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The Guitarist
The Guitarist

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Perth Western Australia
Date: Jan 23, 2009
Aperture: F11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Music
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

This is Selina again. She's been nominated for Best New Talent at the WA Country Music Awards.

Straight conversion from raw, Levels adjustment layer to make background white, masked her and the guitar out, curves adjustment layer to darken the top of the guitar to better match the rest of it, merged visible, general curves adjustment to increase contrast, spot healing brush to take out skin spots, burned the line around the irises as per idnics pimp the eyes tutorial, then sponged the whites to desaturate them then painted white in 10% overlay to really bring out the whites of the eyes, spot healded scar on right cheek, new layer by copy, gauss blur at 4.5, erased all but over face, merged visible, resized, usm twice, first at 50% 0.9, then 30% 0.6, 8 bits per channel, saved for web.

Place: 195 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.6519
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.5701
Avg (non-participants): 5.8235
Views since voting: 2090
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 158
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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01/09/2010 07:22:30 PM
i cant believe i missed this shot
wow you sure nailed it
sel looks awesome
she would have to be happy with this
how did she go with the CMA?
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02/11/2009 03:43:10 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

The Guitartist is a very well composed and overall good looking photograph. I like the simplicity even though there are details that make this image intricate. For example I like the simple lighting complimented with the white background. Then in contrast we have nice strong details coming across in the guitar itself and her expression. The small details are what truly draw the eye into the image.

I think when we enter into the Free Study challenges we have to be willing to do it for ourselves and not so much the ribbon. I think it is the hardest challenge to enter. I think if this exact photo had been entered into a specific category like instruments, musicians or something like that you would have seen a much higher placement.

You have a great eye, as well as the ability to put together well composed and clean shots. I really look forward to more entries from you in the future.
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02/08/2009 05:59:13 AM
Really nice work - seems remarkably underrated
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02/08/2009 02:00:21 AM
A Wonderful full body portrait!

Message edited by author 2009-02-08 02:10:48.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 07:40:28 PM
I like the blown out background and a nice composition
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02/01/2009 07:32:09 PM
In my short time here I found that I really like white backgrounds. Im not much for portraits tho but I like this one a lot. The green guitar is pretty and the girls eyes really come out from it. 8
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02/01/2009 07:25:01 PM
This is really cool. My only nitpick is that the way her legs are posed is not the best, but I love everything else.
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02/01/2009 01:38:59 PM
Great portrait. Also a musician (guitar)... :) nice colors.. well done.
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02/01/2009 07:59:13 AM
Very well executed portrait. The tenseness of her left hand seems a bit at odds with the relaxed pose suggested by her draped right arm though.
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