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Stare
Stare
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Atlanta, GA
Date: May 18, 2008
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

The stare of this model is haunting to me.
I'm guessing some will say the leaves on the left distract.
I tried cropping them out, but it left the photo far less interesting.

For those who are going to ask, no, that's not the color of her eyes. They actually have some spots of yellow in them also, but I took the yellow out because y'all wouldn't have believed that those babies were real.

Please be nice.

Thanks

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After voting

Yup, I knew the leaves would be controversial.

The background color and her eye color matching is coincidental. I didn't change the background to match her eyes or vice versa. I just changed the yellow spots in her eyes to the blue color already present in her eyes.

Statistics
Place: 421 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.7787
Avg (commenters): 6.6429
Avg (participants): 5.7630
Avg (non-participants): 5.8667
Views since voting: 683
Views during voting: 715
Votes: 497
Comments: 74
Favorites: 1 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:16:58 PM
Pow. Those are some blue eyes.
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03/17/2009 09:48:30 PM
Beautiful! Love the composition.......10
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03/17/2009 08:29:42 PM
Sharp and you left texture on the skin.
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03/17/2009 07:08:22 PM
Great portrait, love the colours and how they're all matched up. I think I would prefer a little more space to the right as it feels a little tight on her face. Lighting is good and the eye contact is fantastic
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03/17/2009 04:39:23 PM
Good shot, her eyes are so bright. Nice use of the background to draw them out.
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03/17/2009 04:04:18 PM
Great eye color, I think the green branches are a bit distracting.
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03/17/2009 03:34:38 PM
Dont really get a feeling out of this one. I think she looks at me and I dont know why...
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03/17/2009 03:27:34 PM
Beautiful model and great matching of the eyes to the background. If the eye colour is unenhanced then they are incredibly striking - if they have had a vibrance boost I might have just backed it off slightly.
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03/17/2009 10:58:56 AM
Nice portrait... she has intense eyes.
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03/17/2009 09:43:48 AM
Interesting portrait. Lovely big blue eyes.
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03/16/2009 11:10:03 PM
fantastic eyes
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03/16/2009 11:02:48 PM
Love the teal green tones in this shot, the eyes and the background match so well and feed the happy feel to this shot.
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03/16/2009 10:50:51 PM
I can't decide whether I hate the green leaves or love them. I know I don't like their green competing with her eyes and the BG. I think I might have cropped off most of them and then cloned out the tips.

otherwise, this is wonderful, I think. :)

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 03:40:32 PM
Nice shot.
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03/16/2009 03:37:26 AM
Awesome capture and presentation. Gorgeous.
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03/16/2009 02:38:31 AM
Amazing eyes!
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03/16/2009 12:27:45 AM
strong stare.
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03/15/2009 11:17:57 PM
Nice shot. Cool use of color.
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03/15/2009 10:02:05 PM
stunning 7
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03/15/2009 09:55:07 PM
She is beautiful ... nice detail love the colours
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03/15/2009 09:15:37 PM
Wow! Check out those greens! She is stunning.
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03/15/2009 07:56:40 PM
I had a girlfriend once who had eyes like that. You cant hide anything as they peer into your soul and trap you in a corner. Very intense and beautifully colored. Good luck and congrats on capturing this gripping stare!
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03/15/2009 03:20:57 PM
Beautiful eyes
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03/15/2009 01:45:40 PM
Great portrait, the colors and detail are excellent.
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03/15/2009 12:03:11 PM
With a face like that, the greenery and bg is a distraction. This seems to want either a tighter crop on her face or a looser crop with more context. I vote for full frontal face and hair or at least not cutting off her left. I'm still giving a 6 for that incredible face and its delivery in spite of the comp flaws.
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03/15/2009 12:00:38 PM
Amazingly well done, I just want to keep staring into those eyes 8
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03/15/2009 10:21:52 AM
Intense eyes! Nice colours and composition.
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03/15/2009 09:05:49 AM
Great PP job - love the tone and color of this - keep up the good work
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03/15/2009 05:48:45 AM
oh my, those eyes!!
coz of the noise its just 5
brano
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03/15/2009 12:24:46 AM
She has beautiful eyes!
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03/14/2009 10:08:27 PM
her face is well accented
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03/14/2009 09:42:36 PM
Nice portrait. Matching her eyes and the painted wall behind her makes for a striking image
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03/14/2009 03:45:16 PM
beautiful eyes, nice portrait. good tones colors. 8
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03/14/2009 12:55:16 PM
Beautiful eyes
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03/14/2009 11:54:18 AM
Intense eyes, and nice tie-in with background.
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03/14/2009 09:47:07 AM
Beautiful portrait.
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03/14/2009 05:42:39 AM
very nice shot
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03/14/2009 04:11:24 AM
I like that the eyes match the background, but I think it would be better without the leaves. Beautiful model, and nice portrait.
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03/13/2009 11:04:51 PM
she has just beautiful eyes a very nice image
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03/13/2009 08:47:54 PM
Is that really the color of her eyes? It almost looks too intense to be real but it matches the background very nicely.
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03/13/2009 08:30:30 PM
excellent , I like it. Leaving the leaves on the left is arguable whether it adds to the image. I would have left it out, 7
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03/13/2009 05:30:58 PM
thats quite a stare
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03/13/2009 03:27:49 PM
I really like where you have her in the frame, but the green plant to the left of the frame is a bit distracting
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03/13/2009 01:43:15 PM
lovely eyes.. looks like her left side was smoothed out and not the right
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03/13/2009 01:08:18 PM
really well done ... the choice of background really makes her eyes pop and I love the hint of green that the plant brings in ... my only suggestion would be to not have cut off part of her necklace ... 8
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03/13/2009 12:55:40 PM
Nice to see the colors of the model eyes and hair also in the background.
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03/13/2009 12:22:15 PM
Nice color in the eyes but she looks scared or something.
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03/13/2009 04:08:21 AM
I feel there is too much to the left of the model but her expression is totally drawing me in!
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03/12/2009 11:48:04 PM
Nice portrait, although it *almost* looks like she's surprised, but I don't think that was the intention. I think the leaves on the left distract from the shot as well.
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03/12/2009 11:17:33 PM
Good shot. The lighting could be a bit softer but still nice.
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03/12/2009 09:14:28 PM
bumping up... nice use of colors
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03/12/2009 08:39:13 PM
She has some amazing eyes! I think I would like this shifted just a tad to the right though to encompass her just a little bit more.
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03/12/2009 03:11:20 PM
wow, i hope those are her real eyes, but somehow I doubt it. The turqoise wall really sets them off.
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03/12/2009 01:10:15 PM
It was a sad moment the day she opened her closet and found that she only had one choice left. Thankfully, it was one of her better selections, and perhaps this one would last longer than the others. Perhaps she had learned from her mistakes and could use this one for the rest of her time here.

Perhaps.

So it was she grabbed the last head attachment and began another day in her observation of the human race, under new guise, and fervently hoped that they would not catch on that she was an android sent from a distant planet once again, because shipping for new head attachments was off the charts!
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03/12/2009 01:09:36 PM
I like how her eyes match the back wall because it's not too overpowering, and her eyes stay the focal point.
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03/12/2009 12:39:02 PM
Gorgeous eyes. Nice composition to. Good lighting and detail.
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03/12/2009 10:58:39 AM
I really like the crop and how the eyes match the background.
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03/12/2009 07:29:43 AM
nice portrait, beautiful blue eyes whcih blend perfectly with the wall in the back
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03/12/2009 07:12:58 AM
Very interesting composition for a portrait. I like it.
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03/12/2009 06:33:01 AM
The girl and the plant should be closer to each other or the shot should be a little bit wider, It is a nice clear picture though, nice face that would do well just without the plant.
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03/12/2009 01:31:40 AM
The balance of the photo doesn't do much for me. Neither does the composition. But I like the focus, and the colors.
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03/12/2009 12:46:26 AM
a little too overprocessed for my eyes but i like how her eyes match the background
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03/11/2009 09:17:44 PM
such pretty blues...excellent focus and colors
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03/11/2009 07:06:33 PM
Those are some crazy amazing eyes. Did you PS to have the background match them or was that a happy/intentional coincidence?
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03/11/2009 05:19:13 PM
OMG her eyes blend in with the background lol... nice work
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03/11/2009 05:13:08 PM
great eyes .. they move with the picture ...
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03/11/2009 01:41:41 PM
Lovely portrait. Beautiful blue eyes, very captivating! 9
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03/11/2009 01:05:47 PM
Glamour shot
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03/11/2009 12:24:16 PM
nice portrait, but i would have either cropped the collar complete off, or gave it more room. nice colors, nice shot
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03/11/2009 10:53:25 AM
wow her eyes match the background...haha
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03/11/2009 10:01:52 AM
I can't stop staring at her eyes! And, I like the leaves on the left... It feels like they anchor the negative space. Well done. 8.
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03/11/2009 04:03:06 AM
Love the way the background shos off her eyes
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03/11/2009 02:36:59 AM
Striking eyes.

I like the tones, but the skin on may have benefitted from a little neat image.
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03/11/2009 12:38:26 AM
What an incredibly creative balance to this photo. The colour is amazing. 10
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