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Challenge: Threes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Home
Date: May 26, 2004
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2004

This one went through some pretty heavy post-processing. I couldn't hold the fans, push shutters, and hold still for any lenght of shutter. No fancy equipment here, so I had to use the built-in flash. The result? Darn flat lighting.

Photoshop to the rescue!

Levels, Dodged, Burned, and Quadtoned. Stray eyebrows cloned or dodged down (I come from a yeti-like people, pale and hairy, so it's a lot of work to give the impression of thin, asian eyebrows). The face was given a diffuse glow to enhance the Geisha look. Finally a little noise for that old-tymey look!

I'm very pleased with it, I'll be interested to see what other people think!

Place: 92 out of 205
Avg (all users): 5.5417
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.5000
Avg (non-participants): 5.6053
Views since voting: 927
Votes: 192
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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06/08/2004 09:51:26 AM
Critique Club:

A wonderful idea, utilising great composition. I think I would have prefered this in colour though, fans are traditionally quite colourful and I'm not convinced there's a good reason for a duotone treatment here. The noise levels don't look effective to my taste, looking more like noise than grain. The black vertical marks in the lower corner of each eye are a bit distracting, and nothing seems quite sharp enough. The lighting has resulted in an unappealing shadow on your subject, thrown by the darkest fan. The eyes don't look sultry, more startled or afraid.
Sorry about all the nitpicking though, as the first impression is good when looking at this photo, these details only become apparent as the viewer looks at it longer. I love a lot of your other work, especially the recent 'Pale Josephine' entry, so I hope to see a lot more!


Edit: Just read your description, so I see your reason for converting to quadtone... a shame you didn't get better lighting!
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06/07/2004 12:07:07 AM
heh...i knew this was yours. I like.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2004 03:16:49 AM
the way the tones are, and the way the lines work, everything pulls you to look at the eyes. Very nice shot.
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06/05/2004 07:21:23 AM
I have a feeling this is going to score pretty high.

I think focus is a little bit too soft, and it's too grainy.

I like the idea, though. And the composition is pretty good too. It's just not working for me, I guess. 5.

Message edited by author 2004-06-10 01:14:10.
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06/04/2004 11:33:25 PM
very nice
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06/02/2004 10:29:52 PM
Yes, there are 3 fans, but the subject here are those great eyes. Perhaps with a little more light on the dark fan and a wider crop you might get a little more attention on the fans. Wish I could see the color version- it looks like you had a good exposure on the eyes.
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06/02/2004 07:14:43 PM
Very nice! The only thing I find slightly distracting is that the right eye is almost touched by the upper fan, looks a bit unnatural.
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06/01/2004 11:55:31 PM
I like the vintage boudoir photo look of this composition. The graininess works.
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06/01/2004 08:58:35 PM
I love the concept and the shot...a little bit too noisy though. It still works--10.
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06/01/2004 11:45:55 AM
good interpretation of the theme - i hope everyone else gets it.
good luck
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05/31/2004 04:29:39 PM
SUPER picture!! hard to see any detail on the black fan, though
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05/31/2004 01:56:55 PM
Finally I get it a very good composition good luck 8
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05/31/2004 12:42:38 PM
Fabulous idea, but the harsh shadow next to the model's right eye is distracting
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05/31/2004 11:24:29 AM
I really like the composition very much. but I long for color in this shot - the fans, the eyes - so much they could say with color that seems lost in the black and white.
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05/31/2004 01:08:33 AM
Three fans, very clever. A tad bit noisy (unless that is the effect you was trying to achieve), I would have liked to see a little crisper on at least the top fan and model's facial features.
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05/31/2004 12:29:03 AM
Nice idea, a tad over exposed though.
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05/31/2004 12:16:53 AM
Three shaded of gray around her eyes. Good ome
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