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Faceless Mask
Faceless Mask

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 880
Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
Date: Mar 9, 2008
Aperture: 1:5.6
ISO: ?
Shutter: 1/30 sec.
Galleries: Interior, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2008

This was my carrying piece in our most recent IORG (Masonic group, Rainbow Girls) installation. I was installed as Charity, so it was a pretty big ceremony for me. You can't see them, but the feathers on the left side of the mask are purple--very, very pretty little mask. The red wooden roses are rather nice, too. I'm so glad I still have them; I found them in Disney World, I think. You can see the stem to the one (dead) real rose in the vase.

Cropped the original image twice, scaled it down, applied a sharpening filter, used a dodge tool, softglow filter, sharpened, fuzzy select tool used to dodge parts of the blinds in the back, JPEG quality reduced to 97% (just small enough file size to fit, not enough to affect, from what I could see).

Wish the blinds hadn't been there, but y'know what? I'm not a professional, and I need to kick this perfectionist habit, anyway, so I'll deal. On that note, I feel like it would have been a better photo if I had done the same with the background in the top corners as I had with the bottom corners. It took a lot of work, but that might have actually looked better...

Place: 475 out of 500
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2008 12:43:11 PM
While this might be an interesting mask, it doesn't quite make an interesting photograph. There isn't anything to tie it emotionally to the viewer.
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04/04/2008 05:25:11 AM
Doesn't do it for me. Maybe with a more interesting background and better capture of the color in the mask.
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