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Sugar Lips
Sugar Lips

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Challenge: Sugar (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: my room
Date: Jul 19, 2008
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2008

My friend gave me a cosmopolitan kit for valentine's and it came with this red/pink rock sugar. So I wet my lips a bit and stuck a whole bunch of sugar on them. Hung a white sheet in front of my bookshelf and opened my windows for as much light as possible. Still had to use my on camera flash. I went for the high key look here, never tried it before so I'm eager to see how it goes. This is my favorite picture of mine so far, so I'm hopeful, it's pretty much just what I pictured :)

Place: 49 out of 114
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07/30/2008 03:39:04 PM
Critique Club Critique
by karmat

Overall, I like this. It has a very modern feeling to it.

Compositionally, I think it would be more effective to crop it so that the eye wasn't showing. Having the single eye is a bit disconcerting and throws the shot off-balance a bit. Also, a tighter crop would help to emphasize the sugar on the lips more, whereas now it could be anything (but is assumed to be sugar because of the challenge).

Technically, you have achieved the high key look well. However, there is a fine line in HK photography that when crossed, you lose important details. I think that is what happened on the lips. If the sugar had been really sharp focused and clearly sugar, I think the shot would have been more effective for the challenge. As it is, though, there is a lot of detail loss on the lips and it almost looks like she just needs a good exfoliation. :)

Again, personally, I really like the shot. I think for this challenge, though, a stronger focus, and clearer focus, on the sugar would have made it stronger.

best to you in future challenges.
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07/28/2008 10:58:51 AM
I thought you did a really nice job. The high key is great and I love that you are just peeking out of a corner.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/26/2008 07:19:25 PM
I like it, the missing eye is frustrating my senses.
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07/26/2008 02:40:06 PM
I get where you were going with this, but it looks a little too blown out.
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07/24/2008 12:00:33 AM
You have attempted a nice concept. There are few things I would want to mention, if you do not mind.

If the title is not there, I would not have been able to say that it is sugar on her lips. I mean, there is a loss of detail on the "sugar on lips". Also, the composition does not seem pleasing to me. The pose could have been a bit more pleasing. The eye seems to be like she is staring with fear.
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07/22/2008 03:19:45 PM
EXCELLENT idea, perfctly executed. I have a feeling this will do very well, and it's certainly one of my favorites thus far!
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07/21/2008 02:38:55 PM
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07/21/2008 12:02:56 AM
Too overexposed for my tastes. Interesting idea though.

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