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Challenge: Hidden Faces (Advanced Editing III)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Dec 26, 2004
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2004

My first challenge with a new Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens and Manfrotto tripod! So what the Dickens was I thinking? I used this corkscrew in the Design & Engineering challenge to suggest a figure with head and arms, but it also makes a nice face upside down. ;-)

Setup: I placed a bottle of wine in a metallic purple gift bag with tassles and hung the corkscrew upside down from the cork with a rubber band. The background is a sheet of gray pearlescent paper, with natural window light reflected off pink and green fluorescent paper. I partially blocked the light to create dark "eyebrows" above the eyes.

Processing:. Shadow/Highlight filter to even out the exposure, USM, cloned out some imperfections on the "face," added a slight saturation boost, and burned in the "eyebrows" and neon green on the bottom right corner. Despite all the little tweaks, the final image is pretty close to the original.

I was torn between cropping tight to just show the face (a square), and showing more of the bottle for context. I ended up with a compromise that suggests a hat.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 97
Avg (all users): 6.7009
Avg (commenters): 8.2593
Avg (participants): 6.6471
Avg (non-participants): 6.7260
Views since voting: 7081
Views during voting: 397
Votes: 214
Comments: 52
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/07/2005 09:15:53 AM
Way to go Shannon!
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01/04/2005 04:15:13 PM
Way to start the New Year Shannon! Congrats!
Guess I need to get out of my snapshot luck mode if I want to keep my edge you ribhog2.gif you!

LOL
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01/03/2005 09:47:44 PM
wow great job
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01/03/2005 08:18:48 PM
Very cool shot Shannon
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01/03/2005 07:21:19 PM
Congratulations Shannon!!! Your hallmark creativity should bring in alot of ribbons this year...Great way to start off!
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01/03/2005 03:55:45 PM
Shannon: what a neat and wonderful execution! The glitter and colors are indeed magnificent. Congratulations on yet another well deserved ribbon. I noticed that you took the advise from your recent and wonderful tutorial. With this award, it will rise to the top ten.
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01/03/2005 11:11:33 AM
Congratulations. Very creative use of paper for your reflections. Thanks for posting your setup info. Great job!
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01/03/2005 10:55:23 AM
Hi Shannon,

Thanks for your comment on my 'Sheep'! your entry wasn't too bad either ;-)

Chris

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01/03/2005 10:50:51 AM
Woohoo! Nice to hit the ground running in January! Thanks for the comments and support everybody. Good luck in 2005!
01/03/2005 10:13:46 AM
Awesome work as usual. Congrats on yet another ribbon :D
Like others have said, what a great way to start off 2005!
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01/03/2005 10:00:52 AM
Congratulations Shannon! This is a great idea! :o)
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01/03/2005 09:12:41 AM
yet another reason you are the first in my favorites!

P.S. please see this thread (not that YOU need to read it)

If you follow this advice, your sure to place in the top!!!

Message edited by author 2005-01-03 09:13:34.
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01/03/2005 09:08:59 AM
awesome job as usual shannon!
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01/03/2005 08:52:46 AM
Nice shot, very clever
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01/03/2005 07:48:35 AM
I have to agree with smokeditor, a great way to start 2005!
Congrats Shannon, this will be your ribbon year ;-)
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01/03/2005 07:34:14 AM
congrat shannon, yet another great shot!
Great way to start off 2005!
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01/03/2005 05:30:53 AM
Great work my friend! Congrats on yet another ribbon ;)
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01/03/2005 03:49:17 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! I gave this shot a "10" during the challenge, great job.
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01/03/2005 01:25:21 AM
=) Pretty cool. Didn't get to vote on this.

Made me think of this guy's wine key pictures: Wine keys.

The site is in russian, and in some of the pics' titles are important there, if you care pm me, i'll translate.
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01/03/2005 01:02:57 AM
Congrats on your continuing creativity and excellence!
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01/03/2005 12:19:52 AM
Originally posted by cbeller:

finally, someone that used some creativity and put some thought into their entry. Surely a ribbon winner! Composed and executed very wel. 10


Looky there, I was right! :-)
Excellent photo! Hopefully I can get one that great with the Tamron.

Message edited by author 2005-01-03 00:20:43.
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01/03/2005 12:14:40 AM
congrats on your ribbon, shannon! now you're never gonna let us forget how great that little 28-75 you've been praising is.. maybe you can sell me yours when you get tired of it ;)
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01/03/2005 12:03:47 AM
alright shannon! great job with the lighting. guess it would look better with a bit more blue and a little less red, but hey, a ribbon's a ribbon! way to go!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2005 10:10:16 PM
Focus is really sharp and I really like what you did with the colorful reflections in the chrome. good job.
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01/02/2005 02:43:14 PM
Nice set up...colors probably okay but stages with the "mop" distracts little for me.
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01/02/2005 09:52:27 AM
nice choice of colors. excellent focus
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12/31/2004 07:59:07 PM
Very nice colors and composition, the best in the challenge. Congrats on the ribbon ;)
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12/31/2004 05:16:39 PM
Cute shot. Nice color.
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12/31/2004 02:17:00 AM
with purple dreads! nice capture!
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12/30/2004 02:26:18 PM
Wow, awesome colors. Face really jumps out at you.
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12/30/2004 02:14:42 PM
Great color, clarity and great comp. <8>
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12/30/2004 02:28:00 AM
You have taken a common subject and made it meet the challenge while making it eye catching. Great focus, interesting background texture, Great use of light, colors and composition. I would have to say one of the best I have seen thus far. Great shot 9!
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12/30/2004 12:11:28 AM
finally, someone that used some creativity and put some thought into their entry. Surely a ribbon winner! Composed and executed very wel. 10
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12/29/2004 08:36:00 PM
Good lighting
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12/29/2004 04:32:18 PM
i like the background too!!
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12/29/2004 03:26:21 PM
Nice lighting and colors!
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12/29/2004 01:31:05 AM
I love the colored highlights
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12/28/2004 08:23:52 PM
what a visual treat. the lighting smacks of eddyg and the title of scalvert. can't wait to see who the master behind this one is. good shot!
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12/28/2004 07:39:02 PM
The cork extractors seemed to be a popular subject for this challenge. This one is well done with interesting and vibrant colors.
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12/28/2004 04:18:06 PM
Very competent image with a clever title.
Good luck
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12/28/2004 12:35:21 PM
Remarkably sharp and clear. I think the lighting is excellent and the magenta and green give nice definition to Ebenezer. My pick for top three.
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12/28/2004 11:07:53 AM
Great face! The lighting is awesome and the florescent colors make this a really cool shot. -9
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12/28/2004 07:34:13 AM
Great colors, very crisp and clean image. easy to find yet hidden face. easy blue IMHO great job
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12/28/2004 12:12:37 AM
I like the lighting on this? How did you do it?
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12/27/2004 04:40:44 PM
Very good use of lights and colours. Nice one.
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12/27/2004 04:14:21 PM
Good seeing and very nice lighting. The only thing that seems out of place to me is the purple-stringed object behind the top. This should be up near the top!
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12/27/2004 01:32:13 PM
Your setup and creative thinking is what sets this picture apart from all the others. Your photographic skills are also well represented by this intriguing portrayal. Great job. 10
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12/27/2004 09:31:14 AM
The most creative shot in this lot with colors that sing and lines that create a pleasing sweep to a screaming mouth. 9
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12/27/2004 07:24:57 AM
mmm perhaps the winner....Well done !
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12/27/2004 05:46:28 AM
Great shot, the colors make this a winner.
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12/27/2004 02:06:09 AM
Nice setup and coloring. Really fun shot for this chalenge.
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12/27/2004 01:18:50 AM
Fantastic image. The oddball colors work extraordinarily well here.
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