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Challenge: Masks (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tamron AF 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 IF for Nikon
Location: HOME
Date: Jun 1, 2008
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Jun 1, 2008

Levels - desaturate - unsharp-mask -contrast - slight amount of burning - cropped
Votes: 185
Views: 310
Avg Vote: 5.0973
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0
Wish Lists: 0
Updated: 06/08/08 10:33 pm

Place: 63 out of 89
Avg (all users): 5.1237
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.6667
Avg (non-participants): 5.2826
Views since voting: 994
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 186
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/15/2008 11:42:38 PM
by karmat

I like the general crop of this, though I think showing exactly half the face is a bit unbalanced. It may have felt more balanced and even if you had included just a touch more of the face. The negative space works well here, I think.

Technically, the bw is good, and it looks as if the exposure is pretty near right on. However, the focus is a touch off it would appear.

Also, I'm not sure what purpose the black thing serves. I almost think it would be better without it, but I am assuming you have a purpose for it.

Overall, a good shot and a good idea. Best to you in future challenges.


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06/08/2008 09:13:15 AM
I love the choice to put it wicked off center. The light is fantastic as well; it looks like daylight, which adds to the greco roman feel of antiquity. I also dig the added kinkiness of the black strap in the mouth, a nice playfullness, but with an awesome blank expression.

Message edited by author 2008-06-13 16:02:38.
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06/07/2008 07:11:28 PM
Seems a bit soft and a little too dark.
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06/07/2008 07:10:44 PM
hmm not sure i like this one very much. the focus is strange, i cant quite see what is in focus.. the cropping is also bothering me...
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06/07/2008 12:54:47 PM
I'm not sure what the black thing in the mouth is, but it's getting lost in the background thus confusing whatever it's purpose was. Good try with the composition...somehow, tho, it's just not grabbing me. The negative space kind of just thunks the viewers eye, and I'm not sure what you intended to convey with it.
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06/04/2008 10:20:19 PM
A little dark, focus is a little soft. A catch light in the eye would have helped.
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06/02/2008 09:18:05 PM
i think i would have liked to see the whole face rather than just part of it, in my opinion, but still a cool idea
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06/02/2008 08:41:27 PM
good composition but the spots to the right of the subject(which I believe is hair) detracts from the shot, 6
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06/02/2008 01:48:38 PM
intriguing shot - apparently straightforward and well taken but what is the 'ribbon ' that appears to be in her mouth - or is it across it like some vestigial gag ? or a binding? or a harness ? we just don't know - and so we speculate and wonder . . .
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06/02/2008 12:34:37 AM
I'm on the fence on this one. I like the unique composition but overall it feels a little too dark for me. The strap in the mouth is also a little distracting but hey its still a nice shot!
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06/02/2008 12:32:35 AM
Interesting crop and a creative entry. Good luck!
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