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Challenge: Asia (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Montgomery, NJ
Date: Dec 25, 2008
Aperture: f2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2008

This is my first real attempt at a nice looking portrait. I used an old film camera flash on top of my camera to bounce light off of the walls.

A great deal of editing was done to this to hopefully make it look a little more professional and studio-like (despite my very rudimentary setup). A lot of people found the eyes to be a little over-done. I can completely understand that. I happen to really like the way I've done them, but I'll know to tone them down a little in the future. Thanks for all the comments and constructive criticism! My next one will be better!

Big thanks to my friend Emily, the model, for her excellent expression and attention to detail. She did a wonderful job!

Place: 6 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.6548
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 6.5217
Avg (non-participants): 6.7049
Views since voting: 2766
Views during voting: 381
Votes: 168
Comments: 27
Favorites: 0

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01/05/2009 11:46:42 AM
Ohmy! This is so BEAUTIFUL! In my opinion it is flawless and more. The reds are so wonderfully Asian, and I also happen to love the way you did the editing -- including and maybe especially the eyes. I think it is also very typically Asian in its "look". Congratulations on a fabulous showing in this very strong challenge!

01/05/2009 10:12:36 AM
Please perform an Exorcism on her!
01/05/2009 09:27:25 AM
Congrats on your Top Ten!
01/05/2009 02:02:49 AM
Originally posted by bnilesh:

Nice portrait, congratulations on top 10 finish!
Honestly you messed up with sharpness a little bit.The halos created around her hand & nose are distracting.Like the background & composition.

I was going to say exactly the same thing...I think the sharpening and smoothing are a little artificial, but nonetheless you had a personal best and finished well..congratulations
01/05/2009 12:23:06 AM
Nice portrait, congratulations on top 10 finish!
Honestly you messed up with sharpness a little bit.The halos created around her hand & nose are distracting.Like the background & composition.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2009 11:24:27 PM
Very nice. She's cute and you have some great lighting and color in this. My only nitpick is I think you may have pimped her eyes a little too much. They look artificially sharp to me.
01/02/2009 10:13:13 PM
she is beautiful!
12/31/2008 09:53:37 PM
your models eyes just pop...really nice picture
12/31/2008 01:25:56 PM
great composition, lighting. nice photo. 8
12/31/2008 07:54:04 AM
Freaky eyes
12/31/2008 06:28:36 AM
I like globally the portrait, the angle and the warm color, but there's something strange in her eyes (too much dodging ?) and an excessive difference between softened and not softened skin (her nose, ...)
12/31/2008 12:56:02 AM
Whoa! Those eyes! Maybe a little surreal but still nice portrait.
12/31/2008 12:26:48 AM
nice portrait but those eyes are way overdone they look freaky
12/30/2008 11:59:47 PM
Ah, wo ye shuo hanyu. Ta shi hen piaoliang!

Mei nu is right, and so is the light/background. Excellent combo across the board. I'm just a little distracted by the catchlights in the middle of her eyes...Were your flashes triggered by the onboard flash? Either way, a few seconds of cloning would have brought this to 9 territory from me, but now you just get a lowly 8 :P
12/30/2008 08:35:32 PM
Um, those eyes are really disturbing...
12/30/2008 07:08:40 PM
pretty eyes
12/30/2008 04:05:53 PM
She's absolutely beautiful but her eyes seem to be held unnaturally wide open which lends the image a (presumably unintended) scary air. Lighting is lovely, not sure about the quirky angle; it's something that I've seen work well but doesn't work for me for this pose.
12/30/2008 10:08:37 AM
I think the whites of her eyes look too edited to match the softness/delicateness of the rest of the shot. I like the background stripes.
12/30/2008 02:13:53 AM
the eyes seem to be over whitened to me
12/29/2008 09:44:35 PM
Very nice model...To me the eyes look slightly over done.
12/29/2008 06:26:28 PM
Beautiful portrait, beautiful girl. I love the colours, and the way the background lines echo the pose. 10
12/29/2008 11:06:09 AM
This would have done better had the eyes not been over-done. Also, the skin is plastic like, meaning too much noise reduction used IMO.
12/29/2008 10:49:54 AM
It looks like the eyes have been over sharpened and saturated. Unfortunately it takes away from a good picture. 5
12/29/2008 09:32:33 AM
looks a bet over processed and this is the only thing stopping me from giving it 10, 8 and very well done,
12/29/2008 08:25:00 AM
Beautiful but her skin seems a touch over processed (maybe Neat Image?)with her eyes being over sharp. I love the bokeh and the diagonal line created by the tilt of her and her arm.
12/29/2008 03:29:34 AM
Something about her eyes seems very unnatural. Did you dodge the whites?

The lighting is very nice as is the smoothness of the background.
12/29/2008 12:05:59 AM
Excellent composition, I love the angle you have chosen to place the model in the frame. Background really compliments the subject and I really like how soft her skin looks. The eyes are troubling me a little, I really like the makeup that draws you into them but feel your editing may be a little too much on the eyes themselves...hope that makes sense?! Still a 9 from me :o)

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