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Challenge: Selective Desaturation (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: bedroom, of course.
Date: Jun 15, 2004
Aperture: 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2004

bored while my nephew slept--i decided to mess around with my own face for a change!
plus i had to find a use for the fading roses from my birthday. :)
crop, USM, light NI, a little dodge and burn, desat except for the flowers--but mainly just overexposed the heck out of it. :)

Statistics
Place: 150 out of 227
Avg (all users): 4.9655
Avg (commenters): 6.6875
Avg (participants): 4.8720
Avg (non-participants): 5.1154
Views since voting: 2095
Votes: 203
Comments: 29
Favorites: 11 (view)


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04/29/2006 01:33:29 PM
Love the high key around the face, it really forces you into those eyes which are mesmerizing all by themselves.
03/13/2005 09:17:53 PM
You were robbed on this shot. This is an outstanding study and a wonderful portrait!
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02/08/2005 03:27:06 PM
I like :)
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02/08/2005 11:30:05 AM
Great shot, the blown highlights may not be to everybody's taste, but it definitely deserved a higher score. I love the character of the shot, and the expression is mesmerising. Wonderful eyes.
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01/20/2005 12:31:26 AM
This is a beautiful shot. I love the high exposure and soft focus. The eyes look awsome. Very nice post-editing. It's really a shame that it did not score higher.
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07/27/2004 06:54:53 AM
Beautiful photo, I can't believe it got rated so lowly!
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07/21/2004 03:36:07 PM
Such an amazing pose and look in the eyes - very striking and quite sexy.
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06/28/2004 03:17:45 AM
Glad to see some appreciation for this style, as, sadly, I thought it would struggle ... judging from my previous experience in the portrait challenge.

I echo the sentiments of the previous 3 commenters..great work, well done.
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06/28/2004 02:52:28 AM
Scores like this make me want to boycott this site. This is an unbelievable photo of a beautiful face. Maybe it's not everyone's style, but scores like that just confirms that left to their own devices, people are stupid.

This is beautiful.

**edited later once I wasn't so peeved: ok, so people may not be stupid so much, but I get tired of all the "inside the box" voting.

Message edited by author 2004-06-28 03:37:11.
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06/28/2004 01:53:33 AM
I cannot believe work like this can go so un-noticed by so many voters. I understand art is subjective, but it seems so many of the voters only see the technical aspects in photography. This is a modern style with the exposure so exaggerated it is clearly intentional. I really hoped this one would do better in the challenge.

Message edited by author 2004-06-28 02:26:03.
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06/28/2004 12:29:08 AM
beautiful ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2004 01:24:15 AM
I like the blown out look- but it's almost too much. The photo is great, and like I said, the look is there, but it might need to be toned down a little bit
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06/25/2004 09:57:37 AM
This is true artistry. Your model has beautiful features that your technique has really made the most of. The colored roses (I think they're roses) are just the right touch, not distracting from her face at all, but rather enhancing the overall beauty of the portrait. It wouldn't be the same without them or if they were in black&white. I like it a lot.
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06/24/2004 08:21:37 PM
Great Image... What multiple filters were executed to cast the effect?
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06/24/2004 03:14:34 AM
I didn't like this picture when I first saw it. But when I went back to it and studied it some more it kinda grew on me. The processing which I found to be overwhelming at first now seems to make sense, emphasizing the hypnotic eyes of the model. Good job, I'm changing my 5 to a 7
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06/23/2004 10:55:53 PM
Good high key lighting, just wish the background was balanced with it , its a great picture though :) - 9
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06/23/2004 09:06:55 PM
thank you for not doing the eyes - 8
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06/23/2004 07:59:20 PM
Contrast appears a bit harsh and lighting overexposed. Not sure if it works for this photo. Also, I'm not sure if the shadowy grain on the right half of the face works as traditional portraits appear to be soft and flattering. Image appears soft overall with no definite sharpness other than the eyes, which are still not as sharp as I'd like them to be. I believe the flowers should've been sharper for this submission as coloring them still doesn't take my attention and focus away from the model's eyes.
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06/23/2004 04:01:35 PM
Very pretty photo. I like your use of lighting and contrast to create an etherial effect that emphasizes the title. It might have been nice to see her eyes in a color tone that compliments the flowers?...... 7
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06/23/2004 12:20:02 AM
You have some blown out highlights... JK :) Great effect and well done, I love the contrast between the eyes and white face. Maybe use USM on the flowers only?
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06/22/2004 06:28:38 PM
This is not my style, but the realy white and the rely black give a great contrast.
Still..... it's not my style ;)
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06/22/2004 04:17:34 PM
You should receive a special award for bravery..Combining partial desat with a high key portrait..both unpopular techniques on this site.
Since it`s a Partial desat challenge..hopefully voters won`t be too unkind to you.
I love both techniques and really like your portrait in high key..my only criticism is that I would like to have seen it a bit sharper with less softening but it is very 60`s in style and something I would like to see more of on this site.
Well done
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06/22/2004 12:34:25 PM
Beautiful portrait! I like high-key used a lot. I think I may have tried to keep a little more definition around the nose, but I am not familiar with doing this at all, so it may not be possible. The eyes are perfectly focused.
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06/21/2004 07:36:55 PM
amazing portrait. the eyes are totally compelling :)
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06/21/2004 12:18:48 PM
what happened to her nose. The highlights are completely blown out. Contrast is way too high. The flowers are more distracting than complimentary. sorry.
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06/21/2004 10:35:50 AM
I love the exposure, color & effect you got - (+
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06/21/2004 08:04:46 AM
A little to overexposed I think. I can see why you made the choice (I think) but I think you have gone a little too far...

Still a good image.
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06/21/2004 03:34:35 AM
What an absolutely stunning model, just stunning. Great photo, love the harsh lighting and the more subtle level of colour rather than something too bright. 10
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06/21/2004 01:28:03 AM
nice effect but more like for a different contest.
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