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Challenge: Lens Flare (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Date: Sep 4, 2011
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2011

I really struggled with this challenge. I took a lot of pictures into the sun that had no flare and a lot with a little flare but were not interesting images. In this image my daughter was on a ladder looking down at me. It was an unflattering angle below her chin. Plus her right eye was a bit hooded, and there was some distracting trees in the upper right. However, it had the nice ring of lens flare, and I had few decent flare pics to choose from. So, I cropped it severely. I like the way the ring of her iris echos the ring of the flare. Because of the really heavy crop, it looks a bit soft and that will hurt the score. Thanks go to my wonderful daughter, who was so patient with me when I repeatedly asked, "Can we try a few more flare shots?"

Place: 42 out of 157
Avg (all users): 5.8348
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.4844
Avg (non-participants): 6.2745
Views since voting: 464
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 115
Comments: 5
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/17/2011 12:42:33 PM
Shud haf been higher.
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09/12/2011 07:02:36 AM
Good finish. And a fav! :-) They're the best!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2011 01:32:47 AM
I like the composition and tight crop, but wanted to see the lips not chopped on the left. The big flare really adds interest to the whole image. Maybe it's my monitor, but it looks a bit over-saturated and over-sharpened here. (On a side note, I think I recognize your model, so I'm not voting... and I think you are going to win your BYOAKC match). Good luck!
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09/06/2011 12:58:27 AM
Awesome !!! Just beautiful!
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09/05/2011 09:15:37 AM
Love the model and the crop,not so keen on the flare.
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