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Challenge: Banana (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 3800
Location: Living Room Couch
Date: May 23, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/170
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2004

My daughter, facing the window, with my other daughter holding a black poster board behind her. She's only 12, I'm a horrible mother! ;)

Cropped, adjusted black and white points, adjusted brightness and contrast and did some cloning to get rid of the facial hair (remember she's 12) and her mole and other freckles :) Softened the skin to cover any other imprefections and here you have it. I'm a horrible mother, I know but truth be told her and Ellie argued over who got to pose for this one, I picked Melissa because she had the fuller lips :)

Place: 4 out of 122
Avg (all users): 6.6968
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.3562
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 4507
Votes: 155
Comments: 25
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/02/2005 02:29:07 PM
I think that I am going to phant on some of the comments, if you know what I mean! Anyway, very nice but has a little noise in it, a little on the side, either that or I am blind and/or can't see well. Very nice though!

Love it!
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08/03/2004 04:08:26 PM

This is a wonderful composition, and a brilliant idea, you definetly deserve the score you got! However, with just a few finishing details, this could have broken the seven barrier and grabbed you a ribbon!

As this was an 'advanced' editing challenge, it would have been nice to see the background a true flat black, a little burning would have darkened up that right-hand corner which is slightly distracting.

What type of lighting did you use? The banana seems to be covered in a fair amount of shadow. A good idea would've been to shoot this outside, as natural light would've given evenly distributed light across the entire photo, allowing us a fuller view of the banana.

One technique that might've looked cool on this photo is selective desaturation. If you had desaturated the face, it would have left only the lips and banana in color, which really would've given it a 'WOWZERS' (which it already has, but even more so). Also along these lines, it might've been nice to get rid of the red in the banana, which you probably could've done by using the sponge desaturation tool on the red channel.

Those are my comments! Don't think I have all negative, cause I think this is a wonderful image, and am glad too see you placed so well with it. Funnily enough, I took a picture very similar to this one for the freedom 2 challenge:
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Good luck, and keep up the good work!


Message edited by author 2004-08-03 16:09:47.
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05/30/2004 09:32:38 AM
Your turn for the dreaded 4th place Deannda. (Remember she's only twelve) very sensual shot! I didn't get to vote on all these cause I thought there was one more day, but I woulda (she's twelve...) have given a good score to this one! I just gotta remember she's only twelve! :-P
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05/30/2004 02:39:35 AM
Shame you just missed out on a ribbon this is very nice
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05/30/2004 12:58:56 AM
Ohhh ... top five is not bad, congratulations. One of my favorites in the challenge. Hope to see you in the ribbon column soon!!!
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05/30/2004 12:27:21 AM
Just missed the ribbon, 4th place is still not bad, excellent work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/29/2004 05:15:03 PM
Simple composition, but comes across powerfully. I'd do a tiny bit of cloning of the tip of the nanner to keep the small bits from distracting from the black background. 8
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05/28/2004 11:08:54 AM
Excellent contrast, clarity, and detail. NIce composition.
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05/27/2004 12:48:48 PM
This mouth does not look like it is gona eat the banana so the title is not the right one :P You should also try to fix this white thing in the top right corner. Other then that I like it :)
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05/26/2004 05:20:22 PM
Good composition, but colours are not very sexy (particularly the banana). This may have been better given some treatment with Color Balnce, Hue/Saturation.
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05/26/2004 01:07:39 PM
Excelent image
My tip for a ribbon
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05/26/2004 11:21:14 AM
This is very sensual. There is a wonderful contrast between the shiny wet lips and the banana. It is my favorite image in this challenge.
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05/26/2004 03:04:28 AM
Very provocative. Also, very well taken. Colors and focus are superb.
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05/25/2004 08:30:52 PM
Most of the chin should have been cropped off here.
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05/25/2004 07:14:50 PM
Ahem, am I the only one reading something Freudian in that shot or do I just have a dirty mind? LOL. Well done shot BTW. I would have preferred a pure black background though. 7
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05/25/2004 06:10:30 PM
WOW. Seeing the red of the lipstick reflecting off the tip of the banana is amazing. This shot just grabs me. Nicely done.
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05/25/2004 01:09:18 PM
Good macro. Your model as the perfect lips for such a shot!
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05/24/2004 09:19:08 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background 7
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing 6
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc. 7
How well does it meet the challenge: 8
Total Averaged Rating(Rounded) 7
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05/24/2004 02:37:38 PM
Well executed but I'm really turned off by this idea. Not to my taste at all.
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05/24/2004 02:23:42 PM
Nicely done. I like the lighting and the focus.
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05/24/2004 02:00:52 PM
Very sexy image here.
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05/24/2004 01:57:06 PM
Is she planning ob biting or.. oh. Nevermind. Great colors and lighting but a tad overt isn't it? Made me laugh though.
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05/24/2004 01:51:56 PM
This is brilliant, aspect ratio, crop and DOF are excellent. I was expecting this type of shot to be submitted and you've submitted a cracker. Well done...10
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05/24/2004 02:01:54 AM
most sensual shot here, awesome detail, 9
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05/24/2004 12:51:05 AM
Sensual ... sensuous. Ten from me.
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