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Challenge: Blue (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-3030Z
Location: Montreal,Quebec
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: ISO 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Dec 1, 2002

Wall Mask shot against blue cardboard background. Oboard flash used w/ white balance incorrectly set to provide a blue color cast. Color cast further intensified using Curves, Levels, Saturation, in Photoshop.

Place: 15 out of 243
Avg (all users): 6.5880
Avg (commenters): 8.5263
Avg (participants): 6.5584
Avg (non-participants): 6.6283
Views since voting: 2359
Votes: 267
Comments: 23
Favorites: 13 (view)

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01/30/2005 09:20:38 PM
I can't even begin to tell you how much I like this image. I keep seeing it in my favs list and having to look at it again and again.
03/18/2004 03:07:54 PM
An excellent, striking and memorable shot. Lovely focus and some interesting technique.
12/10/2002 09:02:53 AM
Critique Club

Initial thoughts
Interesting composition, meets challenge well, light and shadow very strong

Composition/ Content
The diagonal angle of the face is a strong compositional choice Ė the line of the nose leading the eye down to the colourful painted lips. The close crop strengthens the composition too. Content is strong - the painted lines of the mask adding graphical interest.

Little background is showing Ė there are some little bits of ribbon at the lower left Ė I donít think these add anything Ė so Iíd recommend excluding them.

Camera Work - Technical
Personally I find the exposure a little off Ė the highlights are too blown out for my tastes Ė although I donít know whether this is down to original shot or post-processing.

Digital Processing - Technical
I am not sure whether the blow out of the forehead and nose of the mask is from the original exposure or from post-processing Ė if from the latter I think itís been overdone.

Fits The Challenge
Both in colour and mood this definitely fits the challenge well.

Your Opinion On The Photo
This photo isnít one of my favourites though I do feel the emotional mood of it. Thatís probably because I donít find thse type of masks appealing in the first place. However I do think the image is a strong one both in terms of content and composition.
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12/09/2002 01:34:36 AM
Phenomenal photo... i think it should have scored much higher... great work :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/08/2002 08:43:59 PM
I like this photo! Very nice lighting. The thing in the lower right corner is a bit distracting though. Also I would have like it more when the upper part would be in focus,too. The DOF is a bit too narrow for my taste. -stephan
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12/07/2002 12:13:50 AM
I think this a wonderful shot. A plus.
12/01/2002 06:11:53 PM
This image said Wow to me when I first saw it! The composition is good it meets the challenge, technically it is good a very good example of an art image
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12/05/2002 10:18:34 PM
Good idea, well executed. Excellent composition. 8
Jim msp
12/05/2002 09:28:44 PM
Very nice. Love the lines. The lighting across the forehead and nose is harsh, but I'm a fan of high-contrast images. Great idea and framing. muckpond
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12/05/2002 12:41:46 PM
Very good lighting
12/04/2002 11:47:58 PM
Excelent shot! I'm not usually a huge fan of blown out highlights, however I think it works very nicely here. I really like the color, and the little touch of red is perfect. A beautiful subject. I'm not sure what the little objects down in the lower left hand corner are, but they don't seem to go with the rest of the shot. I love the placement of the subject within the frame, and the focus and clarity are awesome. Great shot. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/01/2002 06:11:53 PM
Great! Love the smooth blues, and the red lips finish it off really nicely. Interesting angle you've used as well. 10
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12/03/2002 07:54:00 PM
best of show... - 10 - setzler
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12/03/2002 04:16:00 AM
Beautiful color lines. It almost looks 3D. It probably couldn't be avoided, but the items at the bottom left corner are a bit of a distraction. nonetheless this amongst my fav's this week.
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12/02/2002 08:45:00 PM
Spooky. I like it. The red adds a nice touch. jacko. 7
12/02/2002 03:53:00 PM
This is really pretty... I like the blues that you have and the tint even to the white, I think the lighting is nice... and the whole picture has a cool sense around it. I'm giving this a 9, good job!
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12/02/2002 08:52:00 AM
Very "graphical" . Excellent composition. Nice lights.
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12/02/2002 05:09:00 AM
Woudl have been better with plain blue to the left of the mask. Nicely lit. 7
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12/02/2002 04:04:00 AM
Great shot. I like this shot a lot. I would have liked to see it cropped a little less tight to get the other eye all the way in the shot. 8- Jubei
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12/02/2002 01:53:00 AM
I'm not sure what the things in the bottom left are (perhaps some ties) but they don't seem to belong in the shot. Nice tones and clarity in the remainder of the photo.
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12/02/2002 01:45:00 AM
nice shot. the lines create a very nice alliteration with the form (basically, good subject matter choice), and the form has an interesting relationship with the edges. the (slightly muted?) red of the lips offsets the blue overtones very nicely. i like how the mask doesn't look so much sad as it does downwardly contemplative and absent. but hollowness comes with being a mask i suppose. 9.
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12/02/2002 01:16:00 AM
interesting... would like to see how the sad drama mask would look here
12/02/2002 12:16:00 AM

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