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Challenge: Peek-a-Boo (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Mar 8, 2008
Aperture: F 5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Family, Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2008

My 8 year old granddaughter peeping through some openings in a brick wall. I really like the slightly disorienting look, from her face being sideways and only partially exposed.

Good thing this was advanced editing and I had a RAW to work from. My fill flash washed out the lower part of the bricks more than it lit the face behind them. In JPEG, I don't think I could have pulled this much detail out of it. I used a lot of area selections in order to adjust the different sections independently, But I think it all pulled together.

-Import RAW into Paint Shop Pro
-Selected lower part of brickwork and adjust curves to match with upper half
-selected inner part and adjusted curves to bring out detail
-Fussed for several hours over exactly how to crop it.

Pre-challenge notes:
I won't even hazard a guess at how this will do. Votes on my entries have been all over the place of late, so something in the 4's won't surprise me (A high 5 would be nice, though). I really like this, but the view may be a little too odd to hit the "broad appeal" target.

Post-challenge notes:
Well, I was wrong again! This one came in better than I had hoped. I need to go edit the goals on my profile page, as this one knocks the last 5 off of it. Can I play with the big boys now?

Place: 19 out of 131
Avg (all users): 6.1437
Avg (commenters): 6.7857
Avg (participants): 5.8448
Avg (non-participants): 6.2931
Views since voting: 2052
Views during voting: 330
Votes: 174
Comments: 20
Favorites: 4 (view)

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01/05/2013 12:20:52 PM
Awesome concept. I might steal this idea :-)
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09/20/2012 11:57:35 PM
You have a grand daughter, I didn't know that, I really like this!
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12/27/2008 09:45:28 AM
Dude, this is just lovely!!! What a great scrambled perspective! It is sooooooo like a child. You have captured the impish essence wonderfully! Well done!
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12/22/2008 09:41:30 AM
Somehow I missed this challenge entirely, and this shot. Excellent composition - the eye, the hand, the knee - all backed by that gorgeous hair. And gotta say she looks older than 8. They grow up entirely too fast these days, don't they?
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03/17/2008 12:22:05 PM
very nice idea and very good composition. the warm colors of her skin works really good . And the details in her eye are fantastic. - You've done a great job here! - Congrats on a top 20 finish!
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03/17/2008 10:20:58 AM
Originally posted by Photographers Comments:

Fussed for several hours over exactly how to crop it.

Ahhh...the DPChallenge bug has bitten you big time, eh? :-D Amazing how much time can get sucked up into post-processing isn't it? Myself included at times.

Hopefully your crop left you enough image for a decent size print of this. :-) A keeper for sure! Your extra time spent paid off nicely.

Congrats on needing to edit your profile page!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2008 09:41:25 PM
This photo had a nice sharp focus and good dof.
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03/15/2008 05:15:44 PM
Nice composition and take on the challenge.
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03/15/2008 04:35:43 PM
clear and focused subject, good PP and concept of the challenge
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03/15/2008 09:43:21 AM
Nice picture. She doesn't have that look of peeking out with curiosity. She looks posed and waiting for a shutter sound. Still a 7 though.
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03/15/2008 09:18:30 AM
Nice framing of the subject. Lighting feels a little unbalanced with harsh light on the wall and rather murky looking subject.
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03/13/2008 04:53:48 PM
Lighting looks kind of harsh maybe I would like this better if it was darker almost like she was scared.
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03/12/2008 08:55:44 PM
I like this shot. Could've done without the hair holders around the wrist.
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03/11/2008 07:43:28 PM
Really lovely capture!
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03/11/2008 07:17:45 PM
I love the composition here! The complementary colors of her face & the brick work nicely. That little chunk of mortar hanging just in the corner of her eye emphasing only one eye visible, but it gives me a feeling of impending doom. ("be careful, don't poke your eye out"). But maybe that's just my dark side influencing me.
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03/11/2008 08:25:47 AM
Nice composition. Keeps the viewer guessing as to what is going on. Will we ever see the whole of the girl's face? Nice...
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03/11/2008 06:25:36 AM
Good work. The small point of mortar right at the corner of the eyes is a bit distracting. Minor detail... Very good peek-a-boo.
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03/10/2008 11:19:52 PM
Good idea. A little bit of color cast and through out WB.
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03/10/2008 01:52:32 PM
This is gorgeous!!! The detail in her eye is amazing!
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03/10/2008 07:55:58 AM
Very cool portrait.
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