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Highly Dangerous entRy
Highly Dangerous entRy

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
Location: Osaka, Japan
Date: Jan 10, 2009
Aperture: F/3.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60 second
Galleries: Portraiture, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

Convert from RAW
Photomatix (Mask out background)
Lucias Arts (First button)
B&W layer, bring back some color with color layer.
Dodge around eyes
Selective color on scarf to get rid of yellow on right.
Screen layer on eyes for the greenish part in his eyes.
Solid white layer masked out for just the whites int the eyes.
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Place: 81 out of 454
Avg (all users): 6.0556
Avg (commenters): 7.9000
Avg (participants): 5.8505
Avg (non-participants): 6.4545
Views since voting: 1255
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 162
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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04/04/2009 08:21:25 AM
Hey from the Critique Club:
The intensity of the stare is the first thing I notice. The eyes have lots of definition and are very keenly focused on the camera/viewer. Since this was for a Free-Study, you of course met the criteria for the challenge. To be honest, Iím not normally a big fan of portraits, feeling that they largely comprise the money making aspect of photography and not much else. They just sorta seem boring to me sometimes. Your photo, on the other hand, does not fall victim to this. Though the processing is pretty heavy, it works very well with the subjectís face. The sharp, angular lines of the chin, the slight stubble, the pensive expressionÖ all work extremely well together. The extreme HDR youíve done brings out every rugged aspect of his face, amplifying the expression and facial structure. I donít mind the busy background, myself. The reason I donít, is I have a hard time picturing this fellow in a nice studio for a nice portrait. It doesnít mesh with where youíve taken the processing, the pose, or the person, and I think having an outdoors environmental portrait is a much better choice.
In short, I very much enjoy this and think you did an excellent job using lots of processing without going over the top, and have created a portrait with added interest in the process.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2009 07:08:52 AM
This is a real stand-out portrait.
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02/05/2009 08:35:06 PM
The processing is interesting. I have a bit of a problem with the proportions of his face and head. Maybe it's just my eyes (I've been accused of that before) or my monitor. It definitely is an image that makes you look hard. Well done.
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02/04/2009 11:25:51 PM
Excellent portrait, great PP
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02/04/2009 02:13:43 PM
Holy tonemapping, Batman! I like the look, but I miss some sharpness. I can't really tell if the focus is off or if there's some motion blur or something, but it ain't quite right for me. Still, pretty cool looking.
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02/01/2009 06:55:38 PM
Excellent processing.
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02/01/2009 05:43:49 PM
conveys an attitude, the processing really brings out the attitude, great use of DOF
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02/01/2009 03:38:25 PM
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02/01/2009 01:39:47 PM
Looks like someone you dont want to make mad lol. Love the sharpness... just curious how DO you get the sharpness like that? I'm still fairly new lol. 9
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02/01/2009 12:29:33 PM
This is very well done. Great job of processing. This is a memorable image. 9
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02/01/2009 10:24:41 AM
Intense editing but I like it. Incredible eyes. :~)
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02/01/2009 06:24:20 AM
Highly dangerous, no I don't think so!! A wonderful shot!! well maybe the background is just a tad messy , 8
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