this even more perfect would be if you had cloned out the stick on the left side of your head. But that's not much of a big deal. 9
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12/05/2007 12:38:07 PM
Like the b/w and tones, dof. and composition. Should have broken off that branch though. Good luck.
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12/05/2007 10:49:02 AM
Nice portrait! You did well!
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12/05/2007 10:30:50 AM
This is my absolute favourite of the challenge.....it is far superior to all the other entries. Good luck!!
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12/05/2007 10:29:13 AM
would have been a REALLY nice portrait if only that branch didn't look like it was sticking out of your head... very distracting.
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12/05/2007 09:25:05 AM
That is terrific. Honest, well lit, focused. The tones are terrific. One of my favs so far.
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12/05/2007 08:37:08 AM
I really like the area you chose to shoot at. Great lighting, and the vignetting adds a lot to your shot, my only beef would be what seems to be a lot of dodging on the eyes, a lil less may be more IMO. Other than that, great shot.
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12/05/2007 08:04:57 AM
Great portrait. Gap logo on scarf distracting.
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12/05/2007 06:55:37 AM
That is actually pretty good, except for that twig growing out of your head. :)
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12/05/2007 06:14:03 AM
this looks romantical. Nice lighting and composition
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12/05/2007 05:31:17 AM
Very candid. Much different from "setup" shots. Goodluck.9.
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12/05/2007 03:50:44 AM
This is a Nice crisp image, Too much processing of the eyes spoil it a Little fr me and you could have noticed that twig.
I hope you do well young Man !
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12/05/2007 03:45:58 AM
Very handsome photos. Nice tones. What bugs me is that stick poking out of the side of your head. Something to watch out for. :)
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12/05/2007 01:40:01 AM
Nice image
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12/05/2007 12:03:40 AM
IMO the whites in the eyes look a bit harsh and unnatural. If those are real whites, then damn...6
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