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Challenge: Free Study 2011-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Canon Power Shot SX10 IS
Location: Bridge Mall, Ballarat, Vic. Australia
Date: May 3, 2011
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Black and White, Blur
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2011

I can just imagine the reaction this is going to get! Never mind, it appeals to me.
Shop mannequins behind a window with buildings reflected on them. I used a filter with vaseline smeared on it in a circular pattern which produced the radial effect.

Crop with slight rotation to straighten
Rotate> Flip horizontal (because I didn't want the word 'living' to be in reverse.)
Convert to black and white
Topaz Detail
Dodge cheeks and chin slightly (right hand mannequin)
Filter Forge vibrance
Stroke border

Place: 251 out of 344
Avg (all users): 5.2628
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 5.2574
Avg (non-participants): 5.2778
Views since voting: 472
Views during voting: 231
Votes: 137
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2011 09:59:25 PM
I like the effect.
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06/07/2011 09:48:30 PM
Excellent blur.
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06/07/2011 09:37:01 PM
Interesting to look at and love the movement. 9
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06/07/2011 05:54:25 PM
Wonderful things happening in this. Like a time warp.
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06/07/2011 02:09:06 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: I do like the swirly blur here - it makes me feel that I am somewhat out of phase with the world I am seeing. I think that's an accomplishment to shift the sense of blur and movement away from the subject and onto us. I'm particularly fond of the building behind and the hints of the wider world so revealed.

Critical stuff: For all of the comments above, I do feel that the image is ever so slightly over-contrived. I often like that, it communicates the photographers intent but here, there seems to be something a little lacking.... Like you don't quite believe in the image. That sounds like nonsense as I read it back - but that's how I feel.

Overall: A well executed image with some fascination but for me - the more I look at it, the more hollow it feels. I wonder if I looked for longer it would turn me again...
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06/07/2011 01:27:36 PM
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06/06/2011 09:44:05 PM
A little something more reveals itself everytime I look at it. The wonderful enigma is that all these little somethings only strengthen the mystery.
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06/06/2011 07:53:45 AM
Great job, how do you make this effect?
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06/05/2011 01:06:29 PM
So ghostly. Excellent.
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06/01/2011 12:32:26 AM
Interesting, is she a manequin ?
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