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Orange and Oh, Those Blues!
Orange and Oh, Those Blues!

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Challenge: Complementary Colors V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Idaho
Date: Nov 5, 2010
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2010

Lots of love went into this photograph, I had this idea, but couldn't find an orange hat and scarf. So I crocheted the hat and knitted the scarf (those crafting skills come in handy on more than one occasion in photography).

I really had to mess around with this one in RAW to get the colors to pop the way I wanted.(after all complimentary colors when mixed make brown, and her eyes were reflecting the orange and was making her eyes appear more brown than blue) I had to mess a ton with the hue(you can tell by the slight purple cast to her skin) The saturation and overall lightness had to be adjusted as well. Finally I got the blue in her eyes I was looking for.

The whole time I was trying to figure out the eye color problem I was thinking this would have been so easy to fix in advanced editing instead of Basic. But I learned a ton by trying to solve the problem in ways that would still be legal in basic editing.

At first I was bummed it was a cloudy day and wouldn't get any blue from the sky, but it turned out alright since I decided to go for a high key look and the white clouds provided a great background.

Expected critiques:
Too light
Face washed out and a slight purple cast
Not sure if I cropped it too close, I wanted to ease off a bit but there was a weird thing going on with the scarf.

Place: 7 out of 100
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Views since voting: 1807
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Votes: 211
Comments: 10
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11/17/2010 12:43:46 PM
Congrats on yet another top 10 finish. Such a nice photo and I think you're way harsher in your own critique than the rest of us :) Keep going like this and there's a ribbon waiting for you in the very near future.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/16/2010 09:52:02 PM
Hate orange but it is worth the staring into such beautiful eyes. Second ten for me.
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11/16/2010 06:27:29 PM
Such a beautiful picture with a wonderfully subtle color complement. A ribbon winner in my book. I just wish the title lived up to the standard set by the picture :)
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11/14/2010 08:18:15 PM
One of my favorites!
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11/14/2010 05:44:39 PM
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11/14/2010 05:22:21 PM
Nice shot.
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11/11/2010 12:16:23 PM
Impressed with this ,different will always attract points in my world.
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11/10/2010 08:02:18 PM
Look, a blue eyed orange. Good picture.
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11/10/2010 03:56:11 PM
Fantastic eyes. Not a criticism, but did you try cropping a tiny bit tighter to lose the white bits far left and right. Would that work better? Either way, this was one of only 3x 9's I have given out in this challenge and my pick for a ribbon / honorable mention.
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11/10/2010 11:17:17 AM
top 3 for me! great job!
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I love it!
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