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Challenge: Female Portrait II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Living room , WC,CA
Date: Aug 30, 2011
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4 second
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2011

In tribute to Jerry Uelsman's undiscovered self

It consists of about six exposures that were taken using a tripod and a boom arm with a remote release. I layered them in PS and masked and revealed at different densities to get the features over and under the pages and shifting the left and right faces into areas that got enough separation. Flattened and de-saturated, then copies and sent layers to Topaz. One got a glow treatment, and another was tightened up to get hard details, then I masked and revealed to get a shifting level of detail.

There are several things I am dissatisfied with, but on the whole I like it, though it has a much less textural feel than I intended and it seemed to slip into the realm of allegory, which is just fine too.

I did a version in color too but I decided to stick with this one. B&W makes for better allegories.

Place: 4 out of 49
Avg (all users): 6.9143
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.1154
Avg (non-participants): 7.0537
Views since voting: 2551
Views during voting: 458
Votes: 175
Comments: 21
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/09/2011 08:02:15 PM
Nicely done. Congrats on the HM!
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09/09/2011 05:28:54 PM
First, congratulations on your ribbon. Seeing your outtake got me thinking about your edits and choices. I agree the b/w is better than the color. I also like what you did with the contrast. However, the smoothness and hyper sharpening in your b/w shot take's it in a completely different direction than Uelsmann's work. In one regard that's a good thing, but I'm not sure I'm liking the direction. Uelsmann's work has soft edges with texture left in the surfaces, which is very effective when combined with the model's expression as a whole. In your photo the edges are hyper sharp. Some of that is probably do to the resizing but the end result is the papers looks like razor blades that could easily tear into her skin if she moves. When you include that effect with the heavy smoothing and the girl's expression it's hard to make the connection your title offers unless you meant it's the becoming of the next SAW movie poster. No offense intended. Just my honest reaction.
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09/09/2011 06:25:24 AM
Excellent image wonderfully handled. Congrats on the HM.
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09/09/2011 01:49:51 AM
Congrats Brennan. Beautiful work!
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09/09/2011 01:38:57 AM
Now I know why programs like Portrait Professional will by default erase all signs of freckles.

It seems they are seen as a skin disease. It's OK, the model is fine, it is a genetic deformity common to people of celtic ancestry, merely a mal-distribution of skin melin, treatable with lasers, skin bleaching creams or agressive photo editing.
09/09/2011 01:36:58 AM
Congrats on 4th, Brennan. This was one of my top two picks (the other one won). It was the first one to come up in voting for me, and I was amazed to see such quality straight up. (That's not a very logical observation, is it?)
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09/09/2011 01:29:51 AM
Beautiful and creative shot.
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09/09/2011 12:28:07 AM
Congrats on your HM Brennan! Wicked cool shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2011 02:42:44 AM
Clever idea. Well executed. Should place well.
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09/08/2011 01:48:19 AM
Awesome. 10
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09/07/2011 12:49:37 AM
This is very cool!
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09/04/2011 11:21:18 PM
Intriguing and very well rendered under the expert ruleset!
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09/04/2011 10:31:50 PM
this is really cool. 10. got to be in the ribbon hunt.
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09/04/2011 07:22:59 AM
Love this idea and everything about it.
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09/03/2011 03:12:38 PM
OOO Weird Freaky Cool Awesome! Never saw on like this!! Very well done
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09/02/2011 10:09:21 PM
Great image. I like the concept. Well executed. The final sharpening may have been too strong.
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09/02/2011 09:49:35 PM
This is kind of strange!, hehe... what does it represent? the coolest paper sheet, is the one under her right hand!..

good luck in the challenge!
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09/02/2011 03:40:23 PM
very well executed - i'd love to hear about what went into it
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09/02/2011 01:48:48 PM
Oh, very ambitious! Very, very well done! Most excellent. Well felt.
One tiny comment ... the girl in the aware position is fantastic, the one asleep makes me think that she'll become a little princess, the nasty one, with a nasty sense of entitlement .... what a pity ... but that's another story.
and one more thing, perhaps I don't see well on my screen; what's on the girl's arm? Looks between hair and a skin disease
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09/02/2011 08:18:59 AM
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09/02/2011 12:52:35 AM
Very interesting effect. The only part I don't like is the texture on her arm and hand.
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