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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 I
Location: Pensacola, FL, USA...IHOP
Date: Aug 18, 2008
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2009

Tristian Tobar, new marine and wife. I met her in Pensacola, FL when I went to visit my firend Juliana on baseat NAS. They were really good friends and she was newly engaged to another Marine. I think she is 18 or 19. She was shipped off to another base and Juliana hasn't seen or even spoken with her since.

I just took a snapshot of her drinking some coffee at IHOP and was suprised at how nice it looked. I also really enjoy the fact that her eyes match the bit of bokeh in the background. Not too much editing done, dodged and burned the heck out of her eyes, curves, blurred the background slightly, cloned a hair off of her face and some little bumps off of her forehead, a little contrast, smart sharpen, border, and resize.

I don't think this will score very high, mostly because there will be A LOT of amazing portraits in this challenge and while this one is nice, it isn't amazing...but I still like it :)

Place: 275 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.6256
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6686
Avg (non-participants): 5.4800
Views since voting: 796
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 219
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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02/03/2009 03:18:52 PM
I'll disagree with Enzo here - I think this is indeed strong enough to be a "Best of 2008" - it's real, it's warm, and it's really quite good.
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01/28/2009 10:38:20 AM
Very nice candid, love the colour and sparkle in her eyes.
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01/23/2009 11:58:12 PM
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A stunningly beautiful and simple, natural, spontaneous portrait.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2009 11:00:11 PM
The eyes are very well processed but you forgot to process the rest of the pic. This makes it look a little odd to me.
01/22/2009 08:44:56 PM
I can see the smile in her eyes. Composed well and shows her personality. Excellent colors. 7
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01/20/2009 06:51:15 AM
Wonderful sparkle in the eyes. Soft side lighting works well. Nice off center composition. 10
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01/19/2009 06:39:49 PM
I love her relaxed expression.
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01/19/2009 07:54:31 AM
interesting candid, good focus on teh eyes clean colours well done
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01/18/2009 08:45:02 PM
a quirky composition that really makes me want to keep looking - candid and captivating
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01/17/2009 04:16:12 PM
honest eyes
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01/17/2009 09:33:05 AM
so far one of my favorite pictures of individuals....nice framing
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01/16/2009 09:55:28 PM
very nice job on the eyes. my focus went right to them. holding the cup in the foregound was a nice thought too. Great composition.
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01/16/2009 05:38:57 PM
Great eyes, but I find the cup covering the face distracting
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01/16/2009 05:08:54 PM
nice candid, beautiful eyes, but unfortunately not strong enough for a best of 2008 image...sorry :(
01/16/2009 01:56:35 AM
You already know this, but the eyes are captured perfectly here - I wander about the image, coming back again and again to her eyes. Captivating.
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