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A  Dark Reflective Mood.
A Dark Reflective Mood.
LiamD2005


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Double Take II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Location: My study.
Date: Aug 27, 2008
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/6 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2008

I simply pressed my face up against a mirror. I was lit from the side by a table lamp.
My reflection is in focus and staring straight out.

I resized it and brightened it ever so slightly.
I checked the original Double take challenge and cant see anything too similar to this so I hope its well received.

Im sure Ill hear that its too dark in the centre and the glare is off putting but I like this image more than any of the others I tried.

Statistics
Place: 129 out of 150
Avg (all users): 4.8487
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.5227
Avg (non-participants): 5.0400
Views since voting: 658
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 119
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0


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09/09/2008 05:46:25 PM
I don't think the overall darkness would be to bad if the eye staring at you had been a little more prominent. Others may disagree but a nice sharp eye works better for me, the rest slightly soft is not as much as an issue.
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09/08/2008 11:49:54 AM
It just seems too dark on my monitor. I don't mind the darkness in the center, and I quite like the way the face is half hidden by the darkness. It's the midtones that seem too dark. Also the focus on the right side of the image is not sharp enough. I think it would have been better with a deeper DOF and more contrast. The b&w conversion layer could be adjusted to get more light in the midtones, or a curves layer.
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09/08/2008 10:11:44 AM
I really like the image and idea.. one thing I did notice, on my laptop at home it looks really great.. at work it is extremely dark. IMO the monitor the voter is viewing from can make all the difference in the votes you are pulling.
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09/08/2008 09:39:57 AM
Lack of sharpness is the main issue here. You can't get a perfectly focused image from a mirror, it may look sharp but it isn't, I don't know why though but i'm sure it may have something to do with the silver backing used. Unfortunately I have to mention the dark look this has. Highlights are too grayish for them to complement the image and help its contrast.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/04/2008 09:04:11 PM
Nice idea but a bit heavy in the blacks and a tad unsharp
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09/01/2008 11:08:52 AM
Cool idea but I think a LOT more contrast (IMHO really bumping up the highlights) would have made this a great shot. You sort of miss the intensity of the mood you were trying to capture.
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